Fort Worth's newest BBQ restaurant has arrived with brisket a-plenty: Award-winning Hurtado Barbecue quietly opened a location on September 27 in the Southside neighborhood, in the where it will serve barbecue with a Tex-Mex twist Tuesday-Sunday from 7 am-5 pm.
The restaurant takes over the space at 1116 8th Ave. previously occupied by Derek Allen's Texas Barbecue, which closed in June.
This is the third location for a concept founded by Brandon Hurtado who started his BBQ journey doing barbecue in his backyard, then graduated to a food truck before opening the first brick-and-mortar location in Arlington in February 2020. A second location opened in Little Elm in 2022.
Fort Worth has become the erstwhile capital of barbecue in Texas, logging more spots on Texas Monthly's recent list of top 50 BBQ spots, than any other city in Texas - a list that included Hurtado's Arlington location.
The magazine recommended Hurtado's Texas Twinkie, a brisket-and-pimento-cheese-stuffed jalapeño wrapped in bacon, and also praised the El Jefe Platter, a sampler with brisket, glazed pork ribs, and turkey, and the Big Red barbacoa tostada with beef cheeks and refried beans.
Other menu items include brisket, ribs, sausage, turkey, and burnt ends plus sides such as Hatch chile mac & cheese and baked potato salad. Fort Worth will offer beer and wine, as does the restaurant in Arlington (Little Elm has a full bar).
Hurtado has said that some of his menu items originated from the food he grew up eating, such as the brisket biscuit he does and that includes his Tex-Mex spin, such as sausage stuffed with poblano queso fundido, smoked elote, barbacoa tacos, and the serrano peppers he adds to his coleslaw to give it a kick.
He does some fun items including a Texas-style brisket benedict, with a honey butter biscuit made with beef tallow, topped with brisket and scrambled eggs; and trendy brisket birria tacos.
It's a fusion with broad appeal: They also have a food stand at the Texas Rangers' Globe Life Field.