Pork Ribs at Sammy’s
by Andrew Chalk
Marshall Prichard stokes the firebox of one of the three smokers he fuels to barbecue the brisket and pork ribs he serves at his Sammy’s Texas Barbecue in Uptown. The brisket smokes for 10-12 hours at around 225⁰F on mesquite.
It is the day of the Texas OU game and he is expecting a crowd in to watch the game on the screens set up around the walls. I attend as part of a media event. As well as the main indoor area, Sammy’s has two patios. A covered one adjoins the restaurant and has a door to the large back parking lot. On the other side of the restaurant a patio offers a grass covered surface and is a favorite with dog owners (Prichard is a big dog lover himself). That patio also has an outdoor smoker which is brought into use at special events. Believe it or not, Sammy’s does over 100 wedding rehearsal dinners a year, reflecting the desire of local families to offer something decidedly Texan to their out-of-state guests. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
It was a busy weekend for those hunting down some great bites and drinks. The first run of the Smoked Dallas Festival was no exception. There were plenty of the heavy hitters of BBQ weighing in with samples of rib, brisket, pulled pork and so much more. The long list included Lockhart Smokehouse (Dallas) and their cousins, Schmidt’s Family (Bee Cave), Black’s (Lockhart), Cousin’s Bar-B-Q (Fort Worth) Louie Mueller’s (Everman), and more.
In addition to the traditional BBQ haunts you would have found a few traditional restaurants including Kent Rathbun from Dallas and the underground sensation Frank who were both offering some tasty treats. Also on hand were the folks from Cafe Momentum, who were also the beneficiary of some of the day’s take from ticket sales. Continue reading
If you like smoked meats and smokin’ tunes, get ready for Smoked Dallas. This is the first of what is promised to be an annual event for Dallas which will feature “deliciously curated music and BBQ festival” and will take place on October 4, 2014 at Main St. Gardens in downtown Dallas, TX.
“More than meats the eye,” Smoked Dallas is “a unique barbeque and music festival,” says event coordinator Tami Thomsen. “It’s meant to take the best of traditional BBQ fests but add a twist, the inclusion of celebrated area chefs and restaurants doing their take on BBQ in the heart of downtown Dallas.”
Smoked’s edible offerings will be prepared by 15 traditional pitmasters and celebrated chefs doing their take on barbeque. Among the participating BBQ joints are Lockhart’s Smokehouse (Dallas,TX,) Black’s Barbecue (Lockhart, TX), Cousin’s Bar-B-Q (Fort Worth, TX), Hutchins BBQ (McKinney, TX), Schmidt Family Barbecue (Bee Cave, TX), and Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q (Tyler, TX). If that list reads like a who’s who among Texas barbeque joints, it’s because it is – the above mentioned pitmasters are all ranked barbecue champions. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Robert Bostick
The day finally arrived, and this past Friday the many fans who had previously waited for hours to sample BBQ vittles from Pecan Lodge hastily plowed through the long line that curved outside the new building in Deep Ellum. With nearly 5,000 square feet, the new Pecan Lodge was able to accommodate the hungry hoard with ease, with wait time just mere minutes due to several stations that sliced and diced the smokey meats. Continue reading
The day has come we’ve all been waiting for! – The day we wake up late, skip lunch and head over to Deep Ellum Brewing Co. to celebrate one of Texas’ biggest holidays of the year, Memorial Day Weekend.
The Skinny ~ 4th Annual Deep Ellum Brewing Company BREW-B-Q on Sunday May 25th from 5PM to 10PM with your favorite seasonal and limited release beers from the last 3 years with Whole Foods BBQ. We have local musicians, SUGARFOOTE & CO., THE O’S and featuring SHANE SMITH AND THE SAINTS in the Beer Garden on stage. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
For those sitting in wait for Pecan Lodge 2.0 to open in Deep Ellum, set your clocks for 7pm May 23rd. This is when the public will be able to sample the amazing brisket, sausages, ribs (both pork and beef) along with all the other fantastic things that has made the BBQ joint so legendary. The new digs are spectacular, and befit the vision that owners Diane and Justin Fourton have been furiously developing for the past year.
With news of the opening, and a preview for friends and media, there were some terrific announcements made last night. The first is that Pecan Lodge will now be selling growlers of beer. And to top off the brew news Four Corners Brewing Company came up with a new beer in their line up called The Boss Lady, which is named after Diane Fourton. The new beer, called Rustic Red, is actually a spin off of the brewing company’s American amber, Red Roja, that has been dry hopped for a special piquant flavoring backed with notes of stone fruit and citrus. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Bryan Coonrod
The owners of Pecan Lodge, Justin and Diane Fourton, have been blessed. In 2010 they decided to leave their corporate jobs to take on their first restaurant and took up digs in Shed #2 at the Dallas Farmers Market. The plan was to recreate the same solid BBQ that Justin grew up on in Abilene, and mix in some terrific sides and fried chicken straight from Diane’s family table. It was slow going at first even though Justin was blazing a trail and highhandedly resurrected the Dallas BBQ scene. The love and expertise in which Justin throws down his succulent brisket, meaty ribs, and heavily sought after burnt ends is legend unto itself.
It probably didn’t seem like an over night success for the Fourton’s. In the beginning the foot traffic was not the same as it is today at the downtown farmers market. That all came after a few key television appearances, specifically on the Food Network’s Guy Fieri circus, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Although Fieri is abrasive, his audience is loyal and soon queued up around the building for a taste of what the Fourton’s knew to be the best BBQ around. And it is. Continue reading