Thursday, May 16, 2013
Dallas-based Pecan Lodge is Texas Monthly’s second-best barbecue joint, sort of
Pecan Lodge shares the title with Louie Mueller and Snow's.
DALLAS Texas Monthly's new Barbecue Editor Daniel Vaughn took to Twitter Thursday to unveil the magazine's top four barbecue joints in Texas, and Dallas' Pecan Lodge received second place in a three-way tie. (Yes, it's a little confusing.)
Full disclosure: Pecan Lodge catered an event the night before my wedding in April 2013. In our family, Pecan Lodge is far and away Dallas' best. Now it's official.
The top 50 barbecue spots were unveiled on Wednesday, and seven Dallas-Fort Worth joints made Vaughn's more inclusive list. When the top winners were announced Thursday, it came as no surprise that Austin's Franklin BBQ came in at No. 1, even though it's only a few years old. Franklin's team is serving up 'cue that people wait hours for, and some never even make it in the door before Aaron Franklin's beloved brisket is all gobbled up.
The remaining three barbecue joints in Texas Monthly's list are "all" second place, in a tie. Here's all four:
- 1. Franklin (Austin, Texas)
- 2.1 Louie Mueller (Taylor, Texas)
- 2.2 Pecan Lodge (Dallas)
- 2.3 Snow's (Lexington, Texas)
Pecan Lodge has been open in the Dallas Farmers Market since spring 2010. It was featured on Diners Drive-ins & Dives in 2012, which has resulted in hours-long lines on weekends. It isn't easy to get a slice of brisket from Pecan Lodge, or to test out their delicious Hot Mess -- a sweet potato stuffed with barbacoa, chipotle cream, cheese, butter, and green onions -- but we'll call it an item to add to your Big D bucket list.
Dallas is not yet known for barbecue in a broad sense, when compared to competitors in Central Texas like Kreuz Market, which has been smoking meat for a century. But TM Barbecue Editor Vaughn, a Dallasite, thinks Dallas has an opportunity to become more well-known for 'cue.
"[Austin] is a better barbecue town, but I see the same possibility for Dallas," Vaughn said in an interview in March 2013 when he got the TM gig. Vaughn doesn't plan on relocating to Austin, where Texas Monthly is based. Should be interesting to see if Dallas gets more attention on the barbecue front.
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