MCKINNEY -- When it comes to BBQ, it’s safe to say Texas is bestest. Especially the McKinney staple Hutchins BBQ, which has folks coming in flocks.
And by the looks of things, who can blame them?
However, it’s deeper than food here, it’s about family – and friends who become family.
"It got started originally in 1978 by Roy Hutchins, the original founder,” Dustin Blackwell said. Blackwell is the co-owner and general manager of Hutchins BBQ.
“He started a little BBQ shack in Princeton and eventually he kind of outgrew his digs and we opened up here in McKinney back in 1991."
After Hutchins retired, Dustin Blackwell came aboard in 2006 to help Hutchins’ son, Tim, run the business. Blackwell deals with the customers while Tim mans the pits.
"We use one pit just for ribs,” Hutchins said. “We use another pit for sausage, the poultry."
So, what do most folks come for? You guessed it, the brisket.
"Our briskets cook about 15-17 hours depending on the size,” Hutchins said.
And if you think Hutchins BBQ is serving up mundane meat, think again. Chew on this, this place only uses prime brisket. Who even knew there was such a thing?
"You've got certified black Angus, there's a certified Angus brisket, you've got prime brisket which is top 10% of all Angus,” Blackwell said. “And that's what we strive for."
Did we mention it’s hormone and antibiotic free?
And it doesn’t stop at brisket, although it could.
"We've got three handmade sausages that are made every morning," Hutchins said. “We've got an original sausage, we've got a homemade cheddar jalapeno and a homemade hotlink. We've got St. Louis pork spare ribs."
Not to mention turkey, chicken, ham, and pulled pork. And you can’t forget all the delicious homemade sides.
If you have the appetite, Hutchins even has an all you can eat option that’ll cost you less than 20 bucks.
Hutchins is so popular, they just opened a new spot in Frisco. But hey, either place you go, you won’t leave Hutchins hungry.