Cousin’s Bar-B-Q

6262 McCart Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76133

Phone: 817-346-2511
Hours: Mon-€“Sat 11-€“9
Twitter: @cousinsbbq

Opened 1983
Pitmaster Cliff Payne
Method Hickory; indirect-heat pit
Pro Tip They serve ultra-lean brisket unless you specify otherwise.

TMBBQ Rating: 4.25

Texas Monthly BBQ Top 50


May 14, 2013

With six locations—two of which are in the Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport—this family-run operation could be considered a chain now and, thus, not admissible for this list. But rules are made to be broken, especially when a plateful of expertly smoked meat is before you. We still like the original Cousin’s. It doesn’t have much curb appeal: a plain joint located in a shopping center set back from a six-lane road on the outskirts of…

October 17, 2008

Normally I stay away from chains, but this location made it into Texas Monthly’s Top 50, so I thought I’d give it a try. There are four stand-alone locations as well as two more in the DFW Airport, but a friend and I chose to try the original, which opened in 1983. The strip mall location is underwhelming, but the smell of smoke inside was tempting. My dining companion had not yet experienced a full…

May 21, 2008

In barbecue time there’s before, during, and after. Before our meal at Cousin’s, we studied the brisket’s thin, dark crust. During our meal, the smoky taste made us lose track of our other senses. Ribs were rich. Sauce was tart. Sweet beans really were. After, we wondered where the time had gone.