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Smoke-A-Holics BBQ

Photograph by Daniel Vaughn

Newish to the barbecue scene in town, this marvel in Morningside Heights, just southeast of downtown, blends smokehouse and soul food. Derrick Walker uses pecan and mesquite in his smoker, turning out stunningly tender brisket with a peppery bark. Order this to go: All the meats are great. Ditto the Big Macc, an insane mound of smoked mac and cheese decked out with chopped brisket, sliced jalapeño sausage, and barbecue sauce. Also, the Loaded Cornbread, topped with beans, chopped brisket, grated cheeses, sour cream, and green onion. Derrick’s wife, Kesha, turns out desserts like the Peach Thang—imagine cobbler and cake had a baby—and Coca-Cola Cake. Pro tip: The line moves quicker after 2 p.m., but ribs, brisket, and sausage can sell out by 3, so you decide.

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

City: Fort Worth


Method: Pecan and mesquite in an offset smoker

Pitmaster: Derrick Walker

Drinks: No bar

Price: $$

Rating: ★★

Address: 1417 Evans Ave., Fort Worth, TX, 76104

Hours: L & D Wed–Sat

Phone: 817-386-5658

Website: smoke-a-holicsbbq.com

Year Opened: 2019

Last updated: September 22, 2020