Salt Lick BBQ is coming to Grapevine next year

Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood has been included in lists of the best barbecue in Texas.
Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood has been included in lists of the best barbecue in Texas.

Salt Lick BBQ, a Hill Country destination often cited among the best barbecue joints in Texas, is coming to Grapevine.

The city announced Tuesday night that it has approved a site for Salt Lick north of Grapevine Mills, near where Kubota Tractor recently opened a new North American headquarters.

In a press release, the city said the 10,000-square-foot restaurant, on 10 wooded acres, will include indoor and outdoor dining as well as a specialty wine and beer bar. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall, with completion expected in late 2018.

“This is a big night for us,” said Grapevine City Councilwoman Darlene Freed. “This is something to celebrate.”

The site is on the north side of Grapevine Mills Parkway, just west of 185 acres the city purchased from former Texas Rangers star Rafael Palmeiro that’s now under development. In addition to Kubota, Mercedes-Benz USA is building a regional parts distribution center and training facility there and plans have been unveiled for a $330 million resort and water park.

Paul W. McCallum, executive director of the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, called Salt Lick “a massive opportunity for Grapevine.” He said the restaurant’s owners plan to preserve 200-year-old oak trees on the site so that “when they are done, it will look like it has been there 50 years.”

In a statement, Salt Lick’s owner Scott Roberts said, “We have searched the Metroplex the last 10 years for a site where the look and feel of the place would remind us of the Hill Country and allow us to re-create the backyard BBQ party we have in Driftwood. We have finally found a Hill Country home in Grapevine.”

Barrett Black of The Original Black's Barbecue in Lockhart, had a blowtorch station set up next to his brisket serving station at the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival's BBQ Showdown on Thursday night. There he served up a Jalapeno, Cheddar and Mapl

In addition to Driftwood, Salt Lick has a smaller location at DFW Airport, and one in Round Rock.

Steve Kaskovich: 817-390-7773, @stevekasko

Marty Sabota: 817-390-7367, @martysabota