Pecan Lodge is Moving to a New Space, But The Smokers Are Staying The Same

Categories: Barbecue

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Robert Strickland

After being praised for their barbecue prowess by what seems like every publication in Texas, Pecan Lodge owners Justin and Diane Fourton decided that it was time to stretch their legs and start serving their loyal fans in a bigger space. On May 12, the Fourtons served up the last plates of Pecan Lodge brisket and pork ribs that would ever be eaten at the Dallas Farmer's Market.

Most of Texas' landmark barbecue location utilize massive closed or open-air barbecue pits to smoke their wares. At The Salt Lick in Driftwood or Smitty's in Lockhart, the smokers probably take up more square footage than my entire apartment. At Pecan Lodge, though, the legendary brisket is smoked on a barbecue pit that looks much like what you'd have in your backyard, multiplied by three.

In the original Farmer's Market location, Fourton used only one barbecue pit to crank out all of the restaurant's meats. Lurlene, the barbecue pit that helped transform Pecan Lodge from a side-job catering business into a nationally-renowned meat Mecca, will be joined by two currently unnamed twin sisters who look just like her. Pecan Lodge is moving to a new space, but the smokers will be staying the exact same.

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Robert Strickland

And for good reason. In barbecue as in life, if it isn't broke, don't fix it. A commitment to the quality and consistency of Pecan Lodge's barbecue helped Fourton decide to keep the cooking process of his legendary barbecue the same as it was in the original space at the Dallas Farmer's Market. "We wanted to stick with the pits that we knew as to not sacrifice the quality of our product," said Fourton. "We knew how to cook on these pits, and didn't want to change the model because we wanted the product to taste the same."

There wasn't a lot of complicated math involved in helping Fourton determine how many pits would be needed for the new location, either. "We settled on three pits for the new restaurant because that's what we had," he said. "We'd had them for a while, and just never had the room to use them before."

An oilfield welder in San Angelo has made all of Pecan Lodge's pits, which look a lot like your average backyard smoker times three. A new barbecue pit is currently under construction, and there's plenty of room at the Deep Ellum location to accommodate future growth. Maybe the addition of these new smokers will mean that Fourton can crank out the product out more quickly and finally eliminate those pesky wrap-around-the-building lines that so often stood between hungry people and Pecan Lodge's delicious barbecue when the new restaurant opens on May 23.

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Robert Strickland

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Robert Strickland


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19 comments
cajunscouse9
cajunscouse9

Brisket prices cost the restaurant more, so price is added on to the consumer. Their brisket lives up to the hype. I'll buy it and the ribs.

NewsDog
NewsDog

I don't think I've ever seen brisket cost more than ribs.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Great move; more accessible in The Deep. You know, The Deep.

tdkisok
tdkisok

$20 a pound for brisket? Fuck that, I'll smoke my own. 

J_A_
J_A_

I read that as The Derp

closingtime12
closingtime12

@kergo1spaceship @tdkisok  Guess you need to research beef prices.... we have fewer beef cattle in the US right now than we have in 60 years.  It will come back down someday.  For now, just order 1/4 pound and get something else yummy. 

Add a staff to work 24 hrs smoking and prepping... costs are high.

thesmokingho
thesmokingho

@kergo1spaceship @closingtime12 @tdkisok It all depends on the cut of brisket. Prime brisket is selling about 3.69 at Costco. Choice is a little above 3. I believe Justin uses CAB brisket which is more. When you smoke a brisket, there is 50% shrinkage.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@closingtime12 @kergo1spaceship @tdkisok  


Nah, I'll guess just go to Coopers, or I will stick a brisket on the fire......smoked a ham in the woods this weekend; you could smell that shite clear into Durant! Yah! BTW, if you do the research on line like, like we did, you'll find that "wholesale" brisket prices range from $1.77 to 2.12 a pound.  But hey, thanks for commenting!  It's actually chicken and pork that have gone up exponentially.......pork ribs are up a bit; beef ribs are sky high. 

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