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Heim Barbecue

Photograph by Wyatt McSpadden

Unless you get to Heim Barbecue early, you’ll probably see the line of people before the trailer. Prepare to wait, but know that the line moves fast. The menu is small. You won’t find a poultry option, and there’s only one sausage, a jalapeño-cheese variety. The best things on the menu are the brisket and pork ribs. The brisket needs no adornment. It has great flavor and is imbued with melted fat to the point of decadence. There’s a little sweetness in the salty rub on the ribs, with just enough pepper and smoke. They also exhibit the exemplary doneness of a pork rib that’s not tough, but not falling off the bone either.

City: Fort Worth


Method: Oak in an indirect heat pit

Pitmaster: Travis Heim

Price: $

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 1109 W Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, TX, 76104

Hours: Daily 11-10 or sold out

Phone: (817) 882-6970

Website: heimbbq.com

Year Opened: 2015

Last updated: October 15, 2015


  • Those bacon burnt ends are going on my “let’s see if I can replicate that” list!

  • Ben Woodson

    Agree that the ribs deserve plenty of kudos. First time I went I finished my ribs before even touching the great brisket. Has been consistently good visit to visit.

  • Jarrett Baker

    No better BBQ in NTX then right here.

  • Ted

    Made it to the Magnolia grand-opening. From everything we tasted, his evolution has grown by leaps & bounds.

    If you thought the food trailer was good, you MUST try it now.

  • Jarrett Baker

    When are you going back to Heim? Really wanna see how much you improve their score.

  • Tim

    I know there are people that won’t agree with me. But here goes. I tried their holy trinity of BBQ last night (brisket, ribs, and sausage) and was left underwhelmed. The brisket was everything brisket should be; tender, moist, juicy, but kind of bland. The robes were BIG and made my eyes and appetite just as BIG and excited to eat them. And they were, in my opinion, under seasoned and bland. The sauce saved them. The jalapeño cheddar sausage and black pepper sausage were tasty, a little dry, with a good casing that provided a decent snap when bitten into. The baked potato salad and Cole slaw were both okay, bland. For a pound of brisket, a pound of sausage, and a pound of ribs with a pint each of potato salad and Cole slaw I spent over $73 and was left underwhelmed. Not bad, not great, especially considering the cost. A lot of hipster hype. I’ll go some where else before I go out of my way to go there and eat. That is my opinion. Wish I had better things to say about my experience with their BBQ.

  • debbie

    I know the overhead for restaurant space on Magnolia in Ft Worth must be outrageous but $10 for a sliced brisket sandwich is too much. Angelo’s- I’m heading your way again!!