We’ve got that first-day-of-summer feeling. The sunshine smells like freshly mown grass, new citronella candles, and mesquite burning low and slow. We’re kicking off this holiday weekend with our 12 favorite Fort Worth brisket places, so shake out those red-checkered tablecloths, tear off a big sheet of butcher paper, and dig in.
Angelo’s BBQ | 2533 White Settlement Rd.
- Opened in 1958, Angelo’s is your classic meat-and-three. Pair your brisket with green beans, chili, and loaded mac-n-cheese.
- Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Brix Barbecue | 218 Bryan Ave.
- This barbecue is “smoked with love.” Remember to save the scraps for the restaurant’s mascot and namesake, Brix the boxer-terrier.
- Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. until sellout | Sun. 6 p.m. until sellout
Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que | 301 Stockyards Blvd.
- Who doesn’t want a slab of meat forked straight off the smoker and dunked in a trashcan full of sauce? Or trade beef for pork and tackle one of the famous “Big Chops.”
- Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. | Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cousins Bar-B-Q | Multiple locations
- Everyone’s family at Cousins, which was voted one of the 50 Best BBQ Joints in Texas by Texas Monthly. Sample the works at one of their five Fort Worth area locations.
- Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Closed Sundays
Dayne’s Craft Barbecue | 2735 W. 5th St.
- Choose from fatty blackened Angus beef brisket or smoked pork belly, tantalizingly named “Bacon Brisket” — or just get both.
- Catch them at their new location at 2000 W Berry St. starting June 16
- Fri.-Sun. | 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Derek Allan’s Texas Barbecue | 1116 8th Ave.
- Get there before 10 a.m. for a brisket breakfast biscuit with hash browns and melty cheese.
- Tues.-Sat. 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Goldee’s Barbecue | 4645 Dick Price Rd.
- Order for one or pick up a whole brisket for the fam from the No. 1 Barbecue Restaurant, according to Texas Monthly.
- Bonus: Learn how to smoke your own at Goldee’s first-ever Brisket Class on Mon., July 18.
- Fri.-Sun. | 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Heim Barbecue | Multiple locations
- Meat on meat — the “farm to smoker” brisket is cooked low and slow over a post oak fire and garnished with bacon burnt ends.
- Open everyday | 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Panther City BBQ | 201 E. Hattie St.
- Elote cup topped with brisket, cotija cheese, and jalapeños — need we say more?
- Wed. + Sun. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Riscky’s Barbecue | Multiple locations
- Stop in for a half-pound of lean brisket rubbed with the secret “Riscky Dust” or order two pounds to-go for a backyard family-sized feast.
- Sun.-Mon. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Tues.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. | Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sammie’s BBQ | 3801 E. Belknap St.
- Order brisket by the half-pound or switch it up with fall-off-the-bone smoked ribs and onion rings.
- Tues.-Wed., + Sat. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Thur.-Fri. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Woodshed Smokehouse | 3201 Riverfront Dr.
- Our mouths are watering for chef Tim Love’s hickory-smoked brisket served with a loaded baked potato on the riverside patio.
- Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. | Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-11 p.m.