In order to compile our most-recent list of our nation’s best ribs, we supplemented our editors’ and city editors’ personal rib-eating experiences across the country and three years’ worth of research by digging through online reviews and combing best-of lists that were published since our 2014 rib ranking to make sure we haven’t missed any great new places. Next, we asked readers to give us their recommendations on where to get killer ribs.
We then divided more than 100 spots by region and asked over 40 rib experts — like Culinary Ambassador for the State of Virginia, chef, and journalist Patrick Evans-Hylton and legendary Charleston chef Louis Osteen — to weigh in and vote. We proudly presented the 35 that came out on top, and two can be found in Dallas.
The Pecan Lodge has been only been around for about five years, but it’s made quite the name for itself on the national barbecue circuit. The smokers are fired up around the clock with a mixture of mesquite and oak, and it offers both beef and pork ribs on their menu, but we hear you need to arrive early to get your hands on the beef kind, which is always a good sign. The pork ribs are both peppery and sweet with a crunchy bark and tender meat, so you know what to do: Get in early, order both beef and pork ribs, and launch yourself into barbecue bliss.
Pecan Lodge came in at #14 on our list of 35, placing higher than Smoke, which still placed at the impressive #21 spot. So, according to over 40 rib experts, these are the best ribs in Dallas.