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
Derrick and Kesha Walker have brought phenomenal brisket, rip tips, and sweet potato pie to their old neighborhood.