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Photograph by Wyatt McSpadden

“It’s a smoking good day!” are the words that greet every customer as they walk through the door. When the smoker doors are open, it doesn’t take long before you smell the pecan and oak smoke. Foil-wrapped Prime briskets emerge from a warmer. As the foil is peeled away, the black bark of a well-smoked brisket emerges. Get it by the slice. The fat cap on the lean side melds with the smoke, and a powerful rub that includes turmeric, cumin, and curry powder keeps things more interesting than just salt and pepper. The same goes for the enormous beef short ribs, the cut that Jay-Z prefers. Yes, you read that right. Jay Z  and Beyoncé stopped at Top 5 while the couple was in town for a concert. So if you want to side with Jay-Z, order the spectacular beef rib.

City: DeSoto


Method: Pecan and Oak in a gas-fired rotisserie

Pitmaster: Kendon Greene

Price: $

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 209 E Pleasant Run Rd #113, DeSoto, TX, 75115

Hours: Tues-Thur 11-9, Fri & Sat 11-10

Phone: (972) 230-5559

Website: www.top5barbecue.com

Year Opened: 2016

Last updated: June 29, 2016


  • Russsell Fuller

    Very nice article fam.

  • Excellent good, excellent atmosphere, excellent customer service, I will be back.

  • Siberia Carter Hood

    Just wanted to say congratulations to my little cousin and his wife on their endeavor. I am your dad’s first cousin as his dad Ed and my dad Carroll were brothers. When and if I get to come your way I will be sure to look yall up. I am a Dallas Cowboy Fan!

  • Luci blu

    This is such a wonderful asset to the Desoto area..the commitment to customer service is fabulous not to mention the great tasting barbecue.I’ve had the ribs and the pull pork both were to die for..Will be back soon.

  • Yoruba

    The potatoes were hard, cold, and dry with very little condiments. My friend referred us and we wanted to support a black owned business, especially when she had sent me a picture of her potatoe. I couldn’t eat my potatoe and my family was hungry after spending $49. There were plenty of staff, at least 8 getting in the way and no cash register. Not satisfied at all. Better quality control is a must if you want to keep customers.