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Bodacious Bar-B-Q (Hallsville)

Gabriel and Kasie Ritter share the cooking duties, which is done more by feel than with gauges. With no thermometer to guide him, Gabriel builds a fire specifically for each cut. We trusted him completely after the first bite of brisket.

They recently switched from a Choice grade beef to Prime beef a few months back, and compared to what we’d eaten here last year it was like barbecue from a different restaurant. Lucious fat was suspended between tender beef and a bark that crackled with each bite. He had started me off with fatty brisket, but we asked for a few more slices of lean. It was equally spectacular, even giving the number four barbecue joint in Texas—just ten short miles down the road—a run for its money.

City: Hallsville


Method: Oak in an offset smoker

Pitmaster: Gabriel and Kasie Ritter

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 1164 W Main St., Hallsville, TX, 75650

Hours: M-F 10:30-8, Sat 11-6

Phone: (903) 668-4227

Website: www.facebook.com/BodaciousHallsville/

Year Opened: 2013

Last updated: June 22, 2017