Monday, June 13, 2011
Lockhart Smokehouse shrugs off review, smokes 3,000 pounds of meat a week
Lockhart Smokehouse owner Jeff Bergus was working the front of the house during the Posse's visit to his Oak Cliff joint Saturday afternoon.
When new customers arrived, he asked if they had ever been to his place before. If no, he immediately escorted them to the meat-ordering counter in the back.
After a while, he sat down at the Posse's table and chatted.
We asked how business has been since his place received a one-star food review from The Dallas Morning News a few weeks ago. A framed copy of the review hangs on one wall, along with copies of much more positive reviews.
He said business was strong, particularly citing large gatherings for Mavericks' playoff games. Lockhart has a nice bar and several TVs mounted on walls.
We asked how much meat he was cooking.
He said 3,000 pounds a week, with Mondays and Tuesdays slower and weekends heavier. Lockhart is open seven days a week.The busiest day was more than 600 pounds, just for brisket and ribs, Bergus said.
That matches what Aaron Franklin cooks daily (Tuesday through Sunday) at his Austin joint.
Not bad company. Of course, Franklin expects to triple his production when he completes new brick pits.
Lockhart Smokehouse, 400 W. Davis, Dallas, 214-944-5521. Open every day from 11am till they're done.