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Texas Monthly Barbecue List Snubs Pecan Lodge, Ranks Cattleack Higher

We got us a barbecue controversy.

Texas Monthly just released its list of the 50 best barbecue joints in the state. The top 10 are ranked, with the other 40 merely listed by city, even though each place gets a numerical score on a 5-point scale. It’s confusing. Maybe in print it makes more sense. Anyway, Cattleack Barbeque, Lockhart Smokehouse, and Pecan Lodge are the three Dallas places on the list. Cattleack comes in at No. 3 overall and scores 4.75. Pecan gets 4.25. Lockhart gets 4. Is it time to fight?

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  • OldLakeHighlander

    Pecan Lodge just ain’t all that anymore. Once they moved and expanded they lost something. I greatly appreciate that they ignited a BBQ revolution in Dallas, but at this time I find them to be just OK, especially for the wait.
    Slow Bone is hands down the Best BBQ place in Dallas. Best Fried Chicken in town, too.
    Lockhart is also consistently excellent. Just a not a real fan of their messy OG paper wrap.
    Must now go to Cattleack to see what the fuss is about.

    • Sam_Merten

      I agree that Slow Bone is the joint that was really snubbed. How it didn’t even make the list is beyond me.

  • Peter Simek

    But can we talk about that cover?

  • billmarvel

    Pecan Lodge grossly overpriced — and probably overrated. You can get just as good elsewhere and spend less.

  • Wes Mantooth

    I enjoy the BBQ section on TM and Daniel Vaughn’s work there, but the list clearly has some flaws, possibly inherent in any list-making method. One of them is moving Snow’s to #1. It’s only open on Saturday mornings, and now it’s going to be impossible for anyone to eat there that isn’t going to camp out overnight or some other absurdity. Franklin’s is a beating for anybody and at least they’re open most of the week. That said, no list like this is going to get it all right all the time, particularly given the variability of BBQ from one time on one day to another time on another day. For example, I had a great meal at Black’s in Lockhart this spring, one that compares with really anywhere else above it on the 2013 list, and a horrible meal at City Market in Luling, one that compares almost with dog food. Black’s is off the list, City Market remains. Oh well — at least this identifies more places to try out on my travels as a roving sockpuppet reporter.