Texas barbecue is legendary. Every small town and big city claims to have the best. McKinney is no exception. But whereas most other Texas towns crown brisket as king, McKinney is a pork barbecue loving town. Of course, all the barbecue joints offer amazing food. Here’s how to find them all.
A McKinney tradition since 1978, Hutchins BBQ has been ranked number one for ten years in a row. For 2013, they were voted in the top 50 barbecue restaurants by Texas Monthly magazine. Long time locals are fiercely loyal; the atmosphere and food are truly authentic. Located at 1301 N. Tennessee St, they’re open from Sunday – Thursday, 11am to 9pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, they stay open until 9:30pm. Just north of the square, parking is plentiful, and access is easy from Highway 380.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Dickey’s is a Dallas-based chain. The McKinney location is conveniently located at 600 N. Central Expressway. They’re open from 11am to 9pm. They have a well-rounded menu, and are a regular feature at catered events around town. Locals turn to Dickey’s whenever they need barbecue for a crowd; they’re guaranteed to please everyone, even the gluten-free vegetarians.
Spring Creek Barbeque
Spring Creek may be a chain, but it fits well into McKinney palates with their emphasis on pork. They’re known for their ribs, and Carolina-style pork – which can be hard to find in Texas. Even McKinneyites who don’t know the restaurant know their bottled sauce. Located at 1993 N. Central Expressway, they’re open from 11am to 9pm, Sunday through Thursday, and 11am to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Hank’s Texas Grill
Located between Dickey’s and Spring Creek at 1310 N. Central Expressway, at the corner of White Street, Hank’s is a world away from the chain barbecue restaurants. They’re also the only one in town to offer live music. The atmosphere is completely different; barbecue is just one of the menu options here. Many people are only here for the drinks and music, despite how good the food is. If it’s a headling act, consider purchasing tickets before the show. Less family friendly, they restrict attendance of minors. Hours are from 11am to 12am, Wednesday through Friday, Saturday from 11am to 1am, Sundays from 11am to 10pm.
No matter what style of barbecue you’re looking for in McKinney, Texas, you’re sure to be satisfied. From crowd pleasing, to award winning, or served during a live show, local barbecue flavors please the most demanding palate.