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Cattleack Barbeque

13628 Gamma Rd.
Farmers Branch, TX 75244
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Cattleack Barbeque +

Chris Wolfgang


  • 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday-Friday Closed Saturday-Wednesday
  • Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Catering, Takeout
In an industrial park in Farmers Branch, Cattleack Barbeque lives up to every bit of hype it’s received from Texas Monthly, which named it the third-best barbecue joint in the state, and matches the anticipation generated by its sometimes painfully long lines. Fabulous, fatty brisket and massive, magnificent beef ribs are the stars of the show, but in fall 2019, Cattleack made the must-orders a trifecta by making whole-hog barbecue a regular on Fridays. (It replaces comparatively ordinary pulled pork.) The vinegar-based coleslaw, pitmaster Todd David’s mother’s recipe, is the perfect counterpoint to all that fatty meat. Grab another bite of slaw and you’ll be prepared to tackle that next slice of Texas hot link.

Top pick: Some weeks, the Cattleack crew smoke beef ribs rubbed with a pastrami spice mix. The ribs are jaw-dropping; order an extra, take it home and throw it in a pot of beans the next day. In fact, order extra of everything in genera, and you’ll be cooking the best beans of your life.

The downside: Cattleack’s lines have gotten even longer and wilder since last year’s Top 100 appearance. Oops. Sorry, folks.

Fun fact: There’s usually still something good to eat around 2 p.m., as long as you’re not picky. Join Cattleack’s mailing list and you’ll receive an email anytime there are no lines — and you’ll hear about specials like boudin and pastrami burnt ends, too.

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