Bacon burnt ends: That's the hot item at Heim Barbecue. "It's kind of a 'thing'," says co-owner Travis Heim.
The Fort-Worth-area food trailer has been turning out impressive brisket, burnt ends and other barbecue since it opened in early 2015. Heim made Texas Monthly Barbecue Editor Daniel Vaughn's list of the "top 25 new and improved BBQ joints in Texas." The Star-Telegram called it "remarkably good barbecue." And the brisket, ribs, sausage and bacon burnt ends tend to sell out in just a few hours on the limited days the food truck sells its sought-after 'cue.
It's become popular enough that its owners Travis and Emma Heim are opening a restaurant on Magnolia Avenue in Fort Worth, the busy street that's already home to Cane Rosso, Ellerbe Fine Foods, Spiral Diner & Bakery, Yucatan Taco Stand, Kent & Co. Wine Bar and many more. Fried chicken joint Gus's is expected to join the block in spring 2016.
[UPDATE Aug. 5 at 12 p.m.: Heim's new location celebrates a grand opening Saturday, Aug. 6. It's open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.]
Grand opening date: Aug. 6, 2016.
The new shop's hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week. Barbecue is only available while it lasts, but the bar serves beer, wine and cocktails until close.
Heim's trailer will cease operation once the restaurant opens.
The company's famous bacon burnt ends will remain on the menu. Travis Heim explains the burnt ends as "chewy, smoky, candied goodness" served by the quarter pound.
At the new restaurant, the Heims will also sell brisket kolaches, smoked beef tallow French fries and bourbon and whiskey.
"You know, healthy stuff," Heim jokes.
The Heims learned some of their tricks from pitmaster Aaron Franklin, of the revered Franklin Barbecue. But Austin's a good three-hour drive from here. Better try Heim and see if you can save yourself a trip.
1109 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth. Expected to open March 3, 2015. facebook.com/heimbarbecue.