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.lock-
hartsmokehouse.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., 214.393.4141; 2408 Preston Road, Plano, 972.599.2222.