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Bitchin’ Barbecue Alert: Harris Bar-B-Q in Waxahachie

The brisket. The smoker.
The brisket. The smoker.

I spent Wednesday in Waxahachie, one of my favorite small towns in Texas. I have family there: my aunt Tita and my cousin Don live just outside of downtown in a farmhouse built in 1887. On my way out of town, I stopped at Harris Bar-B-Q and, holy pecan-oak-hickory smokes, I’m glad I did.

The bare-bones joint with a 35-year old smoker out front is run by Roy and Kelvin Harris of Dallas. The menu is small: ribs, sausage, turkey legs, chopped beef, brisket, pulled pork, and chicken on weekends.  Sandwiches are two-fist-ten-napkin wonders. I sampled pulled pork, sausage “from Waco,” and sliced brisket. I’d drive back down to eat any of them, but the brisket was, by far, the best. Buttered buns are griddled on both sides and miraculously remain toasty despite a pile of brisket and some spicy sauce. The meat was so tender I swallowed without chewing.

Check them out this weekend. They will be at the Texas Country Reporter Festival (Hi, Bob!) this weekend. 220 S. U.S. Highway 77 in Waxahachie. 972-923-0040 It is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday or until food runs out.