Pig & pie at Three Sams BBQ Joint | Rock Candy

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pig & pie at Three Sams BBQ Joint

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 11:04 PM


Let me just cut to the chase here. Get out your calendars. Pick a day. Write these words: “Go to Three Sams and eat peanut butter pie.” Then, make this happen.

Now, let me back up just a bit.

Three Sams is a popular barbecue joint located in Mabelvale. It’s not quite as old as it’s ancient exterior makes it appear to be, but it’s been around long enough to gain quite a reputation in these parts for solid working man’s fare and honest, affordable lunches. It’s easy to find Three Sams, really—there aren’t too many similarly converted houses in this town with plumes of intoxicating meat smoke billowing from their back porches. Recently I joined a group of friends for lunch, making this my first time at the barbecue joint.

To say that portions are generous at Three Sams is a grave understatement—these are nothing short of colossal. But brush aside all your moral judgments and social commentary on excess in the American diet and just eat your food. You don’t have to eat it all—take some home. You’ll likely have leftovers for a week.

Most of my companions ordered barbecue. And so, shortly after we sat down, heaping plates of pork and sauce found themselves weighing down our table. Jaws dropped at the size of the meals soon to pass through their orifices, but all were smiling. I think most enjoyed their 'cue—they enjoyed it enough to forget to offer me a sample, and most mouths were quiet and dripping with sauce for at least a solid 20 minutes.

The loaded foot long at Three Sams
  • The loaded foot long at Three Sams

But barbecue was not on the menu for me that day. You see, I’ve a friend — who I’m fairly certain has a death wish for me — who has been hounding me for months about this “legendary” chili dog…excuse me, a “foot-long loaded chili cheese dog.” Never one to turn down a challenge, I ordered up and soon found myself behind one of the most gargantuan masses of tubed meat and chili humankind will bear witness to. Ladles of meaty, red chili (few beans, mostly beef—the way I prefer it), a fat, flavorful hot dog with a circumference roughly the size of my arm (slight exaggeration), cheese, onion, mustard, jalapeños, and slaw. The side of Lay’s chips on the plate seemed be laughing at me as I scanned over my plate. But I ate through my doubt and fear and came out victorious. It was a good dog, I loved the chili. I probably would have left the slaw off, as it was a bit watery and not needed. And the chips were Lay’s — nothing special. I’d highly encourage you (if your stomach can bear it) to sub out for their fabulous, golden brown onion rings.

Peanut butter pie at Three Sams
  • Peanut butter pie at Three Sams

Which brings me to the pie. What a beautiful slice she was. It’s a chilled pie with thick and cool peanut butter mousse topped with crunchy roasted peanut halves and chopped peanut butter cups. It manages to feel dense and light at the same time, salty and sweet, smooth and crunchy — it’s altogether a blissful eating experience. This was, beyond all doubt, the highlight of everyone’s meal that day. This pie overshadowed pig, potato, and everything else on that table. This is why you must to make a trip to Mabelvale…soon.

Three Sams BBQ is located at 10508 Mann Road, Mabelvale. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 pm. Wednesday through Friday.

Pork sandwich and ribs plate at Three Sams
  • Pork sandwich and ribs plate at Three Sams


Tags: , , , , ,


Comments (8)

Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-8 of 8

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

    Alrighty...you 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
  • Looking in on the new Le Pops, now in the Heights

    Le Pops is a wonderful addition to the Heights neighborhood. Laurie Harrison is incredibly dedicated to her product, she still works here 7 days a week and is constantly experimenting in the kitchen to develop new flavors. Check them out the next time you need a cool down.
    • Jul 24, 2014
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Coming Monday: Little Rock Black Restaurant Week

    MoTown Monday is Ceci's Chicken and Waffles. Tasty Tuesday is Sims BBQ and Brewster's Soul Food Cafe. Wing Wednesday is Chicken King and Chicken Wangs. Soul Food Thursday is Lindsey's BBQ and Hospitality House and Food Truck Festival Friday is @station801. It's the first Black Restaurant Week.
    • Mar 8, 2017
  • New music from Isaac Alexander

    New music from Isaac Alexander.
    • Jul 14, 2017
  • No Small Talk Ep. 8: Katy Henriksen, Springs Arts preview

    A packed episode this week of "No Small Talk": a chat with Katy Henriksen, from Of Note on KUAF; Stephanie Smittle breaks down the Spring Arts issue; and we finish up with just a tiny bit of Oscar chatter.
    • Mar 9, 2018

Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation