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Bartley’s Bar-B-Q

2010: It’s always good to ask for a mix of lean and fatty brisket and not get an odd stare. Instead, the knife man just grabbed a beautiful piece of the point and starting slicing. They were out of ribs, so I added pork loin to the order based on staff recommendation. Pork loin is a tricky cut to smoke because of its propensity to dry out due to low fat content. But this was perfect. A thin line of nicely rendered fat hugged the bottom of each moist slice. Smokiness ran throughout the cut, and a nice salty rub really brought out the flavors. This should be a new standard for any regular to Bartley’s. 2008: The brisket had no smoke line but had a good smoke flavor from the black crust. There was little smoke outside the crust, but each slice was moist and tender—and there was a heap of it on my plate. I always appreciate a good value. These St. Louis–style ribs were perfectly tender with a slightly sweet flavor from an unobtrusive rub and a well-formed crust. The fat was well rendered giving an overall great rib flavor without all the grease. They also left the small meat knuckle below the bone for an extra flavorful bite.

City: Grapevine


Method: Hickory; indirect-heat pit

Pitmaster: Shane Wilkinson (since 2012)

Pro-tip: The pecan cobbler comes from the bakery next door.

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 413 E. Northwest Hwy., Grapevine, TX, 76051

Hours: Tue-€“Thur 10:30-€“8, Fri & Sat 10:30-€“9

Phone: 817-481-3212

Website: www.bartleysbbq.com/

Year Opened: 1968

Last updated: May 3, 2013


  • Not much competition here in Grapevine, but they are consistently good.I buy their ribs and brisket by the LB- $11.Keep in mind they are closed Sun + Mon.

  • I was a bit bummed out by my trip to this place. My buddy and I have been trying to hit places you have rated and I had high hopes for this joint. I got the three meat combo and the hot link was good, but the beef was dry as the Sahara and the ribs were dry and tuff as beef jerky.The sides were okay, but the sauce I did not like at all…my buddy and I both thought it tasted like Kraft Original with extra tang/vinegar.My buddy got beef (he did not like it either and he went to culinary school and is far more critical that I am, not that it means much), Chicken (that had a very odd after taste) and the sausage (it was pretty good…I had a bit of all his and he did the same). They also had a guy singing along to a rhythm track on a tape player for entertainment…that was shall we say interesting.

  • Bullschuck

    I ate there yesterday and the brisket was very disappointing. More like roast beef. Very little smoke flavor and dry. The ribs however were excellent. Next time I’m skipping the beef altogether.