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Local Yocal Backyard

Local Yocal is better known as a butcher shop in downtown McKinney specializing in all-natural beef. This new venture, which opened in late September 2016, turns their raw goods into barbecue by way of a trailer-mounted Oyler smoker. Juicy slices of smoked turkey breast were the standout of the visit. They were tender and just smoky enough with a heavy dose of black pepper in the rub. The homemade jalapeño-cheese sausage looked bland and boring in the tray. The casing didn’t have much color, and I thought the “cheese” in the description was a misprint. But the first bite erased those preconceived notions. They’re made with a white cheese, and the links were packed with plenty of jalapeño flavor and big chunks of black pepper. The nice snap of the casing only added to the great sausage.

City: McKinney


Method: Hickory and pecan in a wood-fired rotisserie

Pitmaster: Pete Gonzales and Bryan Shanahan

Rating: ★★★

Address: 13391 Custer Rd., McKinney, TX, 75070

Hours: Thur-Sun 11-8 or sold out

Year Opened: 2016

Last updated: November 4, 2016