A Texas legend meets a great Texas pastime at this fun roadside attraction. Meet Texas Jack, a jackalope-shaped smoker in Denton, Texas.
Texas Jack is a real, working, barbecue pit shaped to resemble a mythical jackalope. It is ten-feet tall, weighs 3,600 pounds, and can smoke a great deal of Texas barbecue.
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What is a jackalope? The jackalope is a mythical North American animal often described as having the body of a jackrabbit with the horns of an antelope. The name is a portmanteau of the two creatures: jackrabbit and antelope.
The smoker belongs to Joe Amos Amyx, who won his first BBQ Cookoff competition in 1977, taking home the blue ribbon at the North Texas State Fair in Denton.
The giant jackalope bbq has removable antlers to make him transform into a mild-mannered bunny. His tail that opens to hold the fire, the belly stores the cooking meat, the ears let out steam, and an…appendage…between his back legs lets out the grease.
If it’s not cooking up at a competition, you can find this jackalope-shaped smoker near Denton Square (right down the street from the Atomic Candy muffler men heads). It’s fenced off in a yard, so you can’t get too close. But there’s a good view from the street.
If you love jackalopes, be sure to check out these other roadside attractions: Big Jackalope on a Roof in Fort Worth, Texas; Fiberglass Jackalope at the Jackalope Bar in Austin, Texas; and the jackalope at Wall Drug in South Dakota.
Texas Jack: Jackalope Smoker
Address: 123 E Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always Visible