The rich smoky flavors of pecan, oak and hickory chips filled the air as customers entered Harris Bar-B-Que on Thursday at the start of the lunch hour.

Harris Bar-B-Que opened its doors three months ago and the news of its great food has been spreading from customer to customer across the county.

“We are trying to bring good Texas barbecue down this way to Waxahachie. Business is starting to pick up and the word is starting to get out. When I started this thing I wanted to do something original. I was looking for a place where I could cook off my (barbeque) pits. Not the commercialized,” Owner Kelvin Harris said. “So I ended up coming to Waxahachie to do what I wanted to do and do it the way I wanted to do it.”

Harris said the location here in Waxahachie is a good fit and it allows him to use his barbecue pit that provides the unique and authentic Texas flavor. The use of pecan, oak and hickory wood provides a good, mild, subtle taste. After the meats are finished cooking they are wrapped in butcher paper instead of foil because it adheres to more smoke and helps to tenderize the meat.

“Right now I think that our biggest seller is beef. You can have really good ribs but if you’re from Texas you are looking for some really good beef. I think that is what is making us grow,” Harris said. “The pulled pork and the ribs are starting to catch on. We also do chicken on Saturdays.”

Other items on the menu includes ribs, smoked sausage, turkey legs, coleslaw, beans, potato salad, green beans and a loaded baked potato. Fresh vegetables are used in every dish at the restaurant and everything is made from scratch. Nothing canned or bottled is used.

Harris said the reception from the public has been great and have had a lot of repeat business in the short time they have been open. The restaurant gained a number of new customers from recommendations spread from person to person.

“I think that what sets us apart is the passion and love for what we do trying to put out the best product as possible We are getting up every day before the crack of dawn and we baby sit the food all day long,” Harris said. “We want people to come by and give us a try and give us a shot. I tell all my customers if you ever come and have a problem you make sure and let me know because I will straighten it out and make it right.”

Harris Bar-B-Que is located at 220 S. U.S. Highway 77 in Waxahachie. It is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday or until food runs out. It also does catering.

For more information, go to or call 972-923-0040. The website lists the restaurant’s full menu and prices.

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