Danny's Little Taste of Texas
19 Oakland Road
South Windsor, CT 06074
(860) 436-1232

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Best Barbecue Restaurant in Manchester CT

True, authentic Texas barbecue can be found in the heart of New England at Danny’s Little Taste of Texas in Manchester, CT.

Danny’s is the best barbecue restaurant in New England with dine in, barbecue take out and barbecue catering services. Danny’s is committed to serving real Texas-style barbecue with meat that is dry rubbed and mixed with special spices. Danny’s meats are then wood smoked in their smokehouse grill for over 12 hours.


Barbecue Catering Services Manchester CT

Get food to go with our barbecue take out service!

Best Barbecue Restaurant Manchester CT Serving South Windsor, CT & Manchester, CT, Danny’s barbecue catering services includes a full service, on-site chuck wagon ho down that can bring Texas barbecue to any meeting or event. The chuck wagon ho down includes a full smokehouse grill along with a full buffet set up and music and karaoke. Danny’s also offers full delivery and set up services along with barbecue take out.

View Danny’s full menu here!

Danny’s Little Taste of Texas features delicious, Texas-inspired appetizers, build your own burger or hot dog, sandwiches and wraps, Tex-Mex, and, of course, Texas barbecue at the best barbecue restaurant in the region.


Entrées include barbecue ribs, smoked chicken, chicken fried steak, pot roast, pork chops and more.

Barbecue Take Out Manchester CT For starters:
Texas-style wings in a choice of sauces
Smoked wings
Potato skins
Pork Nuggets
Onion Rings
Jalapeño Poppers
Mini Tacos
Quesadilla Roll Ups

Soups and more:
Chili bowl
Rancher and Tortilla Salads

Meals and Entrées:
Baked Potato Meals • Make Your Own Burger or Hot Dog
A variety of sandwiches and wraps • Grilled Favorites
Tex-Mex Specialties

Entrée Specialties:
Pulled or sliced beef brisket or pork shoulder
Baby back ribs • Beef or Pork Ribs • Half Chicken
Chicken Fried Steak • Texas Pot Roast
Fried Chicken • Chicken Tenderloins

Barbecue Catering Services Manchester CT Contact Danny’s Little Taste of Texas

Danny’s Little Taste of Texas is located at 19 Oakland Road in South Winsdor, CT, just a short drive from the Shoppes at Buckland Hills in Manchester and the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor. 

Call them for a reservation or catering services at 860.436.1232. Don't forget about our quick and easy barbecue take out!

For the best barbecue restaurant around, stop in!

For more information, email ltot@ltot.necoxmail.com.

Hours of operation:
Wednesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m.-9 p.m.

Products & Services

"It's so good they should have lines out the door." Hartford Magazine 2014

Danny's Little Taste of Texas offers authentic Texas style BBQ right here in your backyard! 

We also offer: Catering services, take-out food and buffets!

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Danny's Little Taste of Texas

Two Thumbs Up!
Thu Jul 17 16:46:00 EDT 2014

Read firsthand what our past customers have to say about our dishes and services: http://www.dannyslittletasteoftexas.com/reviews

Danny's Pro-Tip for great Barbecue
Wed Jul 16 17:30:00 EDT 2014

Apply your sauce at the end of your cook, just long enough for it to caramelize as it's baked onto your juicy ribs. 10 minutes of your fully cooked ribs on a hot surface with the sauce lightly painted on brings your ribs and your sauce to the max of their flavor capacity. 

** Most sauces start to caramelize at temperatures above 320 degree Fahrenheit***

My Kind of Party!
Mon Jul 14 12:06:00 EDT 2014

Ever get sick and tired of being the host to parties you didn't even sign up for? Or how about the drudging feeling you get towards the end of the night thinking about the post party clean up? Well fear no more! We here at Danny's Little Taste of Texas feel that parties should be fun and leave everyone happier than when they arrived! This being said, we are offering private party hosting at our venue! That's right! No more clean-ups, no more worrying about messy kids leaving all your furniture...

Calling All Foodies!!
Mon Jun 30 12:37:00 EDT 2014


We take all the guess work out folks! Come on down and try our Hog Wings in our secret Golden Dust Sauce! They truly are most delicious and best enjoyed piping hot with some mashed potatoes and onion rings on the side! 


Honest, you'll wish you had tried them sooner!

Don't Forget to Join Our Customer Club!
Thu Jun 26 13:44:00 EDT 2014

When you go to our website and give us your email, you will receive an automated welcome email! bring in a copy of this email either on your phone or printed out and we'll take 15% OFF your bill! Just like that, super easy I promise! 

We don't sell your email or give out any of your private information, in fact, we don't even ask for your private information! 

Don't Exhaust Yourself on a Holiday!
Mon Jun 23 13:43:00 EDT 2014

July 19th Extreme Meet & Greet
Thu Jun 19 13:57:00 EDT 2014

This just in!! The Stafford Palace Theater and Music Studio 307 are holding a special EXTREME pre-show Meet n' Greet BBQ Party at Stafford Tavern on Saturday, July 19th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm!!! Meet opening act Charlie Farren from The Joe Perry Project & FARRENHEIT and watch live performances by Scott LaFlamme (formally of Bang...

