It is a well-established fact that The Husband and I will do almost everything for a taste of great Texas barbeque. Apart from driving an 8-hour round trip to spend less than 3-hours eating at Salt Lick BBQ, we willingly stood up for an hour and a half in line to just to get a taste of the famous Texas barbecue from Pecan Lodge at the Dallas Farmers’ Market.
And was it worth the wait?
For them Pecan Lodge immaculate burnt ends (a special part of the barbecue beef brisket), which I now canonize as Holy barbecue lollipops of sugar, salt, smoke and beef, YES, by all means, please, for the love of Texas barbecue, allot a day between Wednesday through Sunday to wake up extra early and stand in line at Shed 2 of Dallas Farmers’ Market. Oh wait, let me correct myself. Since burnt ends was one of the two daily specials that day (which I presume is only available when the Pecan Lodge pitmaster feels extra generous to offer them burnt ends to barbecue fans far and wide), just make a special advanced order for burnt ends to spare you the excruciating pain of waking up early, waiting in line and discovering that there are no burnt ends on the menu.
How about the other barbecue offerings: beef brisket, pork ribs (unfortunately, beef ribs and sausages sold out before we made it to the counter), fried chicken (We read that their fried chicken is one of the best in Dallas) and sides (their mac n’cheese is supposedly delivered moments of ecstasy)? I am no Texas barbecue expert (yet), but I think that I could have better, especially with the long wait. I’ve had better a fried chicken (Gus’s World Famous in Memphis, TN is still the BEST!) and mac n’cheese (Fat Matt’s Rib Shack in Atlanta, GA is the best so far) in my short stay in the US.
Let’s get back to those bewitching burnt ends shall we? I expected them to be crunchy on the outside with the insides a bit on the dry side, but when I bit into a piece, breaking the caramel crunch crust, a burst of glorious sweet, salty and smoky, juicy fat and meat coated my entire palate. Every fiber of the meat was with infused with flavor.
I closed my eyes, said a prayer (Thank you God for blessing me with an opportunity to experience this creation) and let out a modest moan. I handed another piece to The Husband for him to try: “THIS IS GOOD.” It was truly a beef barbecue lollipop that I wanted to just suck on it until it disappears into the abyss of my stomach because I couldn’t get enough of the intense symphony of meat, salt, sugar and smoke.
The Husband enjoyed it as much as I did, so we brought home 5LBs of burnt ends, worth $85, home…NOT! We did, still do wish we did take some home (Oh, but 5lbs of burnt ends is a lot, even for two hungry people. Though we did plan to consume it over a prolonged period of time.), but Pecan Lodge ran out of burnt ends just 10 minutes after the price inquiry.
Phooey. I guess we can always make that advanced order.
Shed 2, Dallas Farmer’s Market
1010 S Pearl Expy Dallas, TX 75201
Open Wed to Sun, 11AM to 3PM or until sold out
Delirious about delicious,