Heim Barbecue

Try This: Bacon Burnt Ends
1109 W. Magnolia Ave. | heimbbq.com

The runaway success of Travis and Emma Heim's barbecue joint on Magnolia Avenue — the first in what will likely be many locations — could easily be attributed to being in the right place at the right time with the right food.

Two years ago, the hip Near Southside area was in dire need of a cool barbecue joint, and here came the Heims, lugging a trailer, smokers and slabs of brisket and ribs. But they would have been long-gone if they had lacked the know-how.

They proved themselves quickly, selling sublime moist brisket, out-of-sight sides and those bacon burnt ends — can we just go ahead and name them the official dish of Fort Worth? — out of their original trailer.

First, barbecue lovers lined up, then investors. In no time, the couple had on their hands a bricks-and-mortar, now possibly the city's most popular barbecue spot.

Texas Monthly seriously boosted their cred this year, honoring them with a spot on the mag's Top 50 Best BBQ Joints, no small feat in a state with thousands of them. 

A second location will soon rise in the burgeoning River District, near White Settlement; something tells us this is just the beginning.