“Unsweet, she leans over and whispers!” “Excuse me”… I reply. “The tea, its unsweet”, she repeats. “I already knocked a point off because the tea is unsweet.” Coke vs Pepsi is a very real thing here in Texas. You see we have this rankin’ system. Before a drop of food ever touches our lips, we’ve judged you. If you’re a Pepsi restaurant than we probably don’t trust you. That in turns means we don’t trust your sweet tea. We’ll probably order water and be bitter the entire time. Now if you don’t have sweet tea… well that ain’t ok. So here we were at Lockharts Smokehouse, a place that had so much promise when we walked up and saw the ‘Come and Take it’ flag, read the rows of plaques mentionin’ where they’d been featured and they had no sweet tea.
As mush as I was disappointed in the lack of sweet tea it really was ok cause I #Diditfortheblog. Ya see, it was Texas Barbecue week. In Texas we don’t mess around when it comes to BBQ. Once a year we have what we like to call Texas Barbecue Week. Many of the top joints in the state offer deals throughout the week. I made it my mission to taste all the BBQ DFW had to offer. For my non Dallas lovers- DFW is Dallas Fort Worth. I quickly logged into Texas Monthly- the sponsor and found my new favorite BBQ joint, Lockhart Smokehouse. nestled in the lovely Bishop Arts District, you might not even know it exist.
Texas is so big and there’s always somethin’ new to be found. I’ve always thought that’s what makes us such a great addition to The South: our diversity. Within’ that diversity you’ll find it in our BBQ as well. Our BBQ can be split into four main groups: East, Central, South and West. Lockhart is very much Central BBQ. Meanin’ it is smoked over oak. Diversity aside, you say BBQ in Texas and it betta be smoked beef. I was once in a BBQ joint and the waiter found out the customer was from Carolina. I kid you not he goes, “You’re from South Carolina? Do y’all eat pork down there?” This poor young mans mind was blown that other forms of meat are considered BBQ. It really was quite cute. Lockhart Smokehouse is the only place in DFW that serves Kreuz Market Sausage. Y’all it is even served on butcher paper.
While the tea may have been unsweet, the food didn’t disappoint. My BBQ partner in crime elicited many looks when she proclaimed, “Sorry Texas T’m a sauce girl.” Along with our BBQ bein’ smoked beef it’s also causeless. I had Carolina BBQ for the first time in Mississippi a few weeks back and let’s just say I’ll stick to what I know. Then again how good can it really be if it’s comin’ from Mississippi?
So the next time you’re in Texas and you order some BBQ- if it isn’t smoked beef, politely say no thank you and walk away.
What’s your favorite style of BBQ?
Aleshea Dominique is the founder of Glitz n’ Grits, a site that highlights the finer parts of Texas lifestyle