We’re taking notice of Fort Worth’s barbecue boom. This summer, three new spots have us making the drive.
The chopped brisket from Heim Barbecue
Husband-and-wife duo Travis and Emma Heim are nationally recognized for their tedious approach to farm-to-smoker meat—and their invention of Bacon Burnt Ends (savory smoked pork belly chunks). They’ve now opened a much larger, second location, in Fort Worth’s River District. Designed by Coeval Studio, Heim River has a modern, stay-for-a-while vibe and offers a cocktail menu and, soon, a beer garden. Order a bottle of Champagne with the three-meat platter and make a day of it. 5333 While Settlement Road, heimbbq.com
Some of the guys behind Goldee’s Barbecue
Childhood buddies Dylan Taylor, Lane Milne, Jonny White, Nupohn Inthanousay and Jalen Heard are Austin musicians-turned-pit masters opening their much-hyped first joint in a historic former barbecue spot 12 miles outside of Fort Worth this summer. Notables on their combined CV include training at Austin’s Micklethwait Craft Meats (Michelle Obama is a fan) and Franklin BBQ (remember Kanye West’s infamous line-cutting attempt?). If you’re into no-frills, Texas-style barbecue, you’ll love the brisket, pork ribs and homemade sausage paired with coleslaw or pinto beans and housemade bread. Finish off with the laboriously dreamed up banana pudding. 4645 Dick Price Road, @goldeesbbq
Tacos from Brix Barbecue
After popping up around Fort Worth for a year, Brix Barbecue has finally posted up in a polished 1973 Airstream off Main Street. A former Chicagoan, pit master Trevor Sales, slings Texas-style barbecue using from-scratch housemade sauces and rubs. Must-tries include the braised and smoked beef cheek tacos and jalapeno-chorizo cornbread stuffing. New to the menu is Fort Worth hot chicken—Sales’ take on the Nashville classic. This fall, eye the local talent when musicians take to the outdoor stage. 218 Bryan Ave., brixbarbecue.com
Photography by: Heim barbecue photo by Robert Strickland; goldee’s barbecue photo by will milne; brix barbecue photo by