Justin Fourton

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    How Pecan Lodge Smokes its Brisket

    In "Shigging," we ask pitmasters to give us some specifics about how they smoke their meats. In the spirit of barbecue secretiveness and competitiveness, they're allowed to lie once. This week, we're asking Justin Fourton, pitmaster at Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum (maybe you've heard of it), how he s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    On Pecan Lodge's Last Day at the Farmers Market, Smoky Tears Were (Almost) Shed

    It was 11 a.m. on Sunday, and customers who had been waiting, some for hours, were expecting Justin Fourton to emerge any minute from the kitchen of Pecan Lodge, and ask the first in line to ring the triangle that hangs near the register. The clanging iron has announced the arrival of "brisket time" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Texas Rangers Say North Carolina Has Best BBQ, Immediately Lose Ability to Play Baseball

    Yesterday on Twitter, the Texas Rangers Twitter account tweeted something awful. Something unbelievable. Something that's just not true. When asked by a fan, "What state makes the best BBQ?" the Rangers account replied, "North Carolina... sorry!" You're ellipsis-sorry for bashing Texas barbecue, T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    The Drought Keeps Pushing Up Beef Prices, and It May Soon Impact Your Barbecue Budget

    Beef: It's what's for rich people. Prices of Texas' most loved protein source continue to rise this year, reflecting the impact of more than three years of drought. Weather conditions have forced ranchers to cull their herds in response to water access and feed prices, and the U.S. cattle heard ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Pecan Lodge Is Moving to Deep Ellum

    It's been a foregone conclusion for months that Pecan Lodge, Dallas' Mecca of smoked meat, would leave its perch in the downtown Dallas Farmers Market, which has been turned over to private developers apparently unmoved by the Lodge's cult following. The question, until today, was where the smoke tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Some of Texas' Barbecue Kings Sound Off on Why They Smoke

    In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. We recently asked some of Dallas and Fort Worth's best pitmasters, meat slingers and pork pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Wine Poste to Host Cafe Momentum for an Autumn Moon Harvest Feast

    Chef Chad Houser runs a little outfit you've hopefully heard of called Café Momentum, which is a restaurant training platform that provides culinary experience to post-release juvenile offenders from the Dallas County Youth Village. Since 2011 Cafe Momentum has hosted more than 20 dinners that have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 31: Pecan Lodge

    Leading up to our annual Best of Dallas® issue, we're counting down the 50 most interesting restaurants in Dallas. These spots bring something unique or compelling to the city's dining scene, feeding both your appetite and soul. Find more interesting places on our all-new Best Of app for iTunes or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Pecan Lodge Adds a Second, Express Register, but You'll Have to Order Big

    There are two schools of thought with respect to lines in barbecue: Some think it's a rite of passage, an excuse to drink beer and socialize with fellow barbecue enthusiasts, and the price you have to pay for great barbecue. These animals think you can't have a real experience if you don't have to ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 13, 2013

    Picking a Bone With Pecan Lodge

    Want access to some of the best barbecue in Texas? Get in line.

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Guns N' Roses Band Members Make Sausage at Pecan Lodge (With Photos)

    If you follow the local music scene you might have known Guns N' Roses visited Dallas last week for a show at the House of Blues. If you follow the local food scene really closely you might have seen the Texas Monthly article that noted two of the band members hit up Pecan Lodge before the show. Ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Burning Questions for Pecan Lodge's Husband and Wife Duo, Justin and Diane Fourton

    Each week (or thereabout) we ask a local chef three burning questions about his or her favorite culinary reads, food shames and best (or worst) meals. This week, we hear from Boss Lady and Pitmaster, Diane and Justin Fourton of Pecan Lodge. 1. What are your three favorite cookbooks? The Tex-Mex Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Seven Awesome Culinary Events in Dallas This Week, Feb 20 - 26. Plus, Great News if You're Thirsty.

    From high-end whiskey tastings to lowbrow beer dinners, the Dallas culinary scene is perforating at the seams with things to do. From Scotch tastings to barbecue blow outs, there's something for everyone. You can go with this or you can go with that. It's your call. Wednesday, February 20 Today S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Foodways Texas, Documenting The Culture of Texas Food, Hosts Suds and Smoke at DEBC Monday

    If you ever lay awake at night and ponder barbecue joints, or if you plot weekends based on slices of smoky brisket and spicy sausage, then you should definitely meet Foodways Texas. You could be a match made in meat heaven. Foodways Texas is a group of chefs, journalists, scholars or anyone who h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Four Corners Brewing Co. Puts Another "B" in Blues, Bandits and BBQ This Weekend

    Oak Cliff's annual Blues, Bandits and BBQ this weekend isn't just an opportunity to gorge yourself on competition-worthy smoked meats. It's also a historic moment for Dallas -- the first chance to buy beer from Four Corners Brewing Co., one of the breweries featured in Lauren Drewes Daniels' excelle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Meat Fight Tickets Are Now On Sale

    Meat Fight is a barbecue competition and fundraiser that I'm throwing at Sons of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum on November 4. In addition to mind-blowing meats for eating, there will be beers from Deep Ellum Brewing Company. There will be Knob Creek tastings. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Pecan Lodge Is Joining Baker's Ribs To Represent Dallas In Texas Monthly's BBQ Festival

    Tickets for the third annual Texas Monthly BBQ Festival went on sale today. Twenty-one barbecue joints will gather just south of Lady Bird Lake to show off their take on brisket, sausage, ribs and anything else with enough fat content to stand up to an hours-long stint in a smoker. If you need an ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    At Pecan Lodge, the Brisket Taco of My Dreams

    My first brisket taco was a major disappointment. Not because it wasn't good -- the first taco in my two-taco order disappeared in just over a minute -- but because it was so far from what I'd pictured when I first heard of brisket tacos. Brisket is a Texas thing, right? A half-crazy pit master wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Bath House Picnic: Some Things Are Worth Braving the Heat

    Photos by Jenny Block​More than 300 people came together at the Bath House Cultural Center on Sunday to support White Rock Lake and the Red Cross, as well as to take part in the Chef's Picnic (part of the Beach Party of the Century). Red-checkered tablecloths covered the tables and Deep Eddy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Lurlene's Having a Baby! Let's Go Eat It!

    Compared with this, your baby's ugly.​Yay! Lurlene's birthing a brisket this Saturday! Pecan Lodge is once again firing up its barbecue pit, named Lurlene, this Saturday. Which means from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. you can get your mouth on some of Pecan Lodge's delicious burnt ends, plus mesquite- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    It's Never Too Late for Another Mardi Gras Party

    ​Sure, Mardi Gras was almost two weeks ago, but we never miss a chance to don masquerade masks and boas. The MADI Art Museum and Gallery (3109 Carlisle St.) apparently shares our affinity for king cake and booze and is hosting MADI Gras, a daylong celebration of art, food and music. The festi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Go Oak Cliff Shares Details on Sunday's "Ethical Meat" Barbecue Contest and Festival

    ​Teams have been practicing and judges (including two City of Ate contributors) are advised to begin fasting as Oak Cliff is about to get smoked out this weekend for the Blues, Bandits & Barbeque street party.The festival takes place outside and inside the Kessler Theater and surrounding neigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    It Would Appear Dallas Farmers Market's Shed No. 2 Has Found an Anchor Tenant

    ​A week after discovering that Dallas Farmers Market's Shed No. 2 has one new tenant -- and, by the way, that Chicago-style deli's actually called the Old World Sausage Co., and it's scheduled to open at the end of this week -- Unfair Park brings news of another. And this one is no small build out ... More >>