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If you live in Midland, you have to eat barbecue. It’s in the city charter. But that doesn’t mean you have to dine out if you’re wary about social distancing. Check out our suggestions for the best local barbecue available for takeout and delivery. And remember: Go big or go home!

KD’s Bar-B-Q

KD’s has an eclectic setting decorated with old signs and antiques, and you’ll often find the owner greeting customers as they enter the store. Brisket is their specialty – the best in Midland, or so they say – but you can’t go wrong with any of their offerings. Both takeout and delivery options are available.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Dickey’s is the Burger King of BBQ with locations spread all across the country. If you go, be sure to check out their brisket and fried okra. Dickey’s offers curbside pickup as well as free no-contact takeout delivery, and they’re open till 9 PM.

Johnny’s Barbecue

Johnny’s has been in the barbecue business for nearly 70 years and boasts of having served a few “Presidential West Texans” along the way. If you go, try the melt-in-your-mouth smoked turkey and their delicious brisket. The peach cobbler also gets rave reviews. Curbside pickup is available from 11 AM to 6:30 PM.

Michael’s Charcoal Grill

Michael’s is an aviation-themed joint decked out with airplane models and photographs. Get the whole restaurant experience while eating at home by watching the thorough six-and-a-half minute video at the top of their homepage. Michael’s isn’t strictly barbecue, but they do offer delicious takes on some barbecue standards such as smoked sausage and ribs. Plus, every fried meat you could imagine. Both carry-out and curbside pick-up are available.

Scotty’s Soul Food & BBQ

Scotty’s is the place to go for fried catfish, gizzards, and smothered pork chops, as well as barbecue standards like smoked brisket, sausage, and ribs. They also serve arguably the best collard greens in Midland and red Kool-Aid to wash it all down. Takeout and pick-up are available, as well as delivery from services like Favor and Texas ToGo.

Up In Smoke BBQ & Co

Up In Smoke’s owner/operator Junior Urias knows barbecue. He was 2014 BBQ Pitmasters Texas Champion and has won other competitions across the country. The joint’s website boasts that Urias has “encountered famous chefs such as Guy Fieri.” It’s unclear what happened immediately following this encounter, but it must have turned out alright because Up In Smoke continues to turn out delicious eats, as well as offering sauces, rubs, and even cooking classes. If you go, don’t miss the pork belly and the ribs. Takeout is available.

For more tips on living large in Midland, Texas, visit the Anatole on Briarwood blog.