The same delicious barbecue that has caught our attention on previous occasions (see our 2019 list of the top 25 new joints and our 2021 roundup of the top 100) is now available in a stylish new joint in McAllen. We spotted familiar faces tending the fires (brought over from the original location, in Pharr), and once again we fell in love with the crunchy, peppery bark and red smoke ring of their nicely handled brisket. One of our favorite barbecue sandwiches is served here: the Chile Sueño, which consists of a buttered potato roll holding sliced brisket, a ladleful of chili, crunchy slices of jalapeño, and shredded cheddar cheese. We especially enjoyed it on the patio with a tasty craft beer and live music.
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Smokin’ Moon BBQ
A stylish McAllen joint from a barbecue favorite in Pharr.