It's no pleasure to write about mediocre dining experiences, so I'll keep this short (with much more detail and photos at the link below).
Hickory House, near the Mixmaster on South Industrial, had dry, flavorless brisket, hot links that tasted like cayenne-dusted hotdogs, but slightly above average ribs. Despite very cool atmosphere, I don't expect I'll go back.
Mike Anderson's Barbecue House, on Harry Hines directly across from UT Southwestern, had bland, rubbery brisket, mediocre ribs, but two very good sausages. Their regular links were Rudolph's. But their hot links (which weren't very spicy), from an unidentified supplier, were equally tasty. If not for the sausage (which wasn't very smoky, by the way), I'd take a meal at the Parkland cafeteria over this.
Lakeway Smokehouse is a shack sitting in the corner of a gas station parking lot a stone's throw south of the intersection of Parker Rd. and FM 1378 in Wylie. The brisket had decent flavor, but little moisture, and the ribs were at the high end of average for Dallas. However, the sausage (pictured below) was particularly interesting, as it had chorizo-influenced seasoning. One of the more unique and tasty sausages I've found in this series of reports. They said they get it from a supplier in Garland, but couldn't be more specific. (Any ideas where they might be getting it?)
For all the details and photos (plus a brief report on Fuel City, which is about a block away from Hickory House), see the attached link.