Thursday, January 10, 2013

Jack Jordan’s Bar-B-Q

ODESSA: Jack Jordan's Bar-B-Q
2631 North County Road W.
Odessa, TX 79763
Open M-Sat 11-9

It was cold and raining, so we opted for the drive-thru here. It didn't look like we'd miss much of the character of this strip center barbecue joint either way.

It took only a few bites to realize that this was sub-standard barbecue. The smokeless brisket was poorly seasoned. The slices were little more than chewy pot roast. Thankfully the big spare ribs had some sauce, because the meat was so dry that it was fraying and the crust was visibly cracked. This wasn't even good barbecue for a drive-thru window.

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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.