Your First Look at Lockhart Smokehouse Plano, the Suburbs' Newest Barbecue Mecca

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Rachael Cleaver
The Whole Enchilada. Not pictured -- an enchilada.
The new Lockhart Smokehouse, right on Plano's main square, is up and running, and the crowds are already forming. Tuesday afternoon, your peak-time lunch wait would have been a good 40 minutes or so, which is cruel given that you can smell Plano's barbecue mecca from more than a block away.

After its attempts to subtly open last week by way of inviting locals over on Twitter to try a few things out, the Morning News burst the dam of smoked meat during the soft opening, and now the barbecue cat is out of the grease-soaked paper.

The place is open, in other (fewer) words, and it's pumping out brisket, ribs and sausage at a rate of knots, along with all the less normal favorites from the Oak Cliff location like shoulder clod, pork chops, and the brisket-stuffed deviled eggs. In a long and slim building decorated in the same Texas memorabilia old-school style as the Oak Cliff location, the new joint has twice the smoker capacity of the original. Owner Jill Bergus tells me they've now got enough space to give a whole smoker over to the brisket, giving it that love and attention it deserves.

They're not running the smokers at full capacity yet though. Plano fire restrictions mean their smoker is in an almost entirely separate building out the back, so they're slowly getting up to speed while getting their staff trained to deal with the ravenous Texas appetite for barbecue. And what an appetite it is -- while I was waiting in line on a Tuesday, members of staff were coming out to cross things off the 10-foot tall menu next to the line, to disappointed groans from patrons.

Amusingly, I'm told that they're selling out of turkey before they are brisket, which I guess is a suburbs thing. So by the time I got there, despite arriving at 12:30, 90 minutes after opening, we'd lost turkey, jalapeño sausage (I hear Mac's has a good one of those, though) and, most grievously, the ribs were all gone. Anyway, enough from me. To the pictures.

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Rachael Cleaver

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Gavin Cleaver

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Gavin Cleaver
The new smoker building out back.

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cleaver.gavin
cleaver.gavin

Like I said, Plano people do not eat bbq.  New car smell is just about gone.

cleaver.gavin
cleaver.gavin

Plano people do not eat bbq. New car smell will be gone soon as well as the line.

mbarkett
mbarkett

Wow thank you Scott for visiting Plano, now why don't you try a Plano staple and go to Jorg's Cafe Vienna across the street from Lockhart.   

NewsDog
NewsDog

A friend was there a few days ago and said the food was good but the 8 oz Shiner Bock draft that was $4.00 was pretty much a deal breaker.  

Angrywhiteguy
Angrywhiteguy

"The new Lockhart Smokehouse, right on Plano's main square,"


Typical Observer article.......Plano DOESN'T HAVE a main square or any other kind of square............its just 15th St in old downtown Plano.



MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

mmmm - Barbecued cat... Tasty.  That explains the lack of strays in the neighborhood.

informedcitizen
informedcitizen

The line "barbecue cat is out of the grease-soaked paper" is a either an accidental and/or brilliant DMN reference for someone who hasn't lived in Dallas long. J. Jovan Philyaw will be proud, wherever he is.

njdefltx
njdefltx

What are the hours of the restaurant?


evilmagma
evilmagma

It's fantastic.  The neighborhood is fine as far as I could tell.  I mean, if you were going to Bishop Arts to eat at the original, then this is nothing.

bigjondaniel
bigjondaniel

I was there Sunday. There were several people wearing T-Party 2A type t-shirts and tactical pants with baggy pockets full of something

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

And now Im craving BBQ for lunch and it only 8:15.  Thanks Gavin

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Angrywhiteguy  Hey, just be glad they are talking about Plano at all

Gabe48
Gabe48

@MaxNoDifferenceMac's Barbecue on Main St. in Dallas, is another great "joint" serving excellent barbecued cat, especially the jalapeño cat sausage, meaty cat ribs, and fresh cut fries. They are open for lunch only, Mon. - Fri., and is a small Mom and Pop run restaurant.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@MaxNoDifference  I strenuously protest the barbequeing of cats.  This practice must end immediately!

gavin.cleaver
gavin.cleaver moderator

@informedcitizen  I must confess that none of your post made any sense to me, so I'm going with accidental. Care to fill me in?

lcdk
lcdk

@njdefltx  They usually run out of meat in the middle of the day so it's helpful to follow them on Facebook because they will post when that happens.  They will have more meat at dinner, which usually means 6 pm.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

It's not bad to drive through if you need to get to Ikea.

gabe48
gabe48

@Gabe48 @MaxNoDifference  


Is there a reason why you are posting and using my name?  My name is with lower case gabe, why not post under YOUR name, quit using mine.

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