It’s been a month and a half since I last noshed on barbecue. Last time I was in Nashville, TN, and in Rooster Cogburn fashion, it didn’t hold a patch to Texas BBQ.
I was inspired by the Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ joints some time ago, and I always enjoy the adventure, though there are times when Texas Monthly boogers up their ranking–they apparently like Cousin’s BBQ. I’ve had it and I’ve had better BBQ at Dickey’s, and they serve crap.
Let’s start with the brisket. I ordered both fatty brisket and some from the flat for my less enthusiastic family members. The fat was perfectly rendered and the meat was incredibly tender. I was immensely happy with the flavor, but it’s not as good as Lockhart in Dallas or Black’s BBQ in Lockhart. I also have to say that Bartley’s BBQ in Grapevine, TX produces superior brisket. Regardless, their brisket was noteworthy.
The sausage was also nice. We tried both the regular smoked sausage and the jalapeño/cheddar sausage. Both were enjoyable. The skin had a beautiful snap when you buy into it and the meat had a coarser grind than typical. This sausage was definitely better than average.
While the spare ribs were tender, they didn’t have a lot of flavor. Stanley’s in Tyler, TX is far superior. The beans were adequate. They didn’t taste as if they came straight from a can, but they weren’t stellar, either. Normally, I would gorge on beans, but these weren’t gorge-worthy. Again, Stanley’s beats Pecan Lodge. But if it’s beans you’re after, try Hutchins in McKinney, TX. Texas Monthly gives Pecan Lodge high marks with a 4.0/5.0. Because of the shortcomings, I think I’ll have to award a 3.4/5.0.