An Englishman Gets to Know Peggy Sue

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Gavin Cleaver
Peggy Sue BBQ is the easiest barbecue restaurant to chant the name of. That is an undeniable fact. Go ahead and try it. I'll wait here.

Catchy, isn't it? With an immediate marketing advantage like that, it's a wonder this place is so deserted of a chilly Monday evening. I also see from the frankly paltry research I always conduct (I have to stay stupid somehow, Dallas) that this place has been quite heavily decorated in the past, with awards and what not. Well then, it must be time to investigate how PEGGY SUE! BARBECUE! is doing these days.

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Denim wall coverings are all the rage in the more fashionable parts of the Park Cities.
First off, what on earth is this place doing in University Park, next to boutiques, furious SUV drivers and the stench of old money emanating from SMU? It has denim on the wall for goodness' sakes. Denim. I'm not sure that's even a design choice; they probably needed a quick fix for the collapsing wall. It's more out of place than a liberal Englishman in Texas during election season. They could probably get a blog out of it.

So, yes, PEGGY SUE! BARBECUE! is older than old school. It is from a time before schooling (which, if you're in DISD, is the present day). It is dark, the booths are small, the walls are covered in black and white pictures, music from the '50s and '60s is forever on the stereo, and they serve root beer in glass bottles. If the restaurant was a person (and I'm not suggesting it is, even though corporations are apparently people now) it would probably regard the civil rights movement as so much newfangled bunkum. It also serves really quite delicious meat.

Getting a three-meat plate of brisket, pulled pork and sausage, and a rib plate of baby-back and normal between the three of us, we easily had enough food; even without the four generously sized sides (I recommend the cheesy squash casserole as something a little different from the endless parade of mac and cheese.) There was even a small jug of warm, tasty barbecue sauce. It was quite delightful. The pick was the baby-back ribs, though, by far. They had a lovely sauce, were frightfully tender and all-round awesome. The pulled pork was also notably smooth, and when frantically mashed into the barbecue sauce (I suggest getting a 12-year-old high on root beer to perform this task for you) formed some sort of delicious lumpy meat gravy sauce, the invention of which I am claiming right here and now. (I am aware people might have done this before, and I don't care, that's over now. I am the Bill Gates of delicious lumpy meat gravy sauce, but I do need a partner who is good at naming things to come on board.)

I want to finish up here by posing a question. Do places choose to specialize in ribs or brisket, or is this just an accident? In my hilariously short experience, a place either has good ribs or good brisket (Pecan Lodge being a notable exception.) PEGGY SUE! BARBECUE! had great ribs. The brisket was kind of dry. If a place does a good rib, the brisket will be kind of an afterthought. Lockhart and Salt Lick had great brisket, wasn't so fussed on the ribs. Is this something about the process? Can someone tell me about this without me actually learning something? Daniel Vaughn (namedropping now, that's what this blog has come to) told me that if I started learning about barbecue I wouldn't be funny anymore. The joke's on him because I was never funny to start with, but if someone could find a way to impart knowledge on me, sate my curiosity and have me not actually learn anything, I would be much obliged. Much obliged. (Editor's note: Gavin's too old to start attending DISD. Besides, if he used the phrase "frightfully tender" there, those kids would kick his ass.)

Location Info

Peggy Sue BBQ

6600 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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14 comments
kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Dear Cleavage,

   PS is good stuff. BTW, "I like Dallas Fort Worth!". 

Boots
Boots

Just fyi, Texas had a Democratic guv'nor for the majority of 70+ years until very recently. In addition; Dallas, Austin, SA, Houston all voted for Obama in the last election. Don't let the crazies or the media fool you.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

I want to read a snarky Gavin Unfair park post about local politics.  Methinks it'd be a hit.  Or id take a weekly Premier League post from him

TophamBeauclerk
TophamBeauclerk

PSBBQ is underrated among BBQ cognoscenti, but I think I know why. BBQ snobs judge places based on sliced brisket, and, as Gavin notes, PSBBQ's sliced brisket is not its strong suit. But those baby-back ribs! They are delicious. And, even though snobs turn up their noses at chopped brisket, I think Peggy Sue's chopped brisket sandwich is very, very, very tasty. And tasty food -- not conformity to some arbitrary standard of BBQ political correctness (by which I mean judging solely based on sliced brisket) -- I what I look for in a restaurant. PEGGY SUE! BBQ!

dallas_paul
dallas_paul

 @Boots "All voted for" is a bit of a mischaracterization. Obama won those cities (Austin excluded) by very slim margins.

GavinCleaver
GavinCleaver

 @Boots Oh I know. I've noticed the difference between cities and small-town Texas (it's much the same in the UK, the Conservative party has an unbreakable hold on the countryside but is hopeless in cities). It was just a snarky aside for comic effect. I do always seem to end up talking to the crazy Republicans though. I'm not sure what it is about me that attracts them.

GavinCleaver
GavinCleaver

 @ScottsMerkin What I'm saying is, yes, I would very much like to write about Politics. But also, meat is good.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @GavinCleaver I certainly dont want you to stop writing about meat.  Ive enjoyed this line of blog writing you've begun, I dont want it to run its course too soon.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

 @GavinCleaver  @ScottsMerkin Good read, I concur with most of your points. Would that our political climate could accommodate such even-handedness, but it seems that most governments seem to becoming more polarized rather than less. How's it working out for you there?

 

I think your last point regarding voting is salient. Our voting system here also seems destined to entrench politicians instead of providing a dynamic and changing government that accurately represents a dynamic and changing electorate. In my opinion the rise of the career politician over the last 40 years is rapidly becoming the undoing of our government in the U.S. that is supposedly "of, by and for the people".

 

Our legislature has become a treadmill for lawmakers with lobbyists standing just out of reach with buckets of cash keeping them running. For most of these folks, it's just a game of "Justify your existence" and they have no incentive to change. The redistricting and gerrymandering that occur in order to protect political power and marginalize certain segments of the population is insidious and would be an affront to the architects of our government.

 

I enjoyed it. Not nearly as funny as your BBQ stuff, though. 

dallas_paul
dallas_paul

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Harris Co, Obama 50.45%, McCain 48.82%. Bexar Co, 52.4%, McCain 48.8%, both larger than Dallas Co. Tarrant Co actually went for McCain. I can look up stats, too. ;)

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