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Desert Oak Barbecue

Located in a strip center on El Paso’s bustling east side, Desert Oak’s small but cozy counter-service spot is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Call ahead for pick-up or eat in and enjoy the smoky scent of oak wood flames kissing the brisket, house-made sausage links, and ribs. Pulled pork and a surprisingly good smoked turkey are also available, but take note: beef ribs are served only on Saturdays (pork ribs are regular players). For sides, try the rice with green chiles and cheese—it’s comfort food for the gods—and the coleslaw is a tangy contrast to all that lovely meat.

City: El Paso


Method: Oak in an indirect heat pit

Pitmaster: Richard Funk

Drinks: Beer & wine

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 1320 N. Zaragoza Rd., El Paso, TX, 79936

Hours: W–Sat 11-8 (or sold out)

Phone: 915-309-4322

Website: www.desertoakbarbecue.com

Year Opened: 2015

Last updated: February 1, 2018