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Panther City BBQ

Photograph by Trevor Paulhus

Friends Chris Magallanes and Ernest Morales, who worked together in the audiovisual world, won an amateur barbecue competition and, fortunately for the rest of us, let it go to their heads. A few years ago, they quit their jobs and opened a food truck outside Republic Street Bar, in Fort Worth’s vibrant Near Southside neighborhood. Now the truck is gone in favor of a permanent space that includes a covered patio. Massive yet tender spareribs are glazed with sweet barbecue sauce, while the moist smoked turkey has a spicy kick. House-made sausages burst with juice, and the pork belly burnt ends, now a Cowtown barbecue staple, are sweet, sticky, fatty morsels that eat like meat candy. Even more over-the-top are the pork belly poppers: burnt ends stuffed inside jalapeño halves along with a bit of cream cheese, then wrapped in bacon. The sensation of biting through the crisp bacon into the meltingly tender cube of pork and fat beneath is pure heaven. But the showstopper is the brisket elote. Layers of creamed corn, chopped brisket, queso fresco, cilantro, and hot sauce are a full meal in a cup. Don’t miss the borracho beans or the collard greens, and although we’re die-hard banana pudding lovers, we prefer the Nutter Butter cheesecake pudding.

City: Fort Worth

Cuisine:

Method: Post oak; offset smoker and a Santa Maria grill

Pitmaster: Fernando Barnes, 43; Daniel Garcia, 28; Chris Magallanes, 47; Ernest Morales, 38; Angel Rodriguez, 19

Pro-tip: Sign up for a Panther City BBQU class, and your teachers will turn you into a backyard-barbecue hero.

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 201 E. Hattie, Fort Worth, TX

Hours: Sun & Wed 11–2, Thur–Sat 11–5

Phone: 682-499-5618

Website: www.panthercitybbq.com

Year Opened: 2018

Last updated: April 28, 2021

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