Trinidadian Flavors Bring the Heat to North Texas’s Barbecue Scene

Smoked meats, sides, and Trini pepper sauce from Meshack's BBQ in Plano.Just about any cuisine can be fused with Texas barbecue. Over the past few years we’ve seen smoked meats featured on Japanese, Vietnamese, Italian, Mexican, and Ethiopian menus in Texas. Willie Meshack’s BBQ, which opened in Plano in January, is adding Trinidadian cuisine to the list. The Meshack name is well-known in the area thanks to the Meshack’s barbecue chain founded by James Meshack in South Dallas in 1978. Meshack’s Bar-Be-Cue Shack in Garland still carries that name, though this Plano spot is not associated with the original. That’s not to say they’re unrelated, though. The new restaurant originally opened with the name Meshack’s Texas BBQ, which caused some confusion, so co-owner Willie Meshack Jr. quickly rebranded. The name is meant to honor his father,…

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