|Story and photography by Kimberly Stephens|
The Texas-native lover of BBQ is back again to dish about 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House - located in the heart of Frisco, Texas. 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House is a full-service barbecue restaurant that has been open for 4 years, recently closed for approximately 2 weeks, and has now re-opened. In my personal opinion - it's now better than ever. With new management and menu by Chef Pete Rukes and pitmaster Bryan Shanahan, 3 Stacks was intentional about their customers' feedback when making menu changes.
I’ve personally visited 3 Stacks multiple times before (because #foodlover) and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised and elated with the menu changes and additions. 3Stacks is now also a scratch-kitchen and all bread, sausages, jams and other sauces all house-made. Our experience began with a few cocktails that were aesthetically pleasing and almost too pretty to drink (almost!). I’m typically a margarita girl, so I opted for the Smoke Show which consisted of Ghost Tequila, Cointreau, Lime and Agave. Perfect choice for this- girl as it was strong, and slightly tangy (like me).
Pictured above is also the Ritten in Thyme which is a refreshing drink of choice and the Ol‘ Barrel. The Ol‘ Barrel was probably the smoothest old fashioned that I’ve had EVER.
My favorite appetizers were the fried green tomatoes and the smokehouse flatbread. It seemed that each appetizer carried a sweet flair that I crave in all of my food. They now also have buttermilk and bacon hushpuppies and the jalapeño jam that comes on the side with this dish is to die for! I definitely wanted a jar of this to take home with me. (Hint: Please bottle and sell this stuff, 3 Stacks!)
For our entrees we had family-size shareable portions of the USDA Prime brisket, smoked turkey breast, St. Louis Ribs, Shrimp & Grits and the BLT. While everything truly tickled my tastebuds, the St. Louis Ribs, BLT and of course the Prime “Moist” Brisket were my absolute faves. The St. Louis Ribs fell off the bone, and were seasoned to perfection. The Moist Brisket was a BBQ lovers dream come true with a slew of BBQ sauces to complement and the BLT which holds the house smoked pork belly is simply divine.
Can I also share a secret? The sides are phenomenal. You must grab a side of the roasted garlic mashed potatoes and the white cheddar mac & cheese. And whatever you choose for dessert will be a game-changer. I’m thrilled with all the changes and can’t wait to get back to the new edition of 3 Stacks soon.
Enjoy additional drool-worthy pictures below.
3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House
4226 Preston Road
*While our meal was complimentary, all opinions are my own.