Hutchins BBQ

Hutchin's BBQ

While traveling to eat BBQ is a ton of fun, sometimes it’s nice to hit up one of the local spots.  On a Friday night, when most folks are heading to watch local high school football, I decided to head out to one of my favorite places in Collin County, Hutchins BBQ in McKinney, TX.  Hutchins has been open since 1978 and is one of the few great BBQ places that are open for dinner.  Hutchins looks like a BBQ joint should with its red barn wood exterior.  Walking into the door, you are met with a winding line that resembles waiting for a ride at an amusement park.  Once you are up to the butcher block you have the option to order by the pound, 1 or 2 meat dinner plates or a sandwich.  Tonight I went with a two meat plate of brisket and ribs, then ordered ¼ pound of jalapeno cheddar sausage.  Once you have your meat there is a self-serve bar of sides.  Dinner plates come with 2 sides and I opted for their mac and cheese and beans.

I’ve been coming to Hutchins on a regular basis since early 2013. The food has always been consistent and that sadly means the lean brisket always comes out a bit dry and this trip was no exception.  Though the lean is usually dry the fatty (point) is damn near perfect.  It had great moisture, tender and not overly fatty or greasy with the right amount of smoke.  While their rub is pepper based it doesn’t have the overpowering pepper taste like Central TX BBQ does and is very pleasant.  The spare ribs have a sweet and savory rub and were cooked to BBQ perfection.  With each bite the ribs came cleanly off the bone with little tug and didn’t bring the rest of the meat with it.  I can’t imagine a better texture on a rib.  On the table, Hutchins has a nice vinegar based sauce that pairs very well with the ribs.  Finally the sausage had the perfect amount of pepper and an abundance of cheese pouring out when you sliced it up!

Now my family’s favorite part of Hutchins is the free (yes I said free) dessert!  Serving up banana pudding, peach cobbler and ice cream it’s hard to make a choice.  This time I opted for the Peach Cobbler with a little vanilla ice cream.  Very good overall and worth saving a little room for in the stomach!

Hutchins BBQ
1301 North Tennessee Street
McKinney, TX 75069