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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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
doug_wallace @ 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
Seriously? If you must-order the catfish. Otherwise, keep driving.
bbq_daddy @ Baby J’s Bar-B-Que & Fish, 2012-08-30 19:17:26
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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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