Taste-Testing Lockhart's New Bacon Soda

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Lockhart Smokehouse
Tuesday was just another day for Lockhart Smokehouse's manager Trish Fong. Then two dudes walked in wearing Meat Mania t-shirts and holding bottles of bacon-flavored soda. Fong twisted the red cap from the bottle to a vaporous burst. She liked it.

Minutes later, owner Jeff Bergus took a sip and bought a single case of the soda. When pit-master Will Fleischman took a pull and squealed like a pig, they upped the order to two. The next day, when Nick and I saw Lockhart Smokehouse's tweet announcing the arrival of the bacon flavored soda, we shamelessly took the bait.

Back at the Observer, what was initially intended to be a tasting party of two (we chilled the beverage to 37 degrees and paired it with jalepeno potato chips) quickly turned into a whole office affair as we passed around two bottles of the fizzy, red liquid.

"It's kinda good," said one staff writer, but her tone was inquisitive. "I don't know if I'd order it, though."

"It tastes like liquid Bac~Os!"

"Did you say baking soda?"

The office vegetarian, who noted there were no animal products listed in the ingredients, took a sip and made a liquified mumbling sound as she ran away. I haven't seen her the rest of the day.

Our Arts Editor regurgitated the soda four to five seconds after taking a sip. Then our Music Editor began brainstorming spirits that would mix well with the soda. Bourbon and sour cream-flavored vodka were our top two choices.

The soda really does taste like liquid, synthetic bacon, the same flavor you get from the amber sprinkles at the end of the salad bar, and it has a sweet taste and a creamy mouthfeel. But regardless of my absurd attempts to attach flavor notes to the gimmicky beverage, it's impossible to deny the best part of the Meat Maniac experience: bacon burps.

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Lockhart Smokehouse

400 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

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ts
ts

I love bacon, I've eaten a lot of bacon, but the whole bacon thing has completely jumped the shark at this point.

Clancey
Clancey

 http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/campin...

Make your own.   Ala the Coneheads,   I've been giving cans of bacon as gifts for years now.  40-50 strips per can,  fried, drained,  ready to microwave.  Much easier than giving three fried eggs and a six pack of beer.

Rebecca Morgan
Rebecca Morgan

Well as a member of the locally owned family business, Meat Maniac, I'm excited about this, and take offense to the idea that it should be compared to pink slime or that it plays a part in dragging the fine town of Lockhart, TX through the mud. It's made with pure cane sugar, and a lot of love.  It may not be for everyone, true, but it's fun, different, and not meant to solve world problems, just make you smile.

Sunchickie27
Sunchickie27

Just smile at the fact that there are LOTS of people who LOVE Bacon soda & LOVE Lockhart Smokehouse. People will always be bitter & have nasty things to say but just keep walking with your head held high & proud of wherever you choose to employ yourself and be happy :)

therrick
therrick

So we get at least two posts about pink slime. Now one touting this shit, which is just god-awful for ya.

hammertimez
hammertimez

god dangit, dallas! these sleaze balls owe the word "Lockhart" an apology. and then Lockhart needs to answer "apology not accepted". would ANY of the real BBQ joints within the town of Lockhart every try to pull this cheap bacon bandwagoneering trendy crap? smitty is rolling over in his grave. 

JayM
JayM

 Whoa, you are one upset man over nothing. I think you need a bacon flavored beer and more then that a vacation to somewhere quiet. I doubt anyone is rolling in there grave over a BBQ joints name. Get some perspective.

NoTimezForHammer
NoTimezForHammer

This guy should sit on a skillet... Let the people have fun!!

hammertimez
hammertimez

PLEASE! have as much fun as you want, Dallas!!! just have a LITTLE respect for the town that ANYONE who knows ANYTHING about texas bbq knows is sacred, son. they're dragging the good name of Lockhart, Tx through the mud. 

"By the way, if anyone here is in marketing or advertising...kill yourself. Thank you." -BIll Hicks

MattL1
MattL1

Why has this not been fried yet?

Steve
Steve

Great, another go-to item for the People-Who-Dress-Like-Doug-Stanhope crowd.

elgatobasso
elgatobasso

I'm a fan and have seen him live, but I'm lost as to what the Doug Stanhope look is...

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