Now we're here to tell you that barbecue for breakfast is an even better idea. Besides the obvious life lessons you've been skipping so far, getting some breakfast barbecue lets you bypass two of our least favorite aspects about barbecue dining: long lines and sellouts. In our travels, we've found the spots selling barbecue first thing in the morning are lightly attended. If you're at a spot early, the chances of them being out of something you came for are significantly lowered. That's a double win in our book.
Not every barbecue spot has caught up to this trend yet, and for those that do, it may not be an everyday affair. So we're here to help; we've put together six spots across the North Texas area that are worth setting your alarm early for, along with what to order and when. There's no particular order to our list, so let's dive in.
Tender's pudding is still our favorite). But, we also happened to arrive in time to catch Tender's breakfast options, which stretch until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Like a lot of other spots, you can get breakfast tacos filled with your favorite meat, but the informed choice here is to go with Brisket & Biscuit, Tender's take on the biscuits and gravy classic. The fluffy biscuits and savory gravy could stand on their own, and your order includes two eggs cooked any way you like them. But when Tender's succulent burnt ends get piled on top, it's like finding money in your jeans on laundry day, except the excitement is in your mouth instead of your wallet. For that matter, this heaping plate of goodness is just $12, so your wallet will be happy too.
When to go: Tuesday through Friday, 7-11 a.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Instagram can be painful at times. Everything looks ridiculously delicious (hello, brisket waffle biscuit?), and even when we're not hungry, their posts make us give serious thought to moving to Fort Worth. Even if you're not close by, it's worth a breakfast stop. Need more motivation? Derek Allan's lets you order brisket, burnt ends and pulled pork by the pound as early as 7 a.m. There's something slightly sweet and magical going on in the biscuit that holds a thick chunk of Derek Allan's wagyu brisket and a fluffy egg. But we were perhaps more blown away by fresh-squeezed orange juice on the menu. Fresh-squeezed juice? At a barbecue joint? Yeah, that's a thing.
When to go: Tuesday through Saturday, 7-10 a.m.
first time we visited Panther City, we were struck by how much good food you get for comparatively not a lot of money. In the three years since, Panther City has added a bigger trailer, an enclosed patio and runs a barbecue school to boot. Yet with all that expansion, Panther City's stellar barbecue is still a bargain, and going for breakfast only highlights the value proposition. Take a look at the Panther Platter in the photo above. You get two over-easy eggs, a pile of breakfast potatoes, half a link of sausage, spicy beans, tortillas and a formidable slab of brisket. It's on the menu board for $10. We were only charged $9, and we'd still be a buyer if it were $13 or $14. What a time to be alive.
When to go: Wednesday through Saturday, 7-10 a.m.
thieves robbing them of a safe in March. Somehow, Travis and Emma Heim keep smiling. Needless to say, you can show them some love by stopping in for breakfast tacos. You can get brisket, jalapeño-cheddar sausage or bacon burnt ends with scrambled eggs on your choice of a regular or chipotle flour tortilla. Naturally, bacon burnt ends on chipotle is the pro-level pick here. The Mockingbird spot is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but Heim's original Magnolia location is now a seven-day-a-week affair.
When to go: Wednesday through Sunday, 8-11 a.m.
are back in business after damage from February's winter storm, and Grand Prairie is better for it.
When to go: Tuesday through Friday, 6-11 a.m.
When to go: Daily, 6-11 a.m.