We Interviewed People in Line at Pecan Lodge to Find Out What Their Favorite Barbecue Is

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Hundreds of people lined up this past Saturday inside Shed 2 of the Dallas Farmers Market, all in hopes of sinking their teeth into some of the best barbecue in the country at Pecan Lodge. I was there, camera in hand, shooting some meaty behind-the-scenes shots for Scott Reitz's Dish review, but also took the opportunity to interview a few of the dedicated smoked-meat fans about their favorite barbecue, where they're from, and most important what they'd do if Pecan Lodge ran out of barbecue before they got to the front of the line.

Name: Earl and Chris Garland
Age: Both are 59
From: Carrollton
Amount of time spent in line: 45 minutes
Favorite barbecue: Bodacious Bar B Que in Tyler
Sauce or no sauce: Him: No sauce
Her: Sauce on the side "I'm a dipper"
What they'll do if Pecan Lodge runs out of barbecue: "Pack up our chairs and go home."

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Name: Erin Ruhl
Age: 26
From: Originally from Kentucky, but lives in Houston (left Houston at 7 o'clock that morning to get barbeque).
Amount of time spent in line: Just got in line
Favorite barbecue: Smitty's Market in Lockhart and Neely's Bar-B-Que in Memphis
Sauce or no sauce:"No sauce, but sometimes I like to dip"
What they'll do if Pecan Lodge runs out of barbecue: "I don't know, I haven't thought that far ahead. But let's keep our fingers crossed."

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Name: Paul Ekawat
Age: 31
From: Dallas
Amount of time spent in line: An hour and a half
Favorite barbecue: The original Sonny Bryan's
Sauce or no sauce: Sauce
What they'll do if Pecan Lodge runs out of barbecue: "Get the fried chicken I guess. I waited for three hours last time and they ran out, so I came back this week."

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Name (from left to right): Tonya Mitchell, Valerie Wooten, Bianca Wooten
Age: "30ish," 49, 27
From: Mesquite
Amount of time spent in line: More than an hour
Favorite barbecue: Lockhart, Sweet Georgia Brown, "I don't know... Dickey's?"
Sauce or no sauce: Sauce
What they'll do if Pecan Lodge runs out of barbecue: Get the fried chicken.


Location Info

Pecan Lodge

1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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22 comments
gabe48
gabe48

Slow Bone, across from Off Site Kitchen, has excellent barbecue, good sides.  Jack Perkins has done well.

sidewalkastro
sidewalkastro

Got to try this place out. Cooper's old time BBQ has been my favorite, but like to try a new place. I am a rib man. Glad to know it has a line when it opens. Next time in Austin will try Franklin's. 

J_A_
J_A_

Love the cute old couple. Could it be, delicious smoked meat can bring the world together?! Look at the diversity.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

Went today with a friend in town from Nashville. We got there at 10:10 to find about 35 people in line. They open at 11:00. Finally got to the order counter at about 11:20. My friend was bummed because they had just run out of beef ribs. And, we only went to PL because they had beef ribs. He loved the brisket, though. I found the "fatty" brisket actually a bit dry under the fat line. However, the pork ribs were great! I had asked for and received center cut ribs.

In retrospect, I think I prefer the brisket at The Slow Bone. But, not the ribs. They're much better at Pecan Lodge.

Btw, When we got to the order counter, the line had stretched all the way out the back door to the west entrance!

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Poor Paul E. waiting in line for 3 hours.

At least it's quicker for the line at the PL rather than the club he keeps going back to each week and can't get in.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Out of all the people in line, no one mentions PL as their favorite. HMMM.

PLenty Saying Dickies is the best is like saying McDonalds make the best burger.

Really Earl and Chris.BYOC...your fat asses couldnt stand in line to wait?

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

Pecan Lodge is great - looks like there are some real barbeque eaters in line - several pulling guards!

AliceLaussade
AliceLaussade

Well played, Dinsmore. Thanks for the donation to the National MS Society, too!

Willie
Willie

"I'm a vegetarian, but I'm going to try the barbecue."  WTF?

cynicaloldbastard
cynicaloldbastard

I sure miss the days of walking up to the counter at 11:05 and being the first customer.


Elizabeth C. Hill
Elizabeth C. Hill

Chad Burnett - Justin Fourton cannot get enough press lately. With GREAT reason, of course.

BBurnett
BBurnett

Personally, I think Jack Stack, Oklahoma Joe's and Gates are my favorites in KC. AB's is fine too, no doubt. But overall the BBQ is just so much different than Texas style, obviously. Much too saucy, much of it has no smoke. I think it's easier to have "better" KC style Que more consistently though, they're also in the city and easily accessible.

Whereas in Texas, you've got to really have a place that is spot-on, there's not a lot of room for error. And aside from PL in Dallas or Franklin in Austin, much of the better BBQ is out a ways.

Al Renteria
Al Renteria

Awesome with sauce or without. In my humble opinion Pecan Lodge is #1 and Lockhart is #2. I have yet to try Slow Bone. On my list.

kbd526
kbd526

Much better story than yesterday's dreadful Franklin's BBQ potty mouth inspired report!

bstewart1987
bstewart1987

Can anyone help me out?? I have been to PL plenty of times, but this time I was going to take my dad. Can you drink beer at the farmers market why you wait in line. I don't want to go get a sixer and just have to throw it away.

TooObvious
TooObvious

And the old joke is true...How do you know someone is a vegetarian? Don't worry, they will fucking let you know!!!

"Him: No sauce. "I'm a vegetarian, but I'm going to try the barbecue."

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

interesting that all the Kansas people chose a different joint for their favorite bbq, I love Jack Stack but Oklahoma Joes is right there.  

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Amazing.. He's never had a problem with tube steak before.

ihatecomedy
ihatecomedy

@bstewart1987The cheesemonger in the shed sells beers and I drink them while I wait in line, never had any problems.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

@TooObvious  let's hope they didn't sell out that day and the poor soul had a conversion!

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Do you remember hayward spears place right off 435 in op.?

Rockhurst boy here.

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