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Panther City BBQ

Photograph by Trevor Paulhus

Pitmasters Chris Magallanes and Ernie Morales grew their barbecue-trailer dream into a bona fide smokehouse where fans queue up for post oak–smoked ribs, brisket with a perfect peppery crust, and sides that can stand on their own. Newest on their menu is Panther City BBQU, a daylong class that sells out as soon as the date is announced. Order this to go: In addition to the meats you’d expect, there are special finds like cracked pepper sausage, pork belly burnt ends, and—on Thursday—pastrami that will make you weep with joy. Definitely order the dreamy, creamy elotes cup topped with chopped brisket (but don’t tell your doctor). As for sides, spicy vinegar slaw is always the right answer. Pro tip: Daily specials can include beef ribs or fajitas; check social media for updates. For beer and cocktails, the adjacent Republic Street Bar will oblige.

Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.

City: Fort Worth


Method: Oak and hickory in an offset smoker

Pitmaster: Chris Magallanes and Ernest Morales

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 201 E. Hattie, Fort Worth, TX, 76104

Hours: B Wed–Sat. L Wed–Sun.

Phone: 682-499-5618

Website: www.panthercitybbq.com

Year Opened: 2018

Last updated: April 28, 2021