PLEASANT VIEW — It doesn’t take long to figure out there’s some true pit barbecue nearby upon walking into Lost Texan BBQ in Pleasant View. And that’s just how co-owner Marti Hammon wants it.
“There’s something about that smell that just brings a feeling of goodness,” Hammon said.
Hammon was born in raised in a suburb of Houston, Texas, and remembers driving the country roads with her dad looking for the smokestacks and a picnic table so they could get some authentic Texas barbecue. “That was my childhood,” Hammon said.
When she moved to Utah as an adult, she soon found there weren’t any smokestacks with pit barbecue to be found. The Hunstville resident made her own — with her own special sauce.
“The sauce is really what got me into this whole debacle,” she said. Friends and family loved her sauce, and in 1991 she opened Lost Texan Cafe in Huntsville. The restaurant was only open for a couple of years when she and her then-husband got divorced, and she had to walk away from her beloved barbecue.
But people still inquired about the food and her special sauce, so Hammon said she did a lot of catering of side, about 15 years’ worth.
Because of the popularity of the catering — plus, she and her now-husband wanted to have a brick and mortar store — they opened Lost Texan BBQ, located at 1144 W. 2700 North, Pleasant View, in July of 2015.
The couple just celebrated their one-year anniversary and couldn’t be happier with how things are going.
“We are busy and it is hard work, but we love it,” she said.
If you go:
Lost Texan BBQ
Where: 1144 W. 2700 N., Pleasant View
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m, – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, closed
Her specialty is sliced beef brisket, but they also serve chopped brisket, chicken quarters, shredded chicken sausage and pulled pork with ribs on the weekend. Hammon jokes that she is the Texas side, and her husband James is the North Carolina side.
“We added the pulled pork after we visited our son at Camp La Jeune, and we fell in love with the barbecue there,” Marti said. “I fought it for a while, because pork is kind of anti-Texan. We are beef lovers. But my husband created the recipe, and everyone loves it.”
So Lost Texan Cafe has a regular Texas-style barbecue sauce, a Carolina sauce with a vinegar-mustard base and spicy versions of both.
The couple sell their meats by the pound, and everything is from scratch, Marti said.
“I don’t have a microwave in the building,” she said. “If we run out of potatoes we just have to make more. Sometimes that makes people mad, but I want everything fresh.”
She loves the sides they offer including special ranch-style potatoes loaded with bacon, cheese and ranch flavoring, homemade mac and cheese, coleslaw and potato salad. “We try to use local businesses in everything we do,” Marti said. The bread is from Topper Bakery, the meat from local merchants, they even sell locally-made soda from Bandit Beverages.
“This is a team effort,” Marti said of her James working together. She is currently going to school at Weber State University, and the two help and support each other with everything they do. James loves talking to the customers and is friendly as they come in, talking and telling people about the place.
“I’m a nurturer by heart. I want to see you eating and see that you enjoy it. If you don’t like it we will find out. I guarantee you will leave satisfied,” Marti said.