Saturday, February 20, 2010

Junek's Barbecue

COLLEGE STATION: Junek's Barbecue
14895 Fm 2154 Rd

College Station, TX 77845


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Junek's is located on the south side of College Station, so far from campus that it feels like you're out in the country. I had the only car in a gravel parking lot full of trucks. I was only given a few odd looks while walking in with a camera slung over my shoulder.

Sliced pork was on the menu, so we added it to the standard ribs and brisket. We found a seat and watched some college basketball while waiting for our order to be called. All of the meats on the plate suffered from the same overwhelming flavor of a rub so heavy in black pepper, and so heavily applied that it made me cough. This was highlighted most on the ribs which had little smokiness, but good moistness and tenderness. The rub was a little more subdued on the brisket, but bites without the crust had good smokiness and pleasing flavor. The moist sliced pork was the best offering with a decent level of smokiness and good overall flavor. It's low surface area allowed the meat flavor to shine through over the black pepper.

Rating ***

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Dave -nibbleanibble said...

As a blogger, people always look at you when you have a camera with you. It's natural I guess...

Don O. said...

You can always go with a smaller camera. I have a little pocket sony that takes nice photos. Most places I go to never notice that I take pictures of my meal.

Anonymous said...

Just an FYI... I was scrolling through your two star reviews and noticed this one comes up in the 2 star list even though it has 3 stars given to them (Junek's BBQ). In the grand scheme of things it seems silly to comment on but my OCD wins every time.

Keep up the great work Daniel!



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.