Pecan Lodge and Lockhart Smokehouse Both Appear on Texas Monthly's Barbecue List

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The brisket is out of the butcher paper. Texas Monthly posted their latest top 50 barbecue restaurants list and both Pecan Lodge and Lockhart Smokehouse made this year's cut. A look at previous years show just how far Dallas has come in the world of barbecued brisket.

A long, long way ...

Sonny Bryan's and Baker's Ribs were mentioned in the 2003 list. I didn't live in Dallas then, but I've eaten at both restaurants since I got here. Their inclusions sounds more like a consolation prize than a real award. Actually, they feel more like an error or the mark of a bad list. Maybe things have changed and these restaurants used to turn out amazing brisket, or maybe the rest of Texas sucked back then too. Nowadays they don't come across as top 50 anything.

In 2008 Sonny Bryan's got dumped, leaving only Baker's to contend with the likes of Snow's, Kreuz Market and Smitty's -- true legends of Texas barbecue. It wasn't even a fight.

See also:
- An Englishman Reviews the BBQ of Lockhart Smokehouse
- Pecan Lodge: The Best Thing in the History of Time Brings Harmony Back to a Marriage

This year things look different. Pecan Lodge and Lockhart Smokehouse aren't two restaurants receiving participants' ribbons, they're real contenders. Pecan Lodge was named one of the five best in all of Texas by Daniel Vaughn in his just-released book The Prophets of Smoked Meat. The brisket is so good it's saving marriages. Lockhart, meanwhile, has gained a reputation for reliable wood-smoked brisket and great sides.

Texas Monthly's list isn't ranked yet, so we don't know how Dallas fares against the competition, but given Vaughn's open affection for Pecan Lodge and his recent appointment as barbecue editor of the glossy magazine, I've got some warm and fuzzy feelings.

It would seem Dallas stands a good chance at being firmly on the barbecue map. And this time we deserve it.

Location Info

Lockhart Smokehouse

400 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pecan Lodge

1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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32 comments
todd
todd

i am happy for ls & pl but no smitty's = bogus list. 

nathan_mclain
nathan_mclain

They just posted an update and Pecan Lodge made the Top 4.

"UPDATE: If you follow @TMBBQ's Twitter account (and if you're reading this, you should), then you'll know that the best joint in the state is Franklin Barbecue. Rounding out the rest of the Top 4, in alphabetical order: Louie Mueller Barbecue, in Taylor; Pecan Lodge, in Dallas; and Snow's BBQ, in Lexington. "

GavinCleaver
GavinCleaver

There's a place in Grapevine on the list? Why did none of you tell me about this place?

WillyWilson
WillyWilson

My recent visit to Slow Bone was disappointing at best. Jack knows how to make a burger but his brisket has a loooong way to go to compete with the likes of Pecan Lodge or Lockhart. The brisket was dry and the sides boring. The sausage was good, but not great. If we wanted the same old sides we'd go to a cafeteria. I though Jack would have more imagination than that if he wanted to compete.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

who reads TM anymore?.......I'll tell ya who! some old broad that has had SO many plastic surgeries that she resembles either a monkey from a profile view, or a face so tight she could bite a chicklet and blow yer d=ck off......just sayin'.   

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

"consolation prize", that's all Sonny Bryan's gets..........hey, it's cheap!  Great place for tourists and Park Cities +ssholes that are SHEEPLE. And more says eat yer Lima Beans (kergie barf). 

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

Love Pecan Lodge's brisket! I'll bet Jack Perkins' The Slow Bone will make the list for next year.

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

BBQsnob has a hard-on against the folks at Smitty's, he constantly runs them down like they knocked up his little sister and ran off with the carnival or somesuch. 

Don't understand it meself, I've never had a bad slice o brisket there..and have had bad at Kreutz and Blacks...

He'll dang sure flame you if you speak up for them, I know!

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@todd I was quite surprised Smitty's in Lockhart didn't make the list. IMHO, they're much better than Kruez's.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@WillyWilson you watch it Willy, Jack will crush you for this opinion and choke out your voice, no dissent sir.

BTPO
BTPO

@kergo1spaceship TM is one of the best magazines in the country, and proves it every year with its National Magazine Awards. This comment is so confusing.

cynicaloldbastard
cynicaloldbastard

@Twinwillow  

Jack needs time to develop Slow Bone.  My first visit had overly fatty brisket.  The outside had great smoke and the interior was roast beef.  The ribs were well prepared but no smoke flavor.  Given that Jack is slicing the meat and there most days I believe he will work out the kinks.

And the TM list is every five years, or so.  We'll see if Daniel changes that.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@cynicaloldbastard @Twinwillow I agree. To a point. On both of my two visits to The Slow Bone, the brisket was very good. Not Pecan Lodge good but, very good! Moist & tender but a bit too smokey the first time, but less smokey (just right) on the second visit. On both visits the brisket had a beautiful bark and the meat melted in my mouth. The ribs were, OK. Not fantastic mind you but good enough considering Jack had only been open for two weeks during my two visits.

On my first visit I had a side of green bean casserole which was smothered on top with crispy, skinny french fried onion rings. They were great but, not available on my second visit. The large cornmeal fried hushpuppies are delicious. Especially when dipped in the Carolina sauce available on the condiment stand. I didn't like the regular BBQ sauce. But then, I'm not big on BBQ sauce.

I also had the sausage on my three meat plate during my first visit and I'm sorry to say, I was not impressed. The sausage lacked flavor and "punch". But I think Jack is savvy enough to get everything running right soon enough. And after a while, I think Slow Bone could be a "contender".

Btw Kirgs, the terlits are really cool. Worth a visit just to see (both unisex) them.

And, COB, thanks for the correction regarding the frequency of the "Best BBQ In Texas" list.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@cynicaloldbastard @Twinwillow

Dear C.O.B.,

"The outside had great smoke and the interior was roast beef.  The ribs were well prepared but no smoke flavor".........THESE ARE BBQ BASICS!  That's like cooking hamburgers in the oven. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@cynicaloldbastard @Twinwillow he does need time, BUT, when he doesnt want to hear the bad how will it ever get better.  He tells people who dont like his burger to not come in then so if he has the same opinion about his bbq, it will never change, it is what it is

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@ScottsMerkin

loved the 80's Royals....let's see (throat clearing).......Amos Otis, John Mayberry, Paul Splitorf, Brett, Willie Wilson, Hal Mcrae, Frank White, Quis, Sabe's, Charlie Liebrandt; I also loved the 73 +74 A's, the 69 Orioles and ALL Red Sox teams.  

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

I'm kinda interested in that Teen Mom back door extravaganza tape, saw a little clip on the interwebs...she's kinda talented!

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Methinks he said it BBQing, not brain surgery!  He was quite sure it would not be any different from M&M.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@ScottsMerkin @cynicaloldbastard @Twinwillow Jack was a real gentleman when I was there. Polite, smiling, and very charming. I said to myself, this can't be the same JP I know.

But he did say, he won't serve any white bread! Doesn't believe in it, he said. But, he does serve good cornbread and great hushpuppies.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@primi_timpano 


BBQ is like "women's", you think you know them-then bam, yer drunk, overweight and wearing ratty clothes and living in a dumpy hotel room down off of I-30. 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Did not Perkins promise he would have barbeque mastered in a very short period of time, something like immediately, a day, or week. Whatever it was he failed.

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