Friday, July 22, 2011

Johnson Street Smokehouse

GREENVILLE: Johnson Street Smokehouse
2810 Johnson Street
Greenville, TX 75401
903-455-8567 ‎
Open M-Sat 11-7

After disappointment in finding Ernie's closed, and a very bad experience at Big Baby's Bar-B-Q down the road, had us itching for some decent barbecue. Pulling into the Johnson Street Smokehouse parking lot just across the big bridge that leads into downtown, things were looking more promising. Both the building and sign looked tidy, but had enough age to look legit. There were also a few cars in the lot long after the prime lunch hour.

Ordering at the counter just inside the door, I could see all of the meats on display on the steam table. Meats could be ordered by the pound, so I opted for 1/2 pound of brisket. That is until they pulled out the gray hunk of roast beef. I quickly changed the order to 1/4 pound. I added some ribs and boudin to the order. The boudin was rough around the edge after a considerable drying out period. Ribs had been severely overcooked, and might as well not have bones at all. The meat could have been boiled just as easily as smoked given it's lack of flavor. Brisket had both undercooked fat and overcooked stewed meat. My guess is that this phenomenon comes form hours in a steam tray. Regardless the cause, the meat was awful. We didn't bother with sides, and left Greenville still hungry.

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1 comment:

Chris Wilkins said...

Great lede on your first Greenville story Daniel:

"There have been many disappointing BBQ road trips in my days, but this one to Greenville was possibly the worst."

Thanks for saving us a trip out there.......!


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.