Thursday, July 28, 2011

Good news for Off the Bone fans.....

It looks like Off the Bone in Forest Hills is expanding to a second location. The acclaimed joint run by Eddie Brown is a DFW favorite of many of the Posse members. Got this from Mansfield resident Joanne Reynolds, mom of Posse member Guy Reynolds:

"An article in today's Mansfield newspaper about new businesses opening soon includes news of Off the Bone. It is a second location for the one in Forest Hill and is scheduled to open in early September. They also leased the adjacent space that formerly housed a Subway restaurant. Owners say there will be seating space for approx. 50 diners. Sounds like it will be a great place."

Here's a link from the Mansfield News-Mirror on the move.

Photo by Chris Wilkins

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Check out the Posse's BBQ destinations story in the Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning News travel section editor Mary Ellen Botter recently asked Gary Jacobson and I to come up with a list of the Texas BBQ Posse's favorite joints to visit. We solicited suggestions from the posse and were off and running.

We weren't trying to come up with a list for the best meats we'd sampled, we did that last December in our piece Announcing the Posse's "2010 Best in Texas BBQ picks and will follow up annually with updated lists.

This is just an unofficial accounting of cool places we've been, though like any BBQ list I'm sure it will stir some controversy. At least three of these places would not make our Best in Texas rankings, though they are fun joints worth the road trip for a visit.

For instance, Hard Eight in Stephenville probably doesn't have any of my "best of" meat selections, though the singer Jewel would likely disagree! Late last summer we spent a hot afternoon in the pits watching, learning and asking questions of the pitmasters. The meats are pretty good and they taken performance BBQ to a new level.

Pecan Lodge in Dallas was another interesting choice for us. We are all in agreement that the meats coming off Justin Fourton's smoker are world-class, but it's not exactly a "joint," residing in Dallas Farmers Market shed #2. It wasn't on the initial list, but Posse member Phil Lamb made a great point and we added them.

Phil wrote, "I need to revise my list... When we emailed last week, I dinged Pecan Lodge due to atmosphere. After eating there on Saturday and Sunday this weekend, however, I think it should be included. Although the actual restaurant atmosphere is not great, we really enjoyed being at the Farmers' Market. That aspect makes Pecan Lodge very unique and I hope to get down there for more fresh fruits/veggies and good BBQ soon."

You can click here to see our story online at Good news, it's not behind the paywall, so non-subscribers should be able to see it. There's also an embedded slideshow of cool bbq pix you can click on to get a look at our picks.

We'd love to hear what places you think should be added to the list. There are obviously some great destination joints we didn't have the room to include. We have a bbq trip planned to Houston in the fall and will see if some of those places make their way onto our list as well.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The best in Dallas BBQ join to honor firefighter Shannon Stone

Anyone who has ever taken their son to a big league baseball game can relate. We all watched the footage as Rangers fan Shannon Stone fell trying to catch a ball for his six-year-old son Cooper. Heartbreaking beyond belief........

Now is your chance to help. Diane Fourton of Pecan Lodge and Jill Bergus of Lockhart Smokehouse, aka: the First Ladies of Dallas BBQ, have joined forces to help the Stone family. This will be a can't miss event for hardcore Dallas BBQ fanatics and will be held at Dallas Farmer's Market shed #2 on Sunday, August 14, 2011, starting at 6:30 pm.

Not only will you be able to eat bbq from both Pecan Lodge & Lockhart Smokehouse at the same time, they'll be bands & beverages and much more. BTW, did I mention the amazing auction?

Here's the official word from Diane & Jill:

"We cooked up the idea for this fundraiser. Your ticket price includes a BBQ dinner, drinks, music and live auction. We have great items on the block that will be announced soon.....

Co- hosted by Pecan Lodge Catering & Lockhart, other sponsors include Dallas Farmers Market, Texas BBQ Posse, Il Cane Rosso, Edible DFW, Crave DFW, Deep Eddy Vodka and US Foods."

This historic event is limited to the first 200 folks to sign up. Click here to get tickets to the event.

Editors note: This photo taken from a Facebook page dedicated to Shannon Stone, pictured with his son Cooper at the Brownwood Fire Dept., where Stone worked. The photo was posted by a friend with the quote, "How Shannon needs to be remembered, as a father and a hero. He's so much more than just the "guy who died at the Ranger game."


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

No, this isn't another rant against gas-fired bbq

First off, Johnsonville's Big Taste Grill, pictured above, uses propane. Don't even think about wood...or charcoal.

But doesn't that machine look cool!

The semi-tractor-hauled cooker weighs 53,000 pounds, is 65 feet long, 20 feet high and 6 feet in diameter, according to materials sent to us by Johnsonville, the sausage company. A dozen cooks can grill 750 brats at a time.

The lid alone weighs 6,000 pounds and is operated by a hydraulic system.

If you want to check out the grill, which has traveled to charity events throughout North America since 1995, it will be in Burleson July 21 and Midlothian July 22-24.

Monday, July 11, 2011

CBS 11's "Through the Lens" checks in at Lockhart Smokehouse

Members of the Posse were having lunch at Lockhart Smokehouse a couple of month ago when the CBS 11 reporter and photographer Edgar Solis came by to do a piece for the station's Through the Lens feature.

Posse pitmaster Marshall Cooper and I were interviewed, though fortunately most of the dialogue ended up on the cutting room floor! Click the video to see Edgar's take on one of our favorite BBQ joints in DFW.

Photos by Irwin Thompson