As usual when I am away from home I seek out a new BBQ Joint to try out. After touring Globe Life Field the new home of the Texas Rangers it was time to get some Brisket. Searching for “bbq near me” on my phone turned up several choices including Terry Black’s Barbecue in the Deep Ellum district in Dallas. I had heard of Terry Black’s Barbecue down in Lockhart, Texas so it was an easy choice.
Being located in Deep Ellum I would have assumed parking would be tough but as it turns out there is a decent parking lot on the restaurant property and a paid lot across the street. We arrived just after dark on a Saturday night and the streets were bustling with people. I was happy to see that the line was short and there was a good amount of seating available even during the Covid era.
I normally get a two or three meat plate when I am trying a new BBQ restaurant but Terry Black’s doesn’t offer plates. They sell their meats by the pound. The cool thing about that is it allows you to really sample a variety of meats. Mix and match any of their five meat choices and create your own plate. For you BBQ Sandwich lovers don’t worry they do offer your favorite meats in a sandwich as well.
Normally I have a plan when I try a new place but on this occasion I was shooting from the hip. I totally forgot what they are famous for, Monster Beef Ribs. I realized my mistake when I toured the Pit Room after our meal. When you get in line to place your order you will choose your sides and any dessert choices first. Then you make your way to the cutting blocks where the magic happens.
By the way the picture above is not all for me. My son-in-law Chance was with me and he chose the creamed corn, potato salad and banana pudding. I chose the creamed corn and mac-n-cheese. For our meats we had Brisket slices and Sausage. I’ll be more prepared next time and get a wider variety of meats including those famous Beef Ribs.
Starting with the star, that Central Texas Styled Brisket. The Brisket had great color and a nice bark. Picking up a slice I knew it was going to be tender and juicy. I was not disappointed. The flavor was fantastic with that salt and pepper traditional rub with a little bit of that hickory smoke flavor. I could eat that Brisket every day.
When it comes to BBQ I really can’t pick a favorite meat but I do love a good sausage. The sausage at Terry Black’s is awesome. Just the right amount of snap and packed with flavor. I could eat it like chips at a party. Sometimes sausage can be an afterthought for but these guys really have a great sausage prepped and cooked right. Taste, texture, color its all good.
Terry Black’s Barbecue Menu
The menu at Terry Black’s is focused and they are not trying to serve everyone’s favorite items. Their menu stays true to their Family BBQ Heritage covering the meat and traditional sides. You might say the Mexican Rice and Creamed Corn are a bit off the rails but it works. I didn’t try everything on the menu but I am confident its all good.
- Brisket – Sliced or Chopped
- Beef Ribs
- Pork Ribs
- Pinto Beans
- Baked Potato Salad
- Cole Slaw
- Creamed Corn
- Mexican Rice
- Green Beans
- Banana Pudding
- Peach Cobbler
- Pecan Pie
Terry Black’s Barbecue was a complete BBQ experience for me. I enjoyed the food, atmosphere, service and the tour of the pit room. Be sure you take a tour of the pits before you go. You don’t need a ticket, just walk outside to the patio, turn left and walk up to the Pit Master. They will explain the process in as much detail as you want. Ask plenty of questions about the meat, wood, fire, rubs and pits.
If you find yourself in Big D and have a hankering for some BBQ check out Terry Black’s Barbecue in Deep Ellum. Go for the great BBQ and stay for the experience. You’ll be glad you did!