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Dallas gets taste of St. Louis BBQ with debut of Sugarfire Smoke House

Dallas gets taste of St. Louis BBQ with debut of Sugarfire Smoke House

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UPDATE 11-11-2020: Sugarfire opened its doors on November 11.


There's a new barbecue concept coming to town: Sugarfire Smoke House, an award-winning BBQ chain from St. Louis, Missouri, will open its 16th location and its first location in Dallas at 6750 Abrams Rd., #110 in Lake Highland's Creekside development.

According to a release, it'll open in June 2020.

Sugarfire Smoke House was founded by Charlie Downs and chef Mike Johnson in St. Louis in 2012. They've since expanded across Missouri with nine locations, including one within the National Blues Museum. There are also locations in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky.

Johnson has served as a celebrity guest pitmaster and competitor in events globally, and has appeared on the Food Network, Destination America's BBQ Pitmasters, and Travel Channel’s Food Paradise.

For the Dallas location, they'll partner with locals Kevin and Haydee Klika.

Sugarfire is known for its brisket, pulled pork, and ribs. They make their sausage in-house, and also do grass-fed burgers, salads, sandwiches, and sides.

They have a number of items you don't typically see at BBQ places including smoked fried artichokes, and hushpuppies that are stuffed with pork belly and served with a jalapeño jelly for dipping.

There's a Cracker Jack salad with spinach, red onions, pit ham, bleu cheese, actual Cracker Jacks, and an apple cider vinaigrette. Sides include French fries, baked beans, coleslaw, and potato salad.

Beverages will include local beer, sodas, and specialty beverages.

The Dallas menu will follow other Sugarfire locations, with meats made-to-order on Ole Hickory smokers, plus cookies, pies, boozy milkshakes, milkshakes with pie blended in, and over-the-top daily specials announced via social media.

The fast-casual layout will allow patrons to line up at a carving table, and grab a complimentary sample.

Klika says in a release that they've been eyeing Dallas as a market for some time.

Sugarfire will go into a portion of the space that used to be Spec's, alongside neighbors Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fireside Pies.

Their restaurant will occupy a 3,200-square-foot space with seating for up to 68, plus an outdoor patio and multiple bars.