Early Saturday morning, my oldest son, Stephen, and I head to Dallas for his six-month check-up at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Diagnosed with Legg-Perthes Disease when he was six, Stephen has struggled with this childhood hip condition for half his life. There are certainly times when, like any of us coping with aches and pains, he struggles more. However, he continues to handle his “thorn in the flesh” quite well for a young man on the precipice of his teenage years.
In November 2010, Stephen and I embarked on our first Father/Son road trip to Big D. Apart from time spent in DFW Airport, that was my first trip to the land of the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks and, Ewings. In spite of my built-up prejudice against all things Texas because of too many stories from congregation members about how “better” things are in that state, I found that I really liked Dallas. I’m not sure that I would want to live in the Metroplex, but it is a neat city to visit.
From the Farmer’s Market to Dealey Plaza to the Galleria Mall (and Five Guys Burgers and Fries, yum), Stephen and I had a blast. While I am not looking forward to the long drive, I am looking forward to spending some quality time with my son. As a Baptist pastor, one way that we will spend time together in Dallas is eating. I will probably eat too much on this trip, but having lost 25 pounds since the beginning of December (thanks to an emergency appendectomy), it won’t hurt to splurge just a little.
In addition to finding the nearest 7-11 and indulging in a Slurpee or two, Stephen and I will be on a quest to find a good BBQ joint in Dallas. I say “good” because everyone knows that truly “great” BBQ is pork based (as in pulled/sliced pork and pork ribs) and Texas is not known for great pork BBQ. 🙂 Although I have come to appreciate good brisket, give me pulled pork or pork spare ribs with a great sauce (not that NC vinegar stuff, either) and I’ll be a very happy camper.
So, to my readers in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex (or those familiar with the area), I ask for your help. If you know of a good (or even great) BBQ restaurant that my son and I can eat at that serves killer pork or pork ribs, leave a comment telling me why you think it is worth our trying. Even if it’s in a neighboring community, we don’t mind driving for good BBQ. We’ll pick at least one (maybe even hit a couple of cue joints) and let you know what we find. Enjoy the weekend and I’ll catch back up with everyone on Tuesday when I have a post about the SBC Name Change (most likely to be announced on Monday night). God bless!