Backyard debates about what constitutes the tastiest Texas-style barbeque easily spill over into discussions about where to order the best brisket, ribs or sausage.
Allow us to throw a sticky bone picked clean your way. Hutchins BBQ in McKinney is family-run operation that pulls dark, shiny tender pieces of meat out of its smoker daily.
The aroma of wood smoke is omnipresent in its parking lot, which is always a good sign.
The folks at this barbeque joint off the beaten path have staked their reputation on their brisket, seasoned simply with salt, pepper and cayenne.
“We keep the rub simple -- no sugar -- because we want the slow cooked, smoky flavor of the meat to shine,” said Hutchins BBQ owner, Tim Hutchins.
The service at Hutchins BBQ is no frills. Customers line up as soon as they enter and are handed their plates to slide on a cafeteria-style tray.
Brisket, ribs, chicken, pulled pork and sausage drenched in sweet, tangy barbeque sauce are the meaty entrees of choice, but medium-sized pieces of catfish fried in cornmeal breading is also offered. The southern-style fried fish is served with fried tubular pieces of golden fried hush puppy goodness.
The free dessert bar with peach cobbler and banana pudding is another sweet touch anyone watching their wallets will appreciate.
1301 North Tennessee Street