Brock Hyland

Two very large barbecue pits have appeared recently in the parking lot of a commercial property at 801 W. Markham St. in Little Rock. Locals and frequenters of that end of Markham might recognize the building as the old Sabin for Mayor headquarters, as indicated by the aging sign that has adorned the top of the building since 2018. I first got a read on these unusual additions from a Facebook post Tuesday night by The Mighty Rib, and as soon as I saw the post I jumped in the truck to check them out for myself.

Upon inspection Tuesday night, the barbecue pits appear to be 1000-gallon offset smokers made by Primitive Pits out of Coal Mountain, Georgia — the same ones used by Knightfire Craft Barbecue in Searcy, Ray’s Rump Shack in Jonesboro and Ridgewood Brothers BBQ in Russellville.  A quick look at Primitive Pits’ Instagram appears to show these same smokers in a post from May 23, though no clues were given about the restaurant to which they were headed.

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Brock Hyland

While I was snooping around the place, I peered into the window of the building. It’s hard to tell how much progress has been made, but interior improvements to the large dining room are afoot. There’s even a soda fountain machine sitting in the middle of the floor.

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Further sleuthing of publicly available records shows a plumbing permit was submitted on May 16 and approved on May 23 for one Back Home BBQ, located at 801 W. Markham Street. No other details were provided.

Brock Hyland

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One thing I know for certain: These types of large, offset, live-fire barbecue pits are usually a tell-tale sign of a brisket joint. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.