Perk’s Bar-B-Que

601 W. Hayes
Savoy, TX 75479

Phone: (903) 965-7114
Hours: M-F 11-6, Sat 11-3

Opened 2004
Pitmaster Melissa Perkins
Method Oak and pecan in an offset smoker

TMBBQ Rating: 3.5

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Ribs have a good texture. Sausage is good as well. Jalepeno potato salad is awesome if you like food with a bite.
Mae McKnight @ Hart’s Firehouse BBQ, 2015-04-19 17:35:11
First time here. Brisket, pulled pork were excellent. Sausage was not flavored to my liking but it had a good snap and others may like it.
jeff hodges @ Pecan Lodge, 2015-04-18 19:21:51
Fantastic three meat with double brisket and thorn dale sausage and double corn casserole this place deserves a great spot on the list place is
doug_wallace @ Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, 2015-04-17 23:37:51
Thought I would give it a try as mixed reviews. Well.....brisket is very chewy which is strange as it was moist. No smoke ring but peppered correctly. A bit salty as others have said. Sauce has good flavor and was needed but it is very vinegary best part of meal are sides. Mac and cheese and cole slaw spot on. Too bad. 2/5 for meat. 5/5 for sides.
Terry r @ Schoepf’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2015-04-17 18:40:53
My favorites: pork rib, jalapeno sauage
Jeff Overton @ Opie’s Barbecue, 2015-04-17 17:11:21
Brisket brisket brisket
Craig Hutchinson @ La Barbecue, 2015-04-16 20:33:59
Three meat plate brisket hot link an polish sausage with deviled eggs great food
doug_wallace @ Mike Anderson’s BBQ, 2015-04-16 18:25:23
Had brisket, sausage and chicken. Disappointed they were out of ribs but I'll be back. Not the best BBQ I've ever had but the cold, cheap beer, people and general feel of this joint will make it a must-stop when I'm in the area. Hard to beat a train horn blowing through the windows, a $1 to-the-death pool game next to the bar and cheap, cold beer with hot, smoky brisket on a plate. Reminds me of high school...
Adam Murray @ Taylor Cafe, 2015-04-16 00:51:43
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Review

Perks BBQ 01

June 3, 2014

Melissa Perkins grew up in Colbert, Oklahoma just across the Red River from Texas around the same time that the legendary PO Sam had his barbecue joint along Franklin Street in Colbert. A friend of hers worked at the barbecue joint, so when she took her friend to PO Sam’s after school she’d get a barbecue sandwich as payment for the ride. That’s where Perkins developed an affinity for Sam’s barbecue, and more importantly for his famous brown gravy sauce.  Many years later she serves her own version of that sauce at Perk’s, a tiny walk-up joint on the west edge of Savoy, Texas.

“Nobody’s got his recipe,” Perkins says of PO Sam’s sauce, but she uses meat drippings from the smoker just like he did. Drippings from which of the meats she won’t tell, but maybe it’s all of them. I do know those drippings are thickened, probably with flour, then fortified with chili powder and what I thought tasted like pureed jalapeno. Perkins swears it’s just red pepper. That’s just a testimony to the complexity of this sauce. It’s one of the best and most memorable sauces I’ve tried anywhere. It’s not too smoky, to thick, or too thin. This isn’t a sauce shy to call itself hot, but doesn’t set your mouth on fire just for the sake of it. It’s great by itself, but it can certainly elevate anything it touches.

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Chopped beef (left) and pulled pork (right) sandwiches

It doesn’t hurt when the pulled pork sandwich is already full of moist black bits of crusty shoulder meat. It sits between a buttered and grilled white bun. Perkins suggested I add sausage for a combo sandwich, but I’d skip the cheap commercial sausage in favor of the superior hot links hailing from nearby Mineola. In fact, I’d probably skip those too. Pork and brown gravy sauce on a bun will be hard to beat, but you have to ask for that brown gravy sauce. If not you’ll only be offered hot or mild tomato-based sauces.

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Potato salad

I tried other sandwiches with ham and chopped brisket. They’d be fine as a second sandwich, but focus on the pulled pork. Also, do not go back to your car (there’s nowhere else to eat at Perk’s) without some potato salad. Perkins makes a mayo/mustard version fresh every day, and I was lucky enough to get a batch so fresh it was still warm. I’m usually one to just take a few bites of the sides, but I couldn’t stop until that cup was clean.

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Stuffed pepper and brown gravy sauce

That special recipe sauce is also perfect for dipping her stuffed peppers into. Perkins takes whole jalapeños and stuffs them with seasoned ground pork, covers them in a thick batter, and fries them to a golden brown. It leaves most of the bacon-wrapped jalapeños that you’ve tried in the dust.

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The smokehouse

Down a dozen concrete steps set into the hillside behind Perk’s you’ll find the small smokehouse clad in corrugated metal. Pecan and oak logs burn (hickory is too strong) to smoke pork shoulders, brisket, hams and sausages in a steel offset smoker. Traffic is light in Savoy, so Perkins admits she only fires up the smoker a few times a week. It tasted fresh when I was there on a Friday. With Savoy being just over an hour from Dallas, I might have to check on it again this Friday.

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