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10 Black Owned BBQ Spots in Dallas

May is National Barbecue Month.


But did you know there is a huge debate on the spelling of this summer necessity?


There is much controversy on whether the spelling should be barbeque or barbecue. According to Wikipedia, the English word barbecue comes from the Spanish word barbacoa, which is an indigenous North American word.


Furthermore, the term(s) are used to describe the different variations of this man-made act. On the east coast, barbecue can mean to "dress a hog" or to roast pork. Counter in the southern states, the term barbeque is used to describe the cuts of meat often booked.


Both spellings of the word mean the same, but there is a significant regional and national difference to express assorted cooking methods.


So how do we spell BBQ in Texas?


The real answer is brisket!


Check out these 10 Black Owned BBQ spots in Dallas.


Established in 1985, Smokey Joe's Barbecue is located in Oak Cliff and has been rated by Dallas Observer as their favorite DFW restaurant of 2023.


You can order online here.










Established in 1976, this family-run business is a true staple in the Dallas community. With their in-house made sausage and BBQ sauce, Smokey John's has been listed as an essential BBQ restaurant by the Dallas Eater.


You can order online here.











Located in Oak Cliff, Kooly's BBQ is a Dallas classic. Kooly's BBQ is known as "home of the big heavyweight." Their most popular item is a loaded, baked potato with brisket, ribs, sausage, bacon bits, cheese, and much more! It's a monster.


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Established in 2013, the husband-wife duo has been recognized by TexasMonthly as one of the best BBQ joints in Texas. Located in Cedar Hill, Harris Barbeque's menu includes BBQ sandwiches, meats by the pound, and loaded baked potatoes.


According to their Yelp reviews, the chopped brisket sandwich is a must try!











Off the Bone Barbeque












Established in 2019, Hollis BBQ is located in Melissa, Texas, and operated by Disabled Veteran Donovan J. Hollis. Hollis BBQ is a family-run business delivering slow, smoked BBQ.


Check out their menu on here.













Located in South Dallas, Doe's BBQ is one of the books. Their wet, lemon pepper wings and hot link sandwich are so popular. Doe's BBQ hosts other items including brisket, burgers, turkey legs, and more.


According to Instagram, the kool-aid and strawberry crunch cake is a must try!










  1. Records BBQ

  2. Two Podnas

  3. Tu Bones BBQ

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