I went to 3 Stacks up in Frisco last week. They’re very tasty but very expensive for BBQ. I got the beef ribs and was going to get a rack but they wanted approximately $15.00 / rib! Now granted - there was a ton of meat on each rib and it was very good so half a rib was more than enough for me especially considering we had some other meats and sides too. In any case, if you like BBQ I recommend them.
A great deal of BBQ joints are crap as restaurants - even if they have good BBQ. Weird hours. Weird entree availability. Logistics are a huge part of any good restaurant, and with the huge prep time required for low-and-slow BBQ, I think the logistics are too much for most BBQ joints to offer service and availability on par with a regular restaurant. Though their BBQ is far from the best, I kind of marvel at the service of Famous Dave’s. From open to close, the entire menu is just 15 minutes to your table. Food is only servable for so long though, so I guess the crappier places simply can’t afford to toss the amount of food one needs to in order to have BBQ ready to go at all hours.
I’m actually a BBQ critic. In Texas. Dallas/Fort Worth. I get paid to eat BBQ.
Texas BBQ absolutely includes ribs. Traditionally it was Beef, but pork ribs have taken over because, well, people like them. However, ribs in BBQ joints usually are cut apart, rather than served in a rack. There are a few reasons for this, but mainly BBQ here is/was more of a to go thing traditionally. You don’t usually get real silverware (or knives) and You cant eat a rack of ribs while driving. Most good 'cue joints should be willing to serve them to you in a rack rather than cut up if you request it.
When I’m in the mood for ribs, (and I don’t want to do them myself) I generally go to a BBQ dispensary and ask for a pound of ribs. When I really really want ribs, I go to Roscoe’s down in Burleson on a Wednesday for all you can eat 'cue day. In three years of BBQ reviews I’ve never found a place with better ribs (haven’t been in a while though…I really need to go back).