Like a lot of great pitmasters, Chad Sessions will flat tell you he wasn’t very good at it when he started. He got better. Oh man, did he get better. Born in nearby Rockwall, Sessions lived for a time in Central Texas – which is where he understandably caught the barbecue bug. After about ten years, Chad and wife Jessica came back north with his smoking technique fully realized. Three years ago the couple built a small trailer, quit their jobs, set up their wonder-wagon in Royse City, and that’s where they’ve been cooking up a storm ever since.
Originally just down the road in the parking lot of a feed store, Smoke Sessions now sits on a piece of property barely west of downtown – just a short hitch off of I-30. Sessions is now turning dirt there for a future brick & mortar restaurant and the old trailer has been replaced by a newer, bigger one – but right now simple is definitely the word.
And the food is simply awesome.
I visited Smoke Sessions on a particularly raw day, but I like those because they tend to make the woodsmoke just smell even better. Grabbing my order, I settled onto a picnic bench and enjoyed my lunch on the table before me. Look, I don’t mind. If the barbecue is good, being cold and wet doesn’t bother me a bit – but this day, I forgot about the weather even faster than usual.