How Pecan Lodge Smokes its Brisket

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Pecan Lodge
Pitmaster sandwich at Pecan Lodge: sliced brisket, pulled pork, sausage, coleslaw, jalapeños and food boner.
In "Shigging," we ask pitmasters to give us some specifics about how they smoke their meats. In the spirit of barbecue secretiveness and competitiveness, they're allowed to lie once.

This week, we're asking Justin Fourton, pitmaster at Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum (maybe you've heard of it), how he smokes his brisket.

What are the names of your smokers?
Lurlene, Virgil and Big Rick

What kind of smokers are they?
Custom offset pits

How old are they?
Between 1-4 years

What kind of capacity do they have?
135 briskets total, about 40-45 each

At what temp do you cook your briskets?

For how long do you cook them?
About 18 hours

Do you have a complicated rub, or do you keep it simple?
Complicated compared to those who just use salt and pepper, but there are only about five ingredients

What's in your rub?
Salt, pepper and a blend of other spices

Do you inject? Do you spritz?
You're still talking about the briskets, right? Neither.

Do you jack with the brisket while it's cooking (move it around inside the smoker, or flip it or make out with it)?
There's a moderate amount of jacking as needed.

For how long do you let your brisket rest?
Until they are ready to serve.

Brown paper or foil wrap?
Foil after they are done.

What kind of wood do you use when smoking your briskets?
Crepe Myrtle

What's your personal preference, lean or fatty?
The middle part of the brisket where the fatty end overlaps the lean.

Do you own any items of clothing that don't smell like smoke?

If you could bottle the smell of smoked meats, what would you name this lovely perfume?
Noche de Smoke

How many times a day do people ask, "What's that smell?" when you're around?

It's usually, "My friend told me I needed to come smell you." About two.

What kind of smoker do you have at home?
None, just a grill and a fire pit.

If you were just smoking meats on the weekend at home for friends, where would you buy the goods?
Costco or Rudolph's

Many thanks to Pecan Lodge for putting up with our shigging this week. If taking a chain saw to the Crepe Myrtle in your front yard and babying a Costco brisket for 18 hours just so you can attempt to copy some of the best barbecue in the state doesn't sound appealing to you, get thee to Pecan Lodge. While you're there, drink some Four Corners Boss Lady Rustic Red. Your mouth likes it.

And always remember: If you're smoking meats this weekend, you're doing it right.

Location Info

Pecan Lodge

2702 Main St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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I thought they moved out of the Farmers Market? DO can't get an address and map correct if they tried.


We've visited Franklin's in Austin, and know our way around a brisket. We tried PL and waited more than an hour in line for fatty, almost inedible brisket. We went back to the window and showed it to them. They gave us some additional meat, supposedly lean, but It wasn't much better. Was it an off day, or does the emperor have no clothes?


Please tell me Crepe Myrtle was the lie.


IC they are still slopping their "prized" smoked meat in sauce ?


@Really I've said it before and I'll say it again. PL's brisket can't hold a candle to The Slow Bone's brisket.

But, their beef rib is the best in Dallas!

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@CitizenKane pretty sure you have to ask for sauce.  I didnt have any when I was there


We will try Slow Bone. Thanks!


@ScottsMerkin @CitizenKane

Hope you are right; but when I went last, all our sandwiches came wet....when I sent the order back, the manager acted like I made the mistake of not requesting them dry.

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