Zavala’s Barbecue

Friends & family enjoy a party at Zavala’s Barbecue’s new location on 421 W. Main St. in Grand Prairie. Zavala’s will reopen this Saturday Feb. 16th. (Photo ©Tom Fox/Texas BBQ Posse)

Great news for DFW smoked meat lovers, Zavala’s Barbecue reopens in their new location this Saturday, February 16th. The Posse got a sneak peek last weekend as partners Joe Zavala Jr. and Drew Wright fired up the pit and invited friends and family for a soft opening party.

Zavala’s originally opened as a pop-up across from the Farmer’s Market on Main Street in downtown Grand Prairie last March. They quickly gained a loyal following, bringing great Texican barbecue to the DFW area. Our first visit on Cinco de Mayo, their eighth week in business, was one of the most impressive first impressions we had ever experienced at a BBQ joint.

Zavala’s closed their original pop-up in late September, after purchasing a historic building a couple of blocks down the street at 421 W. Main St. Built in 1946 to house a then-new restaurant chain, Weber’s Root Beer stand, the distinctive building required extensive renovation and updates, including a new smokehouse that will house two 1000-gallon offset smokers. The renovation ended up taking four months.

As in the past, they will be open only on Saturdays but are open to adding at least one Friday a month as business picks up.  “From there, we’ll see where it takes us,” said co-owner Joe Zavala Jr.

All the offerings on their past menu will remain the same, but they plan on adding several new items including more handmade sausage options and are going to experiment with a brisket boudin. They also plan to add some hot side dishes, but will phase these in as they get their workflow down.

They will continue to accept pre-orders, which will require a three-pound minimum order. You can pick up your pre-order from 10am-10:30am.

The doors open for diners at 11am, so get there early and prepare to experience some of the best barbecue you’ll eat in the DFW area.

Zavala’s Barbecue, 421 W. Main St., Grand Prairie, 214-564-2799. Open Saturdays 11am-until the meat runs out. Internet pre-orders can be picked up from 10-10:30am.

Zavala’s Barbecue

Cameron Tryggvason works the cutting board at the new Zavala’s Barbecue. (Photo ©Tom Fox/Texas BBQ Posse)

Zavala’s Barbecue

Gabe Valdez, left, of 44 Farms greets Jose Zavala, 8 months old, as dad Joe Jr. & mom Christan look on. (Photo ©Michael Ainsworth/Texas BBQ Posse)

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The team at Zavala’s Barbecue, clockwise from top left: C.J. Ramirez, Cameron Tryggvason, Drew Wright, Joe Zavala Jr., Jose Zavala & Christan Zavala.  (Photo ©Tom Fox/Texas BBQ Posse)

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Our lunch spread at the soft opening party at the new Zavala’s Barbecue. (Photo ©Michael Ainsworth/Texas BBQ Posse)

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BBQ enthusiast & legendary Texas Rangers announcer Eric Nadel stops by the soft opening at Zavala’s Barbecue. (Photo ©Michael Ainsworth/Texas BBQ Posse)

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A party-goer drips BBQ sauce on their brisket & cole slaw taco creation at the new Zavala’s. (Photo ©Michael Ainsworth/Texas BBQ Posse)

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Joe Zavala Jr., right, entertains guests with some pit talk in the smoker room at the new Zavala’s Barbecue. (Photo ©Tom Fox/Texas BBQ Posse)

Zavala’s Barbecue

The new location of Zavala’s Barbecue, 412 W. Main St. in Grand Prairie, with the addition of a smokehouse and extensive renovations to the existing historic property. (Photo ©Michael Ainsworth/Texas BBQ Posse)

Zavala’s Barbecue

The Zavalas pose for photos with family & friends at the soft opening party. (Photo ©Tom Fox/Texas BBQ Posse)

Zavala’s Barbecue

Brix the dog samples the goods at Zavala’s Barbecue, he’s the mascot for Brix Barbecue, an up-and-coming pop-up in Fort Worth. (Photo ©Michael Ainsworth/Texas BBQ Posse)

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