Smoked Meat on Third Street
You can hardly drive a mile now without a new BBQ place popping up. It's not easy to gauge which ones are worth checking out. Rather than spending your hard-earned money on a chance, let us guide you on your quest for good Detroit BBQ.
Lockhart's BBQ has not been open long, but they are already a serious player in the Detroit BBQ game. Behind the expertise of Pit Master Steve "Bubba" Coddington, Lockhart's meats are overwhelmingly delicious. Bubba has been barbequing for about 10 years and all of the rubs, sauces and side dishes at Lockhart's are made from scratch using Bubba's recipes.
Lockhart's menu is very meat centric. Nearly all of the appetizers, main courses and desserts (just kidding ... or am I?) have some form of beef, pork or chicken.
If you're eating BBQ, go for the gusto. Order the burnt ends as a starter. These little nuggets of joy are double-smoked pieces of beef brisket. Simultaneously sweet, bitter, tender and dry, burnt ends are truly a meat lover's dream.
Follow your ends with a truly majestic work of craftsmanship: the Quadruple Bypass. One pound of smoked pork goodness — ham, sausage, bacon and pulled pork piled high with smoked cheddar on a kaiser roll. Yes, it is excessive, but it also delicious — fatty, smoky, creamy and sweet — all of the meats play well together and the smoky, melted cheese elevates this sandwich to the mountain top. As long as we're sharing, the Lockhart's special is enough to feed three normal people or one hungry dude. Beef brisket, ribs, pulled pork and sausage (order the red hot) all served on a platter with a slice of Wonder Bread, pickles and raw onion. A perfect communal dish with no utensils required; just pick and pluck at each of the meats with your fingers. Added bonus: if you eat with your hands, the smoky aroma will remain on your fingers the rest of the day.
Side dishes are important, too. For the sake of counteracting all of the porky goodness, we recommend the jalapeno brown beans and parmesan buttered corn. The beans are earthy and delightfully spicy. Their heat isn't overwhelming, but you can definitely feel it.
Sweet corn is a simple side dish, but Lockhart's does it well. Cut off the cob just before serving, the corn is buttered and topped with parmesan. Sugary, nutty and salty, this isn't your mama's corn.
We've come this far without mentioning BBQ's soulmate, beer. Lockhart's has a collection of beers on tap that would make any Michigander proud. Founders, Arcadia, Detroit Brewing Co., Dark Horse and others are represented. New Holland's The Poet Oatmeal Stout pairs especially well with smoky, spicy BBQ and also works as an after dinner beer because of its strong coffee and chocolate notes.
Speaking of chocolate, don't leave without trying the Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake. Supremely moist and super sweet, the Dr. Pepper adds depth of flavor. Not your normal chocolate cake.
This isn't your run of the mill BBQ place. Doing things their way and doing them well, Lockhart's is here to stay. | RDW