Pecan Lodge

2702 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75226

Phone: 214-748-8900
Hours: Tues-Thur 11-3, F-Sat 11-10, Sun 11-3
Twitter: @@PecanLodge

Opened 2010
Pitmaster Justin Fourton
Method Mesquite; indirect-heat pit
Pro Tip If you have a group, go for the Trough, a sampler of all the meats that will feed (and amaze) €”four or five people.

TMBBQ Rating: 4.75

Texas Monthly BBQ Top 50

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May 17, 2013

Shed #2 at the Dallas Farmers Market is a vast, enclosed, and fully air-conditioned structure that essentially serves as a city-owned food court where up-and-coming restaurateurs crowd in to show off their skills. The unquestioned anchor tenant of this gastro-carnival is Pecan Lodge, a three-year-old barbecue joint producing what is the best smoked meat in North Texas. It’s easy to find because their counter is just inside the front door, and also because a line…

August 3, 2012

You may have heard that this joint is getting a bit popular. While I may lament not being able to visit my go-to barbecue joint without braving a long line, I’m happy for the proprietors. Justin and Diane Fourton are friends in the barbecue world, and I’ve sought some bit of smoking advice from Justin on what were once biweekly visits. During those many visits I watched their menu evolve and sampled just about every…


January 1, 2011

After a nearly two-month hiatus (that felt like years to some barbecue fanatics) Pecan Lodge is back up and running. Justin and Diane Fourton have a wide menu of Southern food favorites so they weren’t exactly closed, but there’s no doubt that a celebration was warranted. A banner exclaiming “BBQ is Back” was hoisted over the counter, and two new items were chalked up on the menu. While I was there to try the new homemade sausage and pulled pork, it was nice to have some Deep Eddy sweet tea vodka to sip on while in line.

With SideDish proclaiming this the best fried chicken in Dallas, I had to add a leg and thigh to my barbecue order of a pulled pork sandwich and a homemade sausage link. A soft white bun held nothing but large chunks of moist pulled pork. This is Texas barbecue, so they ditched the slaw and the sauce. A small cup of spiced vinegar was there if you needed an extra zing. The smoky meat, covered in a deep dark crust doesn’t need anything extra, but the sauce was certainly complementary. For the links, the Fourtons decided that only a homemade pork sausage would do. The links were deeply smoky with a great snap and pleasing spice level. With such a large crowd that included the Texas BBQ Posse, I’m sure the owners were nervous about how their new menu items would be received, but I’d say don’t change a thing.

I didn’t have many doubts, but the new barbecue items were worth the wait. It wasn’t just the barbecue that made this one of my more memorable meals I’ve had anywhere in quite some time. The mac & cheese has that extra kick from the jalapeno and bacon, the okra was crispy from the cornmeal crust, and the blueberry fried pie was hot, crisp and not weighed down with grease. Now I’ll just have a tougher time deciding what to order on my next visit.

(This review originally appeared on Full Custom Gospel BBQ.)



    Anonymous says:

    It’s just wrong to post a 4-star review on Wednesday of a place that isn’t open till Thursday.

    BBQ Snob says:

    Sorry. I’ve got to give them time to prepare. It’ll just be that much better tomorrow.

    BBQ Snob says:

    Also, the new menu is posted on their site, and they now offer ribs Thursday thru Sunday.

    Anonymous says:

    I’m so happy to see this article about Pecan Lodge. I’ve enjoyed many offerings from their menu but my favorites are the fried chicken and waffles for breakfast and The Hot Mess…. just about anytime I can get it!

    MrL says:

    It was indeed good, please go out and support them. I’d like to see shed 2 with more food vendors this good, there’s plenty of room. I was there the same Friday. Wasn’t expecting the BBQ Snob to be there but apparently I just missed you, according to Justin, who introduced himself. As for something to wash the food down with, you’re limited to canned and bottled soft drinks, water, etc., which I find empty way too fast.

    Anonymous says:

    This place is incredible….Justin has a way of making you feel so comfortable and welcome…then to have the good food served up with his hospitality…its a win win situation. Dallas – DFW – is lucky to have Pecan Lodge for catering as well as offering food during the weekends!

    Rob says:

    I can’t believe I still haven’t made it down there – I will have to go today

    Zebbie L. says:

    I’m very excited about trying this place. I’ve made plans to try it on both Friday and Saturday this weekend.

    I was worried that I wouldn’t have BBQ this week so it’s a relief that I went through the recent reviews. Hopefully it will stack up favorably to the Harold’s that I enjoyed last week in Abilene!

    Chevypickup says:

    Saw this review and tried this place today – Lord knows we need decent brisket in Dallas. Had the brisket/rib plate with mac and cheese like in the pic and it was solid. Brisket was quite good, nice crust/rub with a nice back end kick and impressive noticeable smoke ring. The fact that it’s mesquite smoked but not overly smokey was impressive. The ribs, I could take or leave. They were tasty and cooked well but were basted in a sauce that was unnecessary and not very good. Ribs would have been fine without the sauce, but I would have preferred to double up on the brisket and skip the ribs. Only other complaint would be portion size. 2 skinny ribs and 3 fairly small slices of brisket and a scoop of mac n cheese for $10. Could have used a little more of everything as I left sorta hungry.

