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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Lamb Ribs and leave, top it off With six pack of Dos Equis, then get back to doing cowboy shit.
@ Gonzales Food Market, 2015-02-26 20:48:48
Ribs and brisket will not disappoint, sausage was pretty soggy, topped off with a Lonestar, please none of the snooty shit, this place gets a 8.
@ City Market, 2015-02-26 19:22:36
Ribs and brisket will not disappoint, sausage was pretty soggy, topped off with a Lonestar, please none of the snooty shit, this place gets a 8.
@ City Market, 2015-02-26 19:22:34
Starting to get full...pea salad and brisket are a 7
@ Luling Bar-B-Q, 2015-02-26 18:58:52
The best pit presentation I've been to, peppered sausage and brisket are the best on their menu.
@ Kreuz Market, 2015-02-26 18:26:27
Sausage is the best I have ever had, I bought $100 worth to take home, brisket and ribs are marginal, the wistful value of the smoke pits is out of this world.
@ Smitty’s Market, 2015-02-26 17:25:04
Everything here is good, sausage was a little greasy, spare ribs looked dry but they were packed with flavor, brisket was text book Texas style...
@ Black’s Barbecue, 2015-02-26 16:17:02
Beef Rib was a tad salty, but cooked to perfection, sausage greasy but good, nothing is perfect so I give this place a 8.5...La Beef a Loca....
@ La Barbecue, 2015-02-25 19:40:20
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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 The ramshackle look of the building had an outdated “Bush/Cheney 2004″ sign in the front window and a sign on the door read “SHUT”.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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