OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Simple. Fresh. Value. That's what the owners of Dean's Restaurant and Bakery want you to think of when you eat their food.
This week's Foodie Friday features the restaurant's Oak Ridge location and the Texas style beef brisket.
At first glance, it may look like a slab of fat but the Texas style brisket melts in your mouth when it's cooked. The eight to ten pound brisket goes into a smoker for about 12 to 18 hours.
"It took two or three runs to really get it right, but I feel like we've got it right now, everyone really loves it," said owner Dean Russell.
Regular customers like Wendell Laughter added, "It's juicy, it's cooked perfect, good flavor, if you think of a perfect beef brisket, what's not to like."
East Tennessee may not be the first area that comes to mind when thinking of Texas style beef brisket.
"You know in Texas they eat a lot more beef in their BBQ than Tennessee. Memphis is famous for their pork. Texas is famous for their beef," said Russell.
Russell gives his brisket a touch of Tennessee flair with a homemade red sauce. In addition to being a restaurant, Dean's is also a bakery.
"We have meringue pies, we have a chocolate meringue pie, a lemon meringue pie, a coconut meringue pie those are all homemade and fresh made."
Every item on the menu is an extension of family recipes.
"My mother she used to fix this unbelievable pot roast and so we've got that on the menu. Chicken and dumplings my Grandmother used to make great chicken and dumplings so we have chicken and dumplings. We try to do em' right and try to stay true to the Southern Appalachian food."
Dean's in Oak Ridge is located in historic Jackson Square. They also have a restaurant in Fountain City located at 4721 Old Broadway, Knoxville, TN.