A Pulled Pork Sandwich with Dreadful Sides at DICKEY’S BBQ, Dallas, Texas
Started in 1941, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit was founded by Travis Dickey in Dallas, Texas. By the 1960′s, Dickey’s was a northern Texas staple, with locations throughout Dallas and Forth Worth, and at the turn of the 21st century, Dickey’s became a franchise, run by Travis’ grandson and can be found in various locations throughout the country! Like all other barbecue chains, Dickey’s promises to serve up the best in smoked meats, staple summer sides, and succulent sauces. I had seen Dickey’s before in the Dallas / Fort Worth Airport’s Terminal C, and didn’t get to try them until this past weekend during a layover on my way back to NYC.
While the pork was smokey, tender, warm and flavorful, the barbecue sauce lacked a certain zest I expected, considering Dickey’s is a Texas staple. After drizzling the sauce on top of the meat, I topped my sandwich with cole slaw to give it a nice mix of temperature and texture, and pressed the top of the soft bun down just to allow a little sauce to ooze from the sides! The sandwich was delicious!
However, had I known better, I would of topped the sandwich with the rest of the slaw and added the baked beans. Instead, I ate the remainders separately and totally kicked myself for wasting the calories on the tasteless and bland cabbage and beans! I gave them second and third tries, but to no avail. I refused to salt and pepper them, although that would have helped. If Dickey’s really wanted to impress me, they would seasoned up their side dishes and made them just as savory as any meat dish. What I did get was a $8.93 tummy ache and disgust from the stale and stagnant barbecue basics. Shoot, I had better side dishes at Boston Market!
While there are other barbecue spots throughout the other terminals at the Dallas / Fort Worth airport, I decided to stay in Terminal C and give Dickey’s a try. Bad move! The other fast food spots, chain restaurants and healthier options would have pleased me more… But perhaps this was just a bad experience because I was indeed at an airport. I’d be happy to give Dickey’s another try at one of their more mainstream locales. In the meantime, I’ll continue to rely on Auntie Anne’s pretzels for those layover treats.