Grab your bibs, grab your knives. Salt Lick BBQ, one of Texas' most popular smokehouses, is coming to D-FW.
On Tuesday, the barbecue restaurant announced it would be opening a new location in Grapevine, its third in the state behind the original in Driftwood and another in Round Rock, both near Austin. Construction is expected to begin in the fall and the restaurant is expected to open in "late 2018," according to a statement from the city of Grapevine.
One thing barbecue fans love about visiting Salt Lick in Driftwood is the ambiance. The restaurant is situated in a wooded area that even houses its own vineyard. The company is hoping to maintain a similar vibe in Grapevine by opening on a 10-acre property. Plans call for 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor dining space, plus a specialty wine and beer bar.
"We have searched the metroplex the last 10 years for a site where the look and feel of the place would remind us of the hill country and allow us to recreate the backyard BBQ party we have in Driftwood," said Scott Roberts, Salt Lick's owner, in a statement.
The 'cue isn't bad either, according to Texas Monthly barbecue expert Daniel Vaughn. Though he says many feel it's "overrated."
"Salt Lick's popularity, while undeniable, is baffling to some barbecue critics who feel the barbecue is overrated. Maybe so, but I'd take umbrage with anyone calling it awful, as I've heard many times," Vaughn wrote last year. "For me, it falls somewhere in the middle, making it at once the most underrated and overrated barbecue joint in Texas."
Still, there's no overshadowing Salt Lick's devout following. Last year, Austin Chronicle readers voted it the area's best barbecue joint.