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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Comments from our joint finder app.
Great ribs today. Perfect smoke and candied on the outside
Craig Hutchinson @ Tyler’s Barbeque, 2014-10-24 05:08:08
A little expensive but still good.
Mark Myers @ Iron Works BBQ, 2014-10-21 17:40:17
Good brisket and slaw. Always a good sign when the sides are good.
Mark Myers @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que & Catering, 2014-10-21 17:39:02
I enjoyed one of the best nuggets of brisket at this little hidden gem. This is what brisket was intended to taste and look like
Andrew Sanderson @ Miller’s Smokehouse, 2014-10-20 17:53:27
Pork ribs are the main attraction here and rightly so. Great bang for your buck as tons of meat and less bone; always a good thing. Brisket was good; sides solid. Friendly service and definitely a must visit spot in Houston.
Rahul Yaratha @ Virgie’s Bar-B-Que, 2014-10-18 19:52:59
Had a chopped with gravy disappointed after the good BBQ down the street
doug_wallace @ Jasper’s Bar-B-Que, 2014-10-18 14:16:27
Large combo brisket sausage and ring bologna with gravy fantastic !
doug_wallace @ Tony DeMaria’s Bar-B-Q, 2014-10-18 14:11:24
Great brisket and pork tenderloin
David Monasmith @ Lockhart Smokehouse, 2014-10-18 02:01:31
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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 The ramshackle look of the building had an outdated “Bush/Cheney 2004″ sign in the front window and a sign on the door read “SHUT”.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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