Baby J’s Bar-B-Que & Fish

FM 2419 at U.S. 287
Palestine, TX 75801

Phone: 903-729-8402
Hours: Tue-€“Sat 11-€“8

Method wood

TMBBQ Rating: 2.5

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May 21, 2008

Pecan-smoked meats with dark, flavorful crusts are owner Jeremiah “Baby J” McKenzie’s game. It’s all good, so forget the sauce. Southern-style pulled pork provides a juicy wake-up call to jaded taste buds. Replace the usual sides with fried okra, turnip greens, and cornbread for a soul-food feast.


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beh_ffa @ Baby J’s Bar-B-Que & Fish, 2016-08-03 16:41:29
Bryan Daniel @ Baby J’s Bar-B-Que & Fish, 2014-12-13 16:29:04
Brisket, ribs and sausage all just mediocre.
BBQ_Snob @ Baby J’s Bar-B-Que & Fish, 2013-01-05 23:46:06
Southern cooking mixed with BBQ. Super juicy. Great cut of meat for the brisket. Good rub, but a hint of glu. Oils on the meats are so prevalent, they almost seem fake. Diabetics beware. The employees are super sweet but so is everything else. I would eat again soon, but I need to include a slight modification to my workout plan.
papi @ Baby J?s Bar-B-Que & Fish, 2012-09-24 10:50:42
Awesome ribs!
nathan914 @ Baby J’s Bar-B-Que & Fish, 2012-09-23 15:50:17
Didn't like the dry & fatty brisket or sausage
chief_vrvyfi @ Baby J’s Bar-B-Que & Fish, 2012-09-23 13:57:17
Love the ribs and sauce @ Baby J’s Bar-B-Que & Fish, 2012-09-23 13:32:18
I stopped by on my way home from Longview. Glad I did. Baby J and crew were hospitable and friendly upon arrival. So how was the product? In my humble opinion, the brisket was nicely prepared with a clear smoke ring, nice bark, good fat rendering and a flavor unique from central Texas 'cue. I do believe lower and slower might help with the moisture, as a few pieces were less than moist. Ribs were top notch as well.
robert_lerma @ Baby J’s Bar-B-Que & Fish, 2012-09-18 14:21:51
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May 14, 2009

Sweet Baby J’s may be a more appropriate name for this joint. The sauce was sweet, the greens were nearly candied, and the tea was downright syrupy. Even cut with half a glass of unsweet tea, this was liquid sugar that required a water chaser.

The meats were spared from a dose of sugar and got a good dose of smoke instead. The brisket slices had a good crust and a decent smoke line. The tender slices were moist and flavorful, if a little too fatty. The ribs were a tad chewy with an odd flavor created by being basted with sauce while being smoked with a combination of hickory, oak and pecan. The smokiness was there, but more time in the smoker could have added some tenderness and rendered the fat a little better. The spicy, dense sausage was incredible with a hefty amount of red and black pepper. The beef and pork mixture had a flavor similar to Italian sausage with a deep smoky twist.

Pulled pork is not usually found on a Texas BBQ menu, but this version was smoky and tender, piled high on a bed of pickles and onions and doused with the sweet sauce. The buttered bun tied this sandwich together, and it was quite good.

Out front are a bevy of smokers that vary from the tall rotisserie-style one pictured to a couple of offset steel smokers to the smoker housed inside a renovated camper. One of the owner’s friends was using the tall smoker to cater a prom dinner for his daughter and 23 of her friends. He looked busy.

The interior was sparse but homey, with wall murals painted by a local “artist.” Some of the smoke painted on the wall looked a lot more like Mr. Hankey than smoke bellowing from a fire.

Overall this joint is an interesting place to visit to get some distinctively flavored meats, and with a bit more time on the smoker, the meats could really be stellar.

(This review originally appeared on Full Custom Gospel BBQ.)



    Term papers says:

    The meats were spared from a dose of sugar, and got a good dose of smoke instead. The brisket slices had a good crust, and a decent smoke line. This Dish Look Quite Delicious. The buttered bun tied this sandwich together, and it was quite good.

    Best barbeque and fried catfish around. Very friendly folks. Love this place- we eat here whenever we get the chance!

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