Find out more →

Get unlimited access. Become a digital member!

Monday, August 6, 2012

What's smokin' at Terri Lynn's Bar-BQ

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 9:05 AM


There is something very comforting about eating at a barbecue joint…the dense aroma of smoke, the hustle and bustle of employees chopping, slicing, and weighing out meats, the promise of a big slab of animal flesh drenched in sauce. It’s a primal instinct to enjoy such ventures. Most good barbecue restaurants are unpretentious, welcoming, and make their patrons feel like they are among friends the second they walk in the door. No matter how you spell it, (barbecue, BBQ, BAR-BQ, or bar-b-que) it all means happiness. There is no shortage of good ‘cue in Arkansas, and attempting to crown a single establishment as “the best” leads to as hot a debate in this region as anywhere else in this meat-loving nation. Determined to make as large a dent as possible in the Arkansas barbecue scene, I took a trip to Terri Lynn’s Bar-BQ and Delicatessen.

Terri Lynn’s is a little heavier on the deli items than most other barbecue restaurants I’ve enjoyed. Their menu board is a giant sprawl of sandwiches with various protein options including smoked turkey, corned beef, salami, bologna, and ham. Additionally, some items on the menu are likely to make BBQ purists turn their noses upwards in disgust, items such as nachos, tamales, pitas, foot-long hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches. I’ll admit to a bit of BBQ snobbery, but I just avoid such items and keep to the classics.


All meats at Terri Lynn’s are smoked in house over hickory, a tradition they have held to vigilantly for over 50 years, so immediately I have to give them my sustaining vote. While it’s common to opt for the more manageable gas powered smokers, the heathen in me enjoys the thought of cooking animal parts over tree parts. It just feels right.

Figuring the best judgment of any BBQ joint lay in beef and pork, I ordered up a pork sandwich and a side of sliced beef. Again, Terri Lynn’s takes a bit of a detour from tradition. Their meats are more reminiscent of the kind of offerings you’d find behind the deli counter than in the clutches of some legendary pitmaster. The sliced beef comes out looking more like a traditional deli sliced roast beef after passing through the giant rotating circular blades of a commercial deli slicer. Additionally, it is not served hot, as I expected, essentially making it a smoked cold cut. Nonetheless, it was tasty, the hints of hickory smoke permeating the moist, tender beef, but I would have liked a bit stronger “meaty” flavor overall. It would have made a more satisfactory sandwich filler, rather than bare beef as I ordered it. It was, however, made more enjoyable when doused in their vinegar based, mildly sweetened sauce.

The sliced pork is given the same treatment, deli-sliced rather than pulled or chopped as you might expect from other BBQ joints. I did order this as a sandwich with coleslaw and drenched in sauce. Though, the sandwich bun was quickly soaked and nearly soggy with the runny sauce, it was a tasty product, one that I would not hesitate to repeat in the future.

Next time, my sights are set on a slice of their chocolate chess pie, as I’ve heard it deserves honorable mention. And next time, I’ll be able to enter Terri Lynn’s knowing it’s not the traditional barbecue experience I’ve grown accustomed to from my time in the glorious South.

Terri Lynn’s
10102 Rodney Parham Rd.
Little Rock

Tues-Fri 10:30-3:30
Sat 10:30-5:00
Sun-Mon closed

Tags: , ,

Speaking of...

  • A pork-lover's paradise by the Fancy Pants Foodie

    June 26, 2014
    Time once again for an Eat Arkansas recipe spotlight, where we let chefs, home cooks, and fellow food lovers share their favorite recipes in their own words. In this spotlight: blogger and chef Christie Ison tells us all about a coffee-encrusted pork tenderloin with red-eye gravy that's sure to wake you up and make you happy. /more/
  • More »

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Daniel Walker

  • The Kraft Mac & Cheese Food Hack

    Recently, we held another food hack competition, taking another childhood classic, Kraft Mac & Cheese, and tried to turn it on its head, creating something entirely new and unique. Again, the results were pretty awesome. The rules were simple: Use a whole box of mac and cheese, both noodles and cheese powder, and turn it into any sinister monstrosity imaginable. We had a vote via the Eat Arkansas Facebook page to crown a winner. Here's what was submitted:
    • Jul 30, 2014
  • Food Feedback Friday: The "We need your vote!" edition know the drill with Food Feedback. Tell us what you're eating this week and what you thought about it. I love to hear all the suggestions and I'm frequently looking back through your recommendations to determine my next meal. So share away! Happy weekend, y'all.
    • Jul 25, 2014
  • More »

Most Shared

  • Not giving up on Fred

    We ended up adopting Fred due to his incorrigible stubbornness. Originally bred to track game, basset hounds can be amazingly persistent. It sometimes appears that when their noses are working, their hearing shuts down.
  • Private clubs win early closing battle

    Private clubs apparently have won their battle against earlier closing hours, based on a "compromise" revealed at the City Board meeting last night.
  • Prosecutors have all the power

    But little oversight. Is a violation not a violation if a prosecutor says, 'I didn't mean to'?
  • The Kochs, Tom Cotton and their dislike of helping farmers

    The Koch political lobby is trying mightily to pretend it supports American farmers and that Tom Cotton's vote against the farm bill isn't a measure of farm support. A new report from a Democratic organization blows that dishonest messaging out of the water.
  • Lawsuit says Crittenden Regional Hospital charged employees for health insurance premiums but never paid claims

    A lawsuit filed on Friday in the Circuit Court of Crittenden County alleges that at least beginning in 2014, Crittenden Regional Hospital (CRH) withheld money from employees' paychecks for health insurance premiums, but never actually paid the claims. That would potentially leave their employees on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in medical care they were told was covered by their health insurance. The practice may have dated back even further, said Denny Sumpter, the attorney for the plaintiffs.

Most Recent Comments



© 2014 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation