Best BBQ Sandwiches in DFW

Valera Style Sandwich
The Valera Style Sandwich

When eating BBQ at restaurants, I tend to stick with the Texas Trinity (brisket, ribs and sausage) as I like the variety to fully appreciate the pitmaster’s skills, but a visit to Big O's BBQ in Valera, TX made me fall in love with the BBQ Sandwich all over again.  My brothers and I were coming back from hunting when we approached Big O’s. I had just eaten breakfast and wasn’t hungry, but can never pass up the opportunity to try a new BBQ spot.  Since the trinity wasn’t an option (I wasn’t hungry enough) I opted for their Valera Style Sandwich which included brisket, grilled onions and jalapenos on a hoagie roll.  One bite and I was in love and tweeted out I might have had the best BBQ sandwich of 2016 on the second day of January.  Opening my mind back up to the Sandwich world I decided to go on a quest locally to find the best BBQ Sandwich in DFW.

1.  The Toddfather- Cattleack BBQ, Dallas, TX

This sandwich includes brisket, pulled pork and sausage covered in BBQ sauce on a soft white bun.  The sandwich includes a small side of coleslaw giving you the option to add it if you would like.  I took the first bite without and loved the sweet sauce paired with the perfectly smoked meat.   I then added the slaw to the sandwich and with the added crunch, it put this one over the top for me to make it #1 on my list.

Cattleack Barbecue
The Toddfather

2.  The Pitmaster-Pecan Lodge, Dallas, TX

There is a definite trend with BBQ sandwiches. Like others, this includes brisket, pulled pork, sausage, slaw, BBQ sauce but differentiates itself with fresh jalapeno peppers.  The bun here was the best I tried as it was soft, sweet and held together nicely.  This bun reminded me a lot of a yeast roll which I love.  The Pitmaster was a lot like the Toddfather, but the sweet heat of the jalapenos on top made it stand out.  The only reason why this sandwich didn’t come in number one is because the sauce didn’t pair as well with the meat as it did on the Toddfather.

The Pitmaster
The Pitmaster

3.  Chopped Brisket Sandwich-Winner’s BBQ, Plano, TX

While Winner’s doesn’t have a signature sandwich, the way they prepare theirs makes it unique by using moist brisket piled high on a soft white bun seasoned with their rub.  Eating it alone or topped with their sweet BBQ sauce, this is one of the best basic BBQ sandwiches you will find.

Winner's BBQ
Simplicity at it's best

4.  Brisket Cheesesteak-3 Stacks BBQ, Frisco, TX

This sandwich was the closest to the sandwich I had at Big O’s, but still not there.  Like Big O’s, it has brisket, onions and peppers covered in cheese on a Hoagie roll.  The roll was soft and damn near perfect, but the amount of queso on top took away some of the flavor from the brisket.  Unlike the Valera, 3 Stacks uses green peppers versus jalapenos.  I will be back for this sandwich, but when ordering I’ll ask for jalapenos instead of green peppers and get the queso on the side.

Almost a VSS

5.  @BBQsnob-Heim Barbecue, Fort Worth, TX

Heim BBQ’s signature sandwich includes jalapeno cheddar sausage, brisket, pulled pork and their famous bacon burnt ends on a jalapeno roll.  This sandwich was one of the most expensive of the ones I had, but it also was the biggest.  I was looking forward to this one the most as Heim is probably my favorite BBQ joint in DFW, but this sandwich disappointed me for one reason only, the bun.  It was dry and fell apart making it impossible to eat like a sandwich.  I ditched the bun and took advantage of the wonderful BBQ that was left on my plate.  If this sandwich was on a bun similar to Cattleack or Pecan Lodge this could easily jump to the top of the list.  It is still worth getting as it gives a nice sampling of all their meats except for the rib which I added to my order.  You can’t go to Heim and not get ribs.


Best Non-Traditional Sandwich

Brisket Breakfast Taco-Dell Norte Tacos, Godly, TX

The brisket, egg and cheese taco is the best in DFW.  It has perfectly smoked brisket with fresh scrambled eggs topped with cheese on a flour tortilla.  If I lived it Godley, TX this place would get my business multiple days a week.

Breakfast Bliss

Honorable Mention Cattleack Barbecue’s Que T Pies

These are little pie crusts piled high with chopped brisket then folded over and baked.  They aren’t served every day, but you can sign up for their email list to know when they will be on the menu.   Limit 3 per order to ensure more people get to taste these awesome creations.

Other Sandwiches I tried in my search

Pulled Whole Hog Sandwich-Smoke Plano
The Jambo Texan-Jambo’s BBQ Shack
Jalapeno sausage/Brisket Sandwich-Macs BBQ
Brisket Sandwich-Hutchins BBQ
Jalapenos sausage/Brisket Sandwich Ten50BBQ

If you agree or disagree let me know in the comments!


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  2. Obviously you missed BBQ ON THE BRAZOS in Cresson both for a sandwich and a brisket taco at breakfast time

    1. Nick I tried. I saw on their website they were open on Mondays, I woke up early on my day off drove 65 miles and found a sign on their door they were closed on Mondays. They changed their website after bringing that to their attention. I left there and found my way to Del Norte.

  3. The staff here is actually competent and friendly, unlike other places with their pretentious staff guys. The Chicago venues were magnificent and modern, and the seating was comfy. Truly, the food was heavenly and as a visitor I am glad for finding this one.


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