    Overall, I’ll definitely be back for the brisket and the “Hot Mess” potato looked impressive as well. I’d recommend the place.

    Big Jason says:

    After hearing all the favourable reviews, I decided to give this place a try on Saturday around lunch time.

    Asked the teenager manning the cash register whether the pork ribs were St Louis style or Baby Back, but he didn’t know. This immediately set off alarms in my head.

    Tried a rack of St Louis style ribs and was not impressed. The meat was tough and had very little smoke flavour. I really wish they would have trimmed off the membrane too.

    Don’t think I’ll be back.

    Anonymous says:

    Great quality, terrible quantity. Went today for lunch and for $12 I got 2 smallish ribs and 2 thinly sliced pieces of brisket (+ a bottle of water) and some overcooked mac and cheese. The 4 slices that are shown in the picture and the 3 mentioned in the comment above would have been great. Highly disappointed in the portion size. Won’t be back and it’s a shame because the meats tasted good but I just can’t go to a place where I don’t leave feeling full.

    Anonymous says:

    Good BBQ but I’ve never been to a BBQ place that doesn’t have iced tea. -1 star for me.

    Gipson says:

    Generally agreed with above that the plate with two ribs and two slices of brisket just isn’t satisfying. Even when the food is excellent, it’s not enough to feel like a full meal. That’s why I say skip it. Sides, too. Brisket is why I’m there, so brisket is all I order.

    Those burnt ends sound amazing, and I really hope to try them one day. Though, my inability to get there before 1:00 on most any day slims my chances.

    Anonymous says:

    Must have really made a mistake by not ordering ribs this past Saturday. Ordered the shredded beef tacos and the hot mess. There were two small tacos. The meat was extremely salty with no other flavor of its own. Without the other sauce it would have been roast beef. The hot mess was not much better. The sweet potato was waaay overcooked and the brisket (again) was too salty. We paid $18 for two, and in my opinion, that was $17,95 too much. The best part of our meal was the bottled water.

    BBQ Snob says:

    Anonymous – The hot mess and tacos tasted like roast beef because they are. The only serve the smoked brisket in the BBQ plate and the sandwich.

    Anonymous says:

    To the BBQ Snob and Pecan Lodge, if they (you) are serving roast beef then should not call them brisket tacos, kind of misleading to us who like smoked meat.

    B says:

    If the tacos are made with brisket meat, what should they call them?

    Anonymous says:

    Had the brisket and burnt ends last month very tasty – good smoke and tender.

    FYI – Stopped by for a another round May 5 and informed the smoker is undergoing construction so no BBQ for now.

    Anonymous says:

    How was the fried chicken???

    BBQ Snob says:

    That fried chicken was crispy, juicy and well seasoned. My wife barely let me have a bite, and said it was some of the best, if not the best, in town.

    MRL says:

    That pulled pork was incredible, best I’ve had in the Dallas area. Would have ordered ribs too but they were out by 1:30 p.m. Friday, and that pulled pork was the second-to-last serving left. Get there early.

    Omar says:

    The burnt ends and wagyu brisket is awesome here!

    Kam says:

    How is this still only a 4* rating?

    Anonymous says:

    i havent been to PL since ol spikey bleach hair let the cat outta the bag. im gonna have to try and get over there around 1045 AM on some thurs or fri bc i need some of that heavenly brisket.

    twinwillow says:

    Went today (Friday) at 2:00 PM.
    No line but they were already sold out of brisket. Bummer! I ordered ribs and pulled pork and Justin was nice enough to give me a sausage link for my trouble. The ribs, although very good, were quite salty. The pulled pork probably has no equal anywhere!
    I must order more of it next time.

    twinwillow says:

    I forgot to mention in my last comment how great the fried chicken looked on someone’s plate. I must order it sometime.

    Anonymous says:

    Can’t wait to try it out, but I can’t go tjhat early. I’m affraid if I go past 1:00 p.m. there will be nothing to order… Too bad, because they sure are letting go a lof of afternoon $$$… 🙁

    Anonymous says:

    They are ALWAYS out by the time I get my butt over there!! Minus 20 stars! Make more! It’s like chasing BBQ dreams or something.

    *salivates in corner*

    Doug Zedler says:

    Made my first trip there with my bro-in-law Tim on 1/20. It was everything I’d ever dreamed it would be. Best BBQ in DFW, hands down. Well, there are a couple of places I haven’t tried, I guess. Best BBQ I’ve had in DFW. How’s that? We tried brisket, pork ribs, beef ribs, sausage, and pork belly. All were great. To me, the beef ribs stood out as the best. Tim liked the pork belly best. We dropped a lot of dough as we knew we wouldn’t be back for a while. It was worth it.

    Anonymous says:

    eatan there 3 times and the brisket, beef rib and pork rib tasted the same — over smoked & bitter. it is shit …

    BBQ Snob says:

    Anonymous – So you ate shit three times? I think the joke’s on you.

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