What’s behind American’s love of barbecue? Is it the smell of the smoke, the irresistible urge to eat with your fingers, or the familiar aroma of the sweet and spicy sauce? Whatever the reason, we’re irresistibly drawn to the charbroiled, meaty fruits of the flame. Next time you have a hankering for a side of ribs or a juicy, finger-licking chicken leg, check out the top three best barbecue joints in Lewisville. You might want to grab a bib — because it’s about to get messy.
Fat Cow BBQ
We start our Lewisville barbecue tour Texas-style at the Fat Cow. Don’t let the strip mall location dissuade you. Fat Cow BBQ is the real deal, with flavors that make your mouth water like brisket, sausage, and baby back ribs that are smoked daily right onsite. You don’t need teeth to eat at this establishment.
Try Fat Jap, three delicious pork-stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon. Wash it all down with Fat Cow’s line of refreshing fruity teas — from yummy strawberry to tart watermelon. When the kinfolk are hungry, grab a Fat Cow Family Pak to-go. The Bull Pak serves up to eight with 4 pounds of meat, sides, rolls, and pickles.
Spring Creek Barbeque
A nation’s cuisine is the core of its culture, and barbecue is as American as Texas itself. So when you want authentic barbecue, head on over to Spring Creek. With over 35 years of traditional smokehouse mastery, this family-friendly eatery is loading plates full of authentic family barbeque recipes. Whether it’s Spring Creek’s ribs or brisket, chicken or sausage, Carolina-style pulled pork, ham or even turkey, they’re all fired-up on the hickory-smoke pits daily.
Give the Texas Twosome a go. It’s a sandwich plate loaded with your choice of barbecue, paired with an impressive, Texas-sized stuffed baked potato. Homestyle and premium sides run the gamut from creamy mac n’ cheese to the highly-acclaimed okra basket. You won’t be disappointed with a heaping helping of Spring Creek’s signature peach cobbler for dessert.
Hard Eight Pit BBQ
Finish off your Lewisville road trip down barbecue lane with Hard Eight BBQ. A real family-owned-and-operated Texas smokehouse experience, Hard Eight’s isn’t for vegetarians. The magical blend of aromatic spices and roasted meat fill the smoky air as you pick out your barbecue by the pound. From brisket to turkey to the free pinto beans when you dine-in, everything on the menu at Hard Eight BBQ is top notch.
Order up a side of shrimp poppers with your barbecue — they’re a local favorite. Add a couple of traditional southern sides to your plate such as jalapeno corn, and sweet potato fries. After your meal, belly up to Hard Eight’s full bar, and enjoy a beer or cocktail. Come on into Hard Eight Pit BBQ. You’ll love their good ‘ole southern hospitality and friendly staff.
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and Lewisville’s barbecue scene is no exception. Thankfully “don’t play with your food” doesn’t apply when it comes to barbecue.
Photo: “BBQ Sausage” by Christopher Craig via Flickr licensed under CC BY 2.0 | Cropped from original