It’s way too often I hear about a BBQ place getting a lot of attention and accolades and then I go and eat there and all the hype has ruined it and it just doesn’t stand up.
Pecan Lodge in Dallas certainly lived up to the hype. I’ve read and heard all the stories about when they were located at the Dallas Farmers Market and the long lines. Well, luckily they’ve moved into a new location in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas and from what I’ve heard the quality hasn’t suffered a bit. The good part about moving was they don’t run out of meat at lunch.
I was actually traveling out of state, headed to North Carolina (yes I was driving), but more on that later. It was around lunch time and instead of fast food drive through I figured I’d make a small Q detour, going about 20 minutes out of my way for some smoked goodness… at least that’s what I was hoping for.
The move from the farmer’s market was good for me since I got there a little after 2pm, which from what I’d read would have meant they’d be out of meat at the previous location. Which was also good since the “line” I had to wait in consisted of three people.
I decided on getting the “holy trinity” brisket, ribs and sausage. I did go a little off-book with my side though, normally I’d get beans, but after seeing the mac n cheese someone had when I walked in I went for that. A great choice by the way!
The meat, which is the real reason I was there was fantastic! After picking up my order from the window, I could hardly wait the 20-30 steps to my table. Needless to say it passed the “eye test” with flying colors! The brisket had a nice thick pink smoke ring inside of a good crust of bark, along with a perfect sized layer of “flavor” or fat as some like to call it. The rib looked just as good with a nice thin glaze on it.
The brisket just fell apart in my hands, and the rib did just about the same thing falling right off the bone with little effort. The sausage, I got jalapeno and cheese, had a great snap and added good flavor from the jalapeno and cheese, but not overpowering the meat in the least.
All of it tasted just as great as it looked. The brisket had a great flavor coming from the smoke and the fat, same with the ribs. The sausage, as I said before, had great snap from the casing and jalapeno, cheese and spices didn’t overpower the meat and smoke flavor. The mac n cheese was the added bonus! It was topped with crumbled bacon and was delicious and creamy, I didn’t regret for a second not getting beans.
All in all, it was totally worth going out of my way, heck, it would almost be worth making a special trip from Abilene, and I don’t know of many places I’d drive three hours for just for lunch or dinner. I was really happy to see that something had finally lived up to its hype!