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BABY BACK SHAK Bar­be­cue. The Oak Cliff restau­rant may have got­ten a facelift, but the bar­be­cue is still the fin­ger-lick­ing de­light it al­ways was. www. baby­back­ 1800 S. Akard St., 214.428.7427. COOPER’S BBQ Bar­be­cue. Tex­ans can’t get enough of Cooper’s bar­be­cue. This is clas­sic bar­be­cue—ribs and brisket—at its best, served with beans, cole slaw, potato salad and more. Make sure to fin­ish your meal with a scoop of peach cob­bler.­ers­b­bq­fort­ 301 Stock­yards Blvd., 817.626.6464. LOCK­HART SMOKEHOUSE Bar­be­cue. Jill Grobowsky Ber­gus and her hus­band, Jeff, knew ex­actly what Dal­las was miss­ing: A Central Tex­as­style bar­be­cue joint in the tra­di­tion of those in Lock­hart. The first lo­ca­tion, in the Bishop Arts District, was so pop­u­lar that it spawned an­other in down­town Plano. www.lock­hartsmoke­ 400 W. Davis, 214.944.5521.; 1026 E. 15th St., 972.516.8900. PECAN LODGE Bar­be­cue. What started as a small cater­ing com­pany with just one smoker has grown into a mas­sively pop­u­lar bar­be­cue restau­rant, where peo­ple have been known to wait for hours just for a rib or burnt end. Af­ter out­grow­ing their spot at the old Dal­las Farmer’s Mar­ket, Justin and Diane Four­ton claimed a spot in Deep El­lum and the crowds fol­lowed. www.pecan­ 2702 Main St., 214.748.8900. RIS­CKY’S BBQ Bar­be­cue. This fam­ily-owned and -op­er­ated bar­be­cue tra­di­tion has been serv­ing qual­ity meats for more than 70 years. Mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions. SMOKE RESTAU­RANT New Amer­i­can. The name speaks for it­self: just smokin’ good. Award-win­ning Chef Tim Byres spe­cial­izes in slow-smoked meat and old-school cook­ing from scratch to cre­ate some of the most fla­vor­ful New Amer­i­can dishes around. www.smok­er­estau­ 901 Fort Worth Ave., 214.393.4141. 2408 Pre­ston Road, Plano, 972.599.2222. TEN 50 BBQ Bar­be­cue. At Ten 50 BBQ, char­coal made from hick­ory, oak, pecan and mesquite fla­vors the meat that cooks right in front of you. 1050 N. Central Expy., Richard­son, 972.234.1050. TIM LOVE’S WOODSHED SMOKEHOUSE Bar­be­cue. This “homage” to smoke, fire and fla­vor rests on the Trin­ity River in Cow­town and treats hun­gry car­ni­vores to an un­ex­pected and in­vig­o­rat­ing take on tra­di­tional bar­be­cue. Re­ly­ing on more global in­flu­ences, the menu daz­zles with choices like brisket-stuffed piquillo pep­pers and smoked red fish en pa­pil­lote. www.wood­shedsmoke­ 3201 River­front Drive, Fort Worth, 817.877.4545.

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