HONDO: Billy Bob's Backyard Bar-B-Que
1905 19th St
Hondo, TX 78861
Open Sun-Thur 10-7, F-Sat 10-8
Update: This joint is CLOSED. Well, it might still be technically open, but after a recent trip to Hondo I was saddened to see that the smokehouse closed out back. With it went any semblance of decent BBQ. What they have now is sorry baked meat. Here's a photo example.
To anyone that visited here based on my review since the smokehouse trailer left, I truly apologize. Consider it closed because what they're doing ain't BBQ.
- BBQ Snob
2011: While the trailer out back is gone, a call to the restaurant confirmed that their BBQ operation has been moved into Billy Bob's Hamburgers, which sits along the highway just in front of the former trailer location.
2008: I pulled up to this little shack near closing time. The small take-out only building behind a hamburger joint was unimpressive, but I stepped up onto the small porch and placed my order through the sliding window. I ordered a two-meat plate, but I told the clerk that I didn't need any sides. He offered to give me just the meat for 1/2 the price, and I gladly accepted. A short while later a styrofoam container was passed through the window, and I was back in the driver's seat to try the meat. What a pleasant surprise awaited me below the lid. The tender brisket was a nearly perfect example of smoked meat. The smoke flavor was deep into each well rendered slice. The well formed smoke line was covered with a slight crust that added another depth of flavor. The ribs also had incredible smoke flavor beneath the beautiful deep red crust. The fat had been rendered thoroughly to create a perfectly tender rib with just the right amount of tooth required to release it from the bone. It should also be noted that just after I began to eat, the lights in the little shack went out. They were closed, and I had gotten the last order. The last meat of the day would be sub-par at most joints, but not here. This was quite a find for a little shack behind a burger joint in a tiny west Texas town.