Chef Karen V. Davison's Guide to the Best BBQ in Plano, Texas

Texas-style barbecue is famous around the world. However, many people look to Dallas or Houston for true Texas barbecue, when the reality is that the smaller cities like Plano are where the real authentic barbecue experience is to be had.

Karen V. Davison is a professional chef and Plano, Texas native. She has worked as a professional chef and culinary blogger for many years and over her career has acquired a wealth of experience working in kitchens and restaurants all over America. She provides her insights into the best barbecue restaurants in Plano.

Dicky’s Barbecue Pit

Dicky’s Barbecue Pit is somewhat of a legend in Plano, which is why you’ll find that there are several of these joints in the city. This local chain is true Texas-style barbecue, serving everything from beef brisket and kielbasa to poultry and ribs. All of their meat is smoked on-site using a style of smoking native to Dallas, Texas, that dates back to the 1940s, shares Karen V. Davison. Further, if you’re interested in trying Memphis-style barbecue while in Texas, Dicky’s Barbecue Pit has a special section of the menu inspired by the blues city.

Love and War in Texas

Love and War in Texas is an Old West-themed roadhouse and bbq joint in the heart of Plano. This Plano restaurant offers customers an authentic Texas experience. Menu items include everything from Alamo chicken to Barbara Bush’s fried green beans. In addition to a massive barbecue menu, Karen V. Davison says that what she loves about Love and War in Texas is the diversity that their menu offers. They have seafood, fish, loaded hamburgers, and a seriously decadent dessert menu (the Texas pecan pie is a must!). This makes it a great spot to take a group of friends if you aren’t entirely sure of any dietary restrictions. Lastly, this Plano, Texas, barbecue restaurant is more than just food, they also have live music nearly every week. Musicians come from all over Texas, so you can expect a wide array of music to be played here.

Lockhart Smokehouse

This no frills smokehouse has to be Karen V. Davison’s absolute favorite in all of Plano, Texas. Lockhart Smokehouse knows all there is to know about Texas barbecue and they smoke each piece of meat to perfection. Lockhart Smokehouse is counter serve, meaning you walk right up to the cash and choose the cut of meat you’d like. Meat is charged by the weight, so feel free to grab a little bit of this and a little bit of that. You can almost always expect to find brisket, sausages, chicken, and pulled pork here. Meanwhile sides are as classic as they get, including the likes of mac and cheese, coleslaw, and pickles.

Winners BBQ

Looking to enjoy some Texas barbecue in a relaxed, family-friendly environment? Winners BBQ is the place to be. Karen V. Davison sees Winners as almost a gathering space for the community in Plano. Unlike other bbq restaurants in Texas, you won’t find any cowboy-themed decor here. Rather, Winners BBQ is a simple establishment that focuses on food you’ll love. They have every cut of smoked meat imaginable, not to mention sides like potato salad, mac and cheese, and baked beans. Whatever you do, don’t leave Winners BBQ without trying their signature dish, the MVP (Most Valuable Potato). It is essentially a baked potato that comes loaded with a heaping mound of barbecue meat with all the fixings imaginable.