Perk’s Bar-B-Que

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In Search of Brown Gravy Sauce

The ways Texas barbecue is prepared and presented varies quite a bit across the state. Most people know that each region of the state–Central, West, the Piney Woods–has its own style, but within these broad geographical regions, you can find cooking methods and menu items that are hyper-specific to a certain area. Consider the onion rings and apricot puree of the Panhandle or the fatty all-beef links of Southeast Texas. But I want to focus on an area around…

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Perk’s Bar-B-Que

Melissa Perkins grew up in Colbert, Oklahoma just across the Red River from Texas around the same time that the legendary PO Sam had his barbecue joint along Franklin Street in Colbert. A friend of hers worked at the barbecue joint, so when she took her friend to PO Sam’s after school she’d get a barbecue sandwich as payment for the ride. That’s where Perkins developed an affinity for Sam’s barbecue, and more importantly for his…