“The aroma of hickory smoke wafts over the city Monday as Cobb Switch Barbecue co-owners Blair Black and Chris Andrews begin serving slow-cooked barbecue for lunch and dinner.” Translated: Cobb Switch Barbecue, the new spot in Carrollton with a lengthy pedigree of owners, is open. Sort of. Accordint to co-owner Brian Blair the “casual eatery’s fun, tongue-in-cheek atmosphere” doesn’t go hard until the grand opening on June 8. A lot of you have wondered about the name. Drawing on lore from East Texas and the small community of Cobb Switch (about 40 miles east of Dallas) the name comes from “Nearly Lost Legend of Cobb Switch Barbecue.” Listen.
This barbecue joint is dedicated to the smokin’ memory of Cary Cobb, wrongly accused barbecue bandit of East Texas. You won’t believe how he became famous.
One day as a Texas & Pacific train chugged along the railroad siding or “switch” named after him, Cobb pocketed three lumps of coal that fell from the locomotive. Two weeks later, he was facing a $5 fine for “stealing” coal.
Back in the late 1800s, five bucks was a lot of money. “Prove it,” said Cobb as he served a couple of railroad detectives slices of fork-tender beef brisket, mouth-watering dry-rubbed ribs, and melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork…all cooked over coal-fired hickory wood.
Soon the story of Cobb’s delicious destruction of evidence spread all over Kaufman County and the legend of Cobb Switch BBQ was born.
Amazingly, Cary Cobb is absolutely no relation to Phil Cobb, co-owner of Cobb Switch BBQ. Phil just liked the Cobb Switch name. However, co-owner Chris Andrews believes his family’s East Texas farm may have been purchased from the Cary Cobb family. No kidding.
*This story is the rural equivalent of the urban legend. Very little is true. In the mid-1800’s there really was a Cary Cobb. Today, there’s still an East Texas community and rail siding named after him. The part about the coal is a bunch of crap from the Internet. We totally made up the part bout the barbecue.
I like tongue-and-cheek barbecue. It sounds very European. Jump for the menu, location, and hours.
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am-11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am-12:00pm
Cobb Switch Barbecue, 2625 Old Denton Road, Suite 700, Carrollton, TX 75007
214-483-3600; Fax 214-483-3628; [email protected]
SMOKED MEATS MEAT BY THE POUND
Beef Brisket $10.99
Turkey RIBS BY THE POUND
Jalapeno & Cheese Sausage
No Side $4.29 1 Side $6.25 2 Sides $7.35
PLATES – Includes 2 sides, drink and a roll
1 Meat $7.99
2 Meat $8.99
3 Meat $10.49
Rib Plate $10.99
BBQ Frito Pie $4.99
BBQ Stuffed Potato $7.25
Side Plate(any 3 sides)$5.49
Sampler (all meats) $13.99
Potato Casserole INDIVIDUAL $1.89
Pinto Beans PINT $3.29
Green beans QUART $6.35
FRENCH FRIES (Made to Order)
Full Order $2.99 Half Order $$1.99
Small $1.39 Large $1.99
Gallon of Tea $5.49
KID’S MENU $3.99 (12 and under)
Kids’ Plate – includes 1 meat, 1 side, and drink (excluding ribs)
Fried Pies $2.49 (Cherry & Apricot)
Key Lime Pie $2.89
Butterscotch Banana Pudding $1.89
#1 – 1 lb. of any meat (excluding ribs) $19.95
2 pints of sides, Sauce, and 4 rolls
#2 – 2 lbs. of any meat (excluding ribs) $31.95
4 pints of sides, Sauce, and 8 rolls
Half Order $4.59 (3 total)
Full Order $7.99 (6 total)
POTATO SKINS $4.29
Half Order $1.99
Full Order $2.99
Half Order $5.49 (3 total)
Full Order $7.99 (6 total)