The verdict is in: customers feel that Chasin' Tail is Texas BBQ at its best. How exactly did they go from BBQ competitions and cook-offs to a restaurant with two locations? Co-Owner Brooke Asbell relates that "Chasin' Tail BBQ started with several friends doing BBQ competitions in the DFW area. We did pretty well so just decided to open a brick and mortar restaurant. Now we have two, one at 601 S. Lake Dallas Drive in Lake Dallas and a second location at 136 W. Main Street in Old Town Lewisville."
What sets Chasin' Tail apart is the quality of the BBQ they serve, says Asbell. The portions are healthy "because we know our customers love to eat," he says. While there's no more time for competition, Chasin' Tail still wins awards, he adds: "In the past we've won awards for our ribs, chicken and pulled pork. We were also named Best of Denton County for BBQ."
The most popular selections are brisket, pulled pork and ribs. The two-meat and three-meat plates give you chance to try out several different kinds, including sausages and turkey. The pulled pork sandwiches are rated incredible by diners. Sides like red cabbage, garlic cheddar potatoes, fried okra and jalepeño pinto beans round out the meal. If you have room left for dessert, there's excellent banana pudding and pecan pie. If not, they'll pack it for you to take home. Also to take home, the smoked ham is an excellent holiday staple.
The location - just off highway I-35 is impossible to miss, thanks to the giant pink pig outside. The pig is actually a smoker. Inside, the decor is basic, since it's the food that really matters. The new location in Old Town Lewisville has a wine and beer license, and a shady backyard patio to enjoy your meal. It contributes to the revival of the area and Asbell plans to stay there a long time.
Chasin' Tail also does catering, and it's a good idea to book well in advance. It's a popular choice for corporate events, weddings, high schools and even senior centers. The restaurant is also a favorite spot for corporate and church lunches, and of course to watch sporting events like the Daytona 500, basketball and football on the large screen TVs.
Harking back to competition days, there is a BBQ Competition Cooking Class. But Asbell says that "Once BBQ is in your blood, its hard to get out. We enjoy the cooking, but mostly love serving great BBQ to our loyal customers."