Wright's Barbecue in Little Rock?

Wright's Barbecue in Little Rock?
Jordan Wright, owner of Wright's Barbecue (Meredith Mashburn / NWABJ)

Like anyone else, we love a good slab of smoked meat. So we were intrigued when Wright’s Barbecue hinted on Twitter last week that a Little Rock location was imminent.

That tweet, which included the symbol of a geo-location pin, said simply, “Little Rock.”

The restaurant, led by Jordan Wright, a Little Rock native and former Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale employee, already has popular locations in Fayetteville and just off the Bentonville Square. It began as a food truck and is known for smoking meats in pecan wood sourced in Arkansas. Its first brick-and-mortar location opened in 2017.

Last summer, Wright caught the attention of The Wall Street Journal when, as an era of name, image and likeness deals dawned in college sports, he signed marketing deals with the entire Arkansas Razorbacks offensive line.

Now, he’s causing a buzz in Little Rock. When we asked the restaurant whether a specific site had been chosen, Wright’s email reply was succinct:

Wright later told Whispers he’s “definitely planning on moving south soon” but that he did not want to reveal further details.

Whatever the plans, they’re apparently in the very early stages. A search of Little Rock business permits found none filed under the restaurant’s name or its owner’s.

Still, if you were to ask us how we feel about the prospect of a Wright’s in Little Rock, our reply would simply be: