BABY BACK SHAK— The Oak Cliff restaurant may have gotten a facelift, but the barbecue is still the finger-licking delight it always was. www.babybackshak.net. 1800 S. Akard St., 214.428.7427.
LOCKHART SMOKEHOUSE— Jill Grobowsky Bergus and her husband, Jeff, knew exactly what Dallas was missing: A Central Texas-style 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.lockhartsmokehouse.com. 400 W. Davis, 214.944.5521; 1026 E. 15th St., Plano, 972.516.8900.
PECAN LODGE— 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.pecanlodge.com. 2702 Main St., 214.748.8900.
RISCKY’S BBQ— This family-owned and -operated barbecue tradition has been serving quality meats for more than 70 years. “Riscky’s Dust” gets handrubbed on the top cuts of beef, pork and turkey and is then slow-cooked for hours over specially made pits. Multiple locations. www.risckys.com.
SMOKE RESTAURANT— Award-winning Chef Tim Byres specializes in slow-smoked meat and oldschool cooking from scratch to create some of the most flavorful New American dishes around. Try the dry-rubbed pork spare ribs with a side of creamy macaroni and cheese. www.smokerestaurant.com. 901 Fort Worth Ave. (inside the Belmont Hotel), 214.393.4141; 2408 Preston Road, Plano, 972.599.2222.