The long-awaited reopening of Hutchins BBQ in McKinney is projected to reopen at the end of August. McKinney area residents have been feverishly awaiting this event – and with all this enthusiasm stirring – fans and foodies better get crackin’ to be the first in line.
This year-round phenomenon is simply a way of life here in Texas… and no one knows BBQ better than the Hutchins Family. For years, they have been serving top-notch smoked meats and made-from-scratch sides and desserts. People have come to know and love Hutchins BBQ as “The King” of BBQ – and patrons’ line up outside to prove it. So, when you find yourself craving authentic Texas-style barbeque, make your way to one of the greatest BBQ joints around — visit Hutchins BBQ in Frisco or McKinney.
Over the years, family-owned Hutchins BBQ has received a slew of accolades from various publications, patrons, and establishments. Their excellence in the BBQ culinary circuit is well-founded and renowned. They have been recognized as one of the 50 best BBQ joints in the world and they were invited to cook dinner for the James Beard House — twice! This honor is bestowed upon only a select few, and Hutchins BBQ is proud to be among them.
Trey Hutchins, one of the four partners, said he has been a part of the business since he was a young boy, and he was – quite frankly – born into barbeque world. “We promote authentic Texas barbeque year-round, by attending a variety of events,” Hutchins said. He continued, that his barbeque contenders are undoubtedly his friends, and that the competitions are more like sibling rivalries. You’ll find Trey to be a family man, kind and very modest when it comes to his craft.
The Frisco restaurant sits back a bit from the road, and the custom-made barbeque smokers are lined up a mile long, or so it seems. From the expansive parking lot, the sweet smell of smoked meat permeates the air, and even the slightest hankering for barbeque is immediately elevated to an all-new high.
The rustic charm of Hutchins is warm and inviting. Behind the weathered exterior, you’ll find a cozy interior with complete nicks and the scratches that are clear sign the tables have been frequently occupied. The wood paneled walls are adorned with black and white photos, each telling a story of fond memories of days gone by. These permanent markers simply add to the overall character and appeal of the restaurant.
At first glance, the choice of meats may seem like typical fare of any barbeque establishment — but Hutchins BBQ is far from typical or ordinary! They undeniably rise above the competition by serving only hormone-free, never frozen meats which are slowly smoked over 100% wood-burning pits. They start with post oak and finish with pecan woods. The meats are then sliced to order on a butcher block countertop near the entrance of the restaurant.
There are so many meat choices, no one could ever walk away hungry. Some of the selections include tender sliced or chopped brisket, pulled pork, ribs, succulent turkey, juicy chicken and even made-from-scratch sausage that is produced in-house — to mention just a few.
The freshly prepared side dishes are made in-house and are plentiful, satisfying and scrumptious too. A few distinctive options include broccoli salad, potato casserole, corn, and the most lip-smacking side of all – their version of the world-famous Texas Twinkies. These enormous jalapeños are stuffed with cheese and brisket and wrapped in thick-cut bacon. What’s not to love?
While dining in, staff members flitter around the restaurant ensuring that all guests are well attended to. The employees are happy, helpful and they are committed to providing each patron with a favorable dining experience. Many of the staff members have spent their entire career with Hutchins BBQ. Hutchins said that “you cannot pay passion,” and his employees are just like family.
No meal at Hutchins would be complete without topping it off with one of their exemplary free desserts for dine-in customers. The dessert counter offers a rich banana pudding that is generously topped with vanilla wafer cookies. The warm, deep-dish peach cobbler is an all-time favorite, and it is often topped with vanilla ice cream that’s close by and always readily available.
Hutchins BBQ relies almost entirely on word-of-mouth advertising. While they have seen a great deal of success in the four decades they have been in business, Hutchins said that the prosperity is merely an added bonus. His motivation is waking up to attending to his craft daily. “Our mission has always been about serving the highest quality smoked meats and sides while providing exceptional customer service,” he said.
Hutchins BBQ is open year-round, from 11am – 9pm with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can dine-in, order call ahead take-out or delivery from the Frisco location at 9225 Preston Road. The McKinney location is 1301 N. Tennessee St., McKinney.
Smoked brisket, Hutchins merchandise, gift certificates, sauces, seasonings and other tasty treats are available online at www.hutchinsbbq.com. Nationwide shipping makes online ordering easy and convenient.
The prices are reasonable and competitive. You can easily feed a family of four with their family pack for around $65, plus tax. For a larger crowd, the party pack feeds 6-8 and is another great choice for just $105. Hutchins also offers catering, and they have served crowds are large as 5,000 at these events.
As they say, everything is larger in Texas — and the partners’ plans for the future are definitely vast. They have been fabricating custom barbeque pits for some time, and they are targeted and on track to launch their own line – Hutchins Fabrication – in January 2022. Plans to break ground on an all-new facility are also in the works. The land is adjacent to the Frisco restaurant, and they have their sights set on breaking ground in approximately 18 months.
by Gina Wiklund