Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Houston BBQ Fest tickets on sale tomorrow

Sunday, April 26.  20 joints, mostly from the Houston area.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Pecan Lodge, Dallas 2/7/15

Sampled 2/7/15
Had some friends in town this weekend and they wanted to "meat up" for some BBQ at Pecan Lodge.  Like I needed an excuse.  The weather was beautiful for February so I suggested we go around 1 pm and use the express line to grab a "Pecan Lodge trough" and some brisket to go.  Good thing we went express as the line was down the sidewalk to the corner and stayed there, off and and on, through our meal.

I cued at the express lane with no waiting and my name was quickly blared over speakers to come and grab our food.  There it is above and it was every bit as delicious as it looked.  The brisket was smokey, tender, and juicy, with silky smooth fat that melted into pure flavor.  The ribs were every bit as moist and flavorful with tenderness that left a nice bite mark without pulling the meat off the bone.  I continue to believe Pecan Lodge does beef ribs better than anyone else and the portion today did not change my opinion at all.  They had more silky smooth fat which was packed with smoke flavor. The sausage was awesome with a perfect casing snap and nice spicy insides which were moist but without a drip of grease.  The pulled pork was just that.  I have yet to find anyone who makes pulled pork that makes me want to rave, but with the 4 other meats here I feel I've probably raved enough anyway.  :)
I grabbed a couple of extra pounds of fatty brisket to go and got two nice end pieces in the bargain. Into the freezer they went for happy times ahead.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Red Dirt to name this year's joints on Monday

This was our favorite fest last year and I'm looking forward to seeing who they have lined up this year.  The fest is May 2.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

World's biggest smoker on eBay for $350k

2000 Liddell Trailer
24 Door BBQ Pit
76 Feet Long
Fire Box that has a tube that controls the heat
Walk In Cooler
Beer Taps
Place for TV and Stereo Equipment 
40 K generator diesel 


High brisket prices make the news

Saw this story on our local ABC affiliate and thought it was worth a share.  Justin Fourton of Pecan Lodge is interviewed.

Friday, December 12, 2014

BBQ guitars!

I saw one of these on The Snob's weekly BBQ post from Texas Monthly, a Black's BBQ guitar.  Well it turns out you can even design your very own Texas BBQ guitar from Moniker Guitars in Austin.  They have a kickstarter campaign to build publicity for their shop and are offering custom goodies for contributors.  Here's the link:

I hear their guitars don't need sauce.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Meat Fight 2014!

Sampled 11/16/14
This was the second year Scott was lucky to grab us VIP tickets to Meat Fight in Dallas. This is a charity event to raise funds to fight MS and sells out very quickly.  The concept is they get celebrity chefs from various restaurants in town to form four teams to cook brisket, sausage and other meats.  Then celebrity judges pick the winner.  Some of the best pit masters in the State of Texas (meaning The World) were on hand to do the judging this year, including these three captured by Scott.
Last year temperatures were near a hundred degrees but this year they were in the low 40s.  The event was held indoors in a big green barn of a building but they had heaters near every entrance and temperatures were not too bad inside, especially once the masses came in.  We cued up for our goodie bags and wrist bands at 1:30 and stood around in the cattle pen until the gates were opened at 2 o'clock.  
It took awhile for the meat to arrive but there was plenty of delicious beer from Four Corners Brewery and desserts from several venders to start off with.  I started off with some Boss Lady beer and the delicious maple bacon donut from Hypnotic donuts.  Mmm Tasty.
Next up was some Bourbon Banana Pudding from the Swiss Pastry shop.  They had other goodies to try, too, but now I was ready for some meat.  Fortunately the meat started arriving.
The lines were short and moved quickly, which was a good thing as we only had about 30 minutes before the general admission folks came in.  My first stop was the "Qu Tang Clan".  Everything was tasty but not much smoke flavor to be had.

My second stop was the "Meat the Cleavers" team.  Brisket and sausage were on offer here but again were devoid of smoke.  The sausage had a nice spicy kick and Scott thought it was heavy in cilantro.  I liked it, Scott not so much.
My third stop was "The Notorious P.I.G." team.  The brisket was bursting with smoke flavor and perfectly tender and moist.  The sausage was just a bit mushy but the surprise inside were nice chunks of smoky brisket.  Outstanding!  The pulled pork and chopped brisket were ok, but needed sauce.
The last meat stop was the "Fearsome Fourcemeat".  Again nice tender brisket and tasty sausage but without the smoke flavor I am always searching for. 
Overall I enjoyed all of the meats and had a very good meal, but the brisket and sausage of "The Notorious P.I.G." team stood way out from the pack to my taste buds.  We didn't stay to see who won the contest.  My feeling is we were the real winners because we had some very good que for a good cause.

We spent another hour wandering around, taking photos and drinking more of Four Corners' wonderful brew.  After a couple of cups of Boss Lady I found they had a few cans of their excellent porter and switched over to that.  I did get a funny caricature done and was on hand as The Snob and Chef Luscher unveiled the longest sausage in Texas.
A very fun event and hopefully a big fundraiser for a most worthy cause.  Kudos to all the chefs who stayed out in the cold Saturday night smoking a mighty feast for all the attendees.
UPDATE:  Meat Fight reports they raised over $100,000 to help fight MS.  Not bad for a bunch of carnivores.

More photos in another post below. As always you can click on any photo for a larger view.