Almost as synonymous with Texas and margaritas is Texas and barbecue (barbeque?). We may be biased, but Texas BBQ beats out the other styles by a long shot. Although we respect good pulled pork coated in a vinegary sauce, nothing compares to the brisket we eat down here.
Not only is Texas BBQ the best you can get, there are so. many. places. to get it. We’ve all heard of the hot shots – Franklin’s, Lockhart’s, Pecan Lodge – now it’s time to throw another name into the mix: Ten50.
Ten50, which is located a little north of Dallas in Richardson, occupies a giant space, a little reminiscent of Rudy’s. As you walk up, you’re greeted by a giant DALLAS mural (think: Bishop Arts), and the smoky (and delicious) smell of meat. We joked waiting in line outside, we would smell like a giant fire pit for days – then we decided that may be a good way to get the attention of the opposite sex (stay tuned for that experiment).
When you arrive, though, you essentially follow your nose to the line outside, where you place your order in front of the giant smokers and grill. The options are endless – buy meats by the pound, grab a two- or three-meat plate with your choice of sides, or even a salad if for some reason you feel like passing up all the meats (not recommended, but I’m sure the salads are delicious). The meat will be sliced right in front of you, and fingers crossed you’ll be able to snag some burnt ends from the brisket. Once you grab your protein(s), you head inside to pick up sides and dessert.
As for sides (that are all homemade!), they range from beans to mac-n-cheese to fried okra. Don’t skip the fried okra – it’s some of the best we’ve ever had. The onion rings are on-point, too. Although the beans and mac-n-cheese were delicious, they were an afterthought compared to the fried okra.
All in all, we tried the smoked turkey, chicken, brisket, ribs and torpedoes (chicken or brisket stuffed in a jalapeno, wrapped in bacon, which is smoked then grilled). Our favorites were the turkey, brisket (burnt ends specifically), and the torpedoes. Next time, we’re going for the half chicken, which came highly recommended by the GM.
What are some of your favorite BBQ joints in Texas?
xo – kels