Thank You for Joining Us!
Tue Jun 17 14:05:00 EDT 2014

A great big Thank You to all the families that took time to spend a part of their Father's Day with us! We hope you enjoyed your free meals!! :D

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Become one of the thousands that have taken advantage of all the deals we give to our Customer Loyalty Club Members, including %15 OFF your bill when you sign up for a limited time! 

We Serve the Nutmeg State with a Smile!
Thu Jun 12 15:04:00 EDT 2014

Our Chuck Wagon catering service brings joy from Tolland to Stamford, CT with no fuss at all!...

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By Spencer Caldwell

Delicious Ribs and more!


The phrase Connecticut barbecue might never have the ring to it of, say, Memphis barbecue, Carolina barbecue, Kansas City barbecue or Texas barbecue. Sadly, much of our barbecue might be of the "remove the rack of ribs from the sleeve and slather it with BBQ sauce" variety.

However, good barbecue has popped up in places like Stamford, Moodus, Vernon, Uncasville, Hartford, and even briefly on College Street in New Haven, where an elderly couple opened an authentic Texas-style barbecue joint and then had such health problems they were rarely open.

The best barbecue I’ve found in the Northeast is a dive called Bub’s BBQ in Sunderland, Mass. And yes, it’s well worth the hour drive straight up I-91. Even the gator’s great. But as long as we have Danny’s Little Taste of Texas in South Windsor, we can let some considerable Lone Star pride swell in our collective chest.

Of the four main regional varieties of barbecue, I have always strongly favored Texas (just as I favor Texas chili over Cincinnati) — because it’s all about the meat. Sauce is a secondary consideration. Properly done, Texas-style barbecue is so flavorful you’d never need sauce, except eventually all that richness requires some acidity for balance and coleslaw alone just ain’t gonna cut it.

From the outside, the most compelling thing about Danny’s Little Taste of Texas, which is in its 14th year, is the chuck wagon used for catering and events like the Big E. But when we set foot inside Danny’s, which has a small front room and a big back room whose walls are festooned with Texas kitsch, any doubts we might have entertained dissipate as the incredible smoky aroma of great barbecue is carried to our nostrils. We’re as stoked as the gas-fired, hickory-log-burning smoker that produces all that flavor.

Brought to you by owner Danny Bell, who lived in Houston for nine years, Danny’s barbecue is so good that the restaurant should have constant lines out the door, up until the day that he and his chuck wagon decide to clip clop, clip clop off into the sunset. But the reality is, times continue to be tough in the food industry, and many restaurateurs find themselves looking for secondary income streams. In addition to its extensive regular menu, Danny’s is featuring a two-page “new menu shootout” with the most popular items apt to be retained. Normally, I wouldn’t consider such experimentation a good sign. Let a great barbecue place stick to barbecue. But the tomato soup ($3.99) we try is vibrant and fullflavored, the crab cakes ($7.99) a little mushy but beautifully crabby, and a Texas mushroom burger which we have made with buffalo meat ($7.99) a juicy, flavorful revelation that could hold its own with Connecticut’s top burgers.

Owner Daniel Bell

Nevertheless, the barbecue menu is the reason we’ve made the trip to Danny’s. Accompanying our food with Hosmer Mountain sodas ($2.25) and Long Trail Pale Ale ($3.95) and Harpoon IPA ($3.95), we begin with terrific house-made potato chips and addictive corn bread ($2.49). The barbecue meals come with a dinner roll and French fries or coleslaw, all well and good, but sides of the sort you might really crave, like our pork and beans and mac and cheese, are a little extra ($2.49). But the barbecued meats rule, and given Danny’s is Texas-style, beef rules above all. The real flavor comes not from sauce but from dry rubs (“If the rub tastes good on your fingers, it will taste good on the meat,” Bell says) and from cooking the meat low and slow with plenty of smoke. It’s not about the quality of the meat either, as barbecue has always been about making use of unwanted cuts. “I could make your shoe taste good,” he boasts.

Barbecue dinners range from $11.99 to $18.99, with servings of additional meats an added $4.95 each.

Danny’s baby back ribs and pork ribs are smoky and tasty. Pulled pork is moist and delicious. Cajun sausage is a spicy delight. Although obviously a different preparation, a quarter chicken packs as much flavor as its Peruvian counterpart. But the revelations are the meaty beef ribs (good gracious, they’re wonderful) and the amazingly moist, fatty and flavorful beef brisket (simply the best we’ve ever encountered).

The dessert menu could use a little beefing up. Deep-fried Twinkies ($4.99), Oreos ($4.99) and a deep-fried apple ($4.99) that might be better without its skin are tolerable, but barbecue would seem a perfect platform for Southern standards like chess pie, sweet potato pie and red velvet cake. It could be time for a “new dessert menu shootout.”

Nevertheless, this little barbecue joint is doing Greater Hartford a tremendous service. Danny’s Little Taste of Texas delivers BIG flavor.

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