When you have brisket on the brain, it’s easy to overlook the side dishes at most barbecue restaurants. But at Back Country Bar B Q, menu items like the creamed spinach and the baked potato are what get people talking. That’s because they’re made in-house from scratch. “I think that’s what sets us apart from most barbecue houses,” says owner Frank Hart. “A lot of people don’t take the time to do that.” Some guests drop in just a take a few sides to-go. Back Country opened at its Greenville location in 1988 and has become a neighborhood institution. Hart and his pitmaster Earnest Griffith smoke 30 briskets a night. “It’s a slow process,” Hart says. “We don’t get in a hurry.” Back Country has such a loyal following that Hart has seen some of his customers grow from children to adults who are now bringing their kids. “It’s kind of rewarding. I’ve done something right.”
Back Country Bar B Q
Three more spots for barbecue
1 Baker’s Ribs
This family owned barbecue restaurants also offers homemade sides and fried pies from the Original Fried Pie Shop in Oklahoma.
2 Mac’s Bar-B-Que
This small Deep Ellum establishment hasn’t received as much hype as other neighborhood barbecue spots, but it still holds its own. The Frito pie is a customer favorite.
3 Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que
This 30-year-old institution offers a daily special for $6.95 with a meat-of-the-day plus two sides.
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