Friday, July 30, 2010

Joe's Barbeque Co.

ALVIN: Joe's Barbeque Co.
1400 East Highway 6

Alvin, TX 77512


Open Daily 11-10

Joe's is no doubt designed for the weary traveler. They have a huge parking lot, plenty of seating, a wide menu, and a gift shop to boot. Did I just step into the BBQ version of Cracker Barrel? NO matter, my wife was happy with her order of a CFS sandwich.

Although it was bathed in a sweet thinnish sauce, the meat overall was pretty good. Pork ribs had a thick rub with good flavor, and plenty of smoky bark despite the sauce. The meat was tender without being overcooked. Too little meat of the beef ribs doomed them from the start, and they just had too little smokiness and seasoning to be pleasing. Brisket was better than expected, with a great black crust and a hefty smokering. Bites outside of the crust had little smoke, but each slice was moist, and perfectly tender, but had unfortunately been trimmed of all their fat. A side of potato salad was forgettable, but the smoky beans and crispy cole slaw rounded out the plate. If I was taking the backway from Houston to Galveston again, I surely stop here rather than Central Texas Style BBQ up the road.

Rating ***
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1 comment:

Paul Sedillo said...

Great review and I loved this line "Did I just step into the BBQ version of Cracker Barrel?.


Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.