The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Smoked Dallas


I was so excited to attend Smoked BBQ Festival again this year. How could I go wrong with BBQ, live music and trailer park olympics? I’d be a fool not to attend. At the Smoked BBQ Festival, they sell every BBQ related product imaginable! From BBQ ribs to BBQ wood pellets to grills for every type of barbequer – it’s such a wonderful place to be!

Smoked Dallas
Main Street Garden Park, Downtown Dallas, TX

Culling down my favorite bites from the sixteen pitmasters and chefs was a tall order, but I conquered. I narrowed it down to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

The Good – Louie Mueller Barbecue

When I say good I mean slap yo’ momma good. I have to be honest that when I was handed this hunk ‘o meat my first thought was, “Where’s the sauce?” Then I sunk my teeth into it and I knew why…this brisket was perfectly seasoned with a salt and pepper rub. PERFECTLY. That smoky, savory, juicy goodness all in one bite. I wanted an entire plate!

The Bad – Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q

…Bad to the bone, that is! Reigning from Taylor, Texas, Stanley’s was hard to beat. The double-rubbed baby back rib was amazing. The meat was tender and fell off the bone drizzled in their famous bar-b-q sauce.

The Ugly – Hutchins BBQ

Don’t let the word “ugly” fool you. Ugly in this case refers to the look you will get from me if you ask me to share even one bite of Hutchins’ jalapeño sausage. This sausage should be outlawed it is so good. The spiciness is on point, without frying the taste buds.

Honorable Mentions:
The Restaurants of Neiman Marcus (Chef Kevin Garvin)
Roasted Veggies

Pop Star Handcrafted Popsicles
Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle

Dawn Fisher

I have called Dallas my home for many years. This is a perfect city for a foodie. There are always new restaurants and food events going on. I was born in San Antonio, TX. The Texas hill country will always have a place in my heart. When I was young, I spent every summer at my grandparent’s house in a small town north of Corpus Christi. They owned a restaurant and I spent many hours in that restaurant enjoying the food and the people. On Monday’s, when the restaurant was closed, my grandparent’s and I would drive to all the small towns and try new restaurants and visit some old joints. I learned to not only appreciate food as life-sustaining but also as a form of conviviality and fellowship. I love traveling and immersing myself in the food and culture. I have been blessed to travel to Europe and many places stateside. When I am not teaching school, I am busy whittling away at my restaurant bucket list, updating my food and travel blog, Fenomenale, writing travel experiences for Guidrr and spending time with family and my sweet dog. I am pumped to be joining Girls on Food. So let’s have fun and eat it up!