Circle J Bar-B-Que

Highway 79 & N. Main
Gause, TX 77857

Phone: (979) 279-0900
Hours: Fri - Sun varies

Opened 2001
Pitmaster Joe Hobbs
Method Oak and Pecan; Indirect-Heat Pit

TMBBQ Rating: 3

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I stop in here on way back from NE TX to Austin. Great brisket. Just right amount of smoke and tenderness. You will almost always see Kirby in back slicing brisket. You know you are in a place that wants you to taste most flavorful cut when they charge more for lean cut than moist.
Terry r @ Kirby’s Barbeque, 2015-03-30 04:47:07
Their beef sausage is fantastic. Brisket is not too bad either.
Terry r @ Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ, 2015-03-30 04:41:36
I really like the flavor and moistness of the brisket here. Sauce is also great.
Terry r @ Green Mesquite Barbeque and More, 2015-03-30 04:40:37
For some reason the location on the hill does not quite match the food quality on the 2222 lake location.
Terry r @ The County Line, 2015-03-30 04:39:13
Spare ribs were good.
brad_g. @ Off The Bone BBQ, 2015-03-29 00:10:27
First time and the slaw is AWSOME!
Ted hindes @ Off The Bone Barbeque, 2015-03-28 18:35:34
Arrived hungry, left with a hand cart (actually 2 lbs. of brisket & 2 lbs of pulled pork...maybe to share with my friends back home. "This is what real barbecue is!') While I was picking up my order I woofed down the pulled pork sandwich. Each bite was moist & smoked to perfection. I also had the smoked collard greens...I wish they sold these in the grocery store. The greens were done just right. Not over cooked to soggy mush, but with a slight crunch with a little pulled pork to boot. I'll be sure to visit when I'm back. I love this place.
Joe Ashbaugh @ The Granary ’Cue and Brew, 2015-03-28 16:59:54
Excellent brisket, flavorful and great tenderness.
Gabe sheffy @ Smitty’s Market, 2015-03-27 15:04:53
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Review

June 11, 2013

Over a year ago a friend of mine, Steve Dean, sent me a photo of this joint. The ramshackle look of the building had an outdated “Bush/Cheney 2004″ sign in the front window and a sign on the door read “SHUT”. Steve and I both assumed it was closed for good. Then I was driving from Hearne to Taylor along Highway 79 and saw smoke rising from behind the building. I pulled over to the gravel lot on the right just past Main Street and the sign on the door now read “OPEN”. My traveling companion and I were happy to check it out.

Circle J BBQ 01

Inside was a counter where owner Joe Hobbs took our order. We sat at one of two long tables in the tiny dining room and gazed at the anti-Obama, anti-gun control, and anti-terrorist (who isn’t?) artwork hanging on the walls. We mulled over adding a raw jalapeño to our order for an extra $0.20, but thought better of it. Joe was back soon enough with our plate of meat since we didn’t have room for sides.

Circle J BBQ 02

The spare rib was enormous with a crust black as coal. The meat tasted like it had gotten a second dose from the smoker to warm it up, and the meat was dry. It also lacked seasoning, and that was not remedied by a swipe through the overly sweet sauce. A thick slice of brisket was better. It could have used a kick of salt too, but the meat and fat were both tender and the smokiness was more balanced than the rib. A link of ruddy sausage was the best item on the plate. Joe said it was Texas Chaw sausage made in nearby Caldwell. These links had been well smoked with a great snappy casing. The meat within had a nice coarse grind and some heat from red and cracked black pepper. It was juicy and just plain great sausage.

I can’t guarantee it will be open if you stop by on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday since the hours vary. What I can guarantee is that you’ll need cash, you’ll want to leave your Obama/Biden bumper sticker hidden from view, and you need to get some of that sausage.

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