There hasn’t been as much going on here on the blog lately, and for that I apologize. It’s really funny how life gets in the way. But one side benefit of being busy — getting the opportunity to try some new BBQ joints! So without further delay, let’s check ’em out!
Lockhart Smokehouse — Dallas, TX
I had a work trip to Dallas the first week of May, so I knew I had to cram in some BBQ. After asking some of my BBQ buddies for recommendations, the choice was unanimous — Lockhart Smokehouse. Since my boss was also here, I dragged him along with me for what turned out to be an absolute meatapalooza!
For those who aren’t familiar with Lockhart Smokehouse, the BBQ here is aligned to the style of BBQ found in central TX (or the Hill Country). You walk up and order your larger meats (brisket, shoulder clod, etc.) by the pound and smaller meats (sausages) per link. I had brisket, shoulder clod, jalapeno sausage, and a side of blue cheese slaw while my boss got baby back ribs, sausage, and a side of the blue cheese slaw.
The brisket and shoulder clod were amazingly moist and delicious — full of beefy goodness with just the right amount of smoke. The sausages (which come from Kreuz Market in Lockhart TX) had amazing flavor and a nice kick from the peppers. What surprised me was the blue cheese slaw — the pungent flavors of the blue cheese kicked the slaw up a notch or 2… or 3… or more! Although there was a time or 2 when all I got was a big bite of blue cheese.
So to my boss… if you’re reading this, please send me back out to Dallas! You can come too, and we can both go back out to Lockhart again!
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit — Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
On the flight back to Charlotte later that week, I discovered Dickey’s Barbecue Pit right next to my gate. They were serving breakfast, but I persuaded the guy at the counter to make me a brisket sandwich instead. The caption below on the picture should say it all:
The Salt Lick — Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
So the week after my trip to Dallas for work, I was Memphis-bound for Memphis in May! I knew that I would be getting my fill of BBQ, but I didn’t anticipate the BBQ crawl starting in Texas. As my luck would have it, I had a layover in DFW again. Once I found that out, I did my homework and found that The Salt Lick had a location at the airport (but in a different terminal than my departure gate). If I timed it just right, I could try it out before catching my connecting flight to Memphis. I made it there and ordered a combo plate with sausage, brisket, and pulled pork.
I will say — it’s nothing that will wow you. But for airport BBQ, it’s not too terrible. The brisket was thinly sliced and had decent flavor. The sausages were probably my favorite thing on the platter — good flavor. The surprise was the pulled pork — while it looked dry, it possessed good flavor as well. Portions were small and prices were exorbitant, but that’s typical of anything at an airport.
Central BBQ — Memphis, TN
So I finally landed in Memphis, and I knew I had to get a jump start on the BBQ! But with so many choices in that area, it was hard to pick a few. After much thought, I decided on the first stop — Central BBQ (the Central Ave. location).
The original location is small, but it has a huge personality! There is also outdoor seating available, but the rain that day prevented anyone from using it. I heard great things about their ribs, but I decided on the pulled pork plate with slaw and beans.
As my friend Danielle would say… “Oh my good gravy!” The pork here was moist and flavorful, with just the right amount of smoke! The pork didn’t need any sauce, but the sauce definitely added to the taste. Both of the sides were delicious, but the pork was definitely the star here!!
Memphis Barbecue Co. — Horn Lake, MS
I’ve been to Memphis Barbecue Co. a couple of times previously — once in 2012 and once last year (at the Fayetteville, NC location). I was staying fairly close to there, so why not stop in for dinner? As you may know, the restaurant (run by world champion pitmasters Melissa Cookston and John Wheeler) has received many accolades for their quality food and their complete scratch kitchen. And since Memphis is supposedly known for their dry ribs, that’s what I ordered — dry ribs with potato salad and BBQ spaghetti.
Oh. My. Goodness! These ribs had awesome flavor and were cooked perfectly! The spaghetti had just the right amount of sweetness and tang. And while the style of the potato salad was not my favorite, it was nonetheless delicious.
Germantown Commissary — Germantown, TN
I had an entire day to kill during my last day in Memphis, and I knew I wanted to end it with some good BBQ. I asked friends on Twitter for recommendations. I got quite a few recommendations that I plan to check out for my next trip there. But one Twitter reply caught my eye…
@brownkw Germantown Commissary . Don't forget to get pie.
— Danielle – Diva Q (@DivaQBBQ) May 19, 2014
When you get a recommendation from Diva Q, you sure follow through with it! So off to Germantown Commissary I went.
It truly is a hole-in-the-wall place… a hole-in-the-wall place with some truly righteous food!! My choices: ribs and pulled pork. And I wasn’t about to forget about pie — coconut cream pie, to be precise. Absolutely droolworthy and worth every bite!
So all in all, I’d call this a successful trip. Hopefully I’ll hit up more new BBQ joints soon and let you know how they are. Let me know what you think and where I should go next!