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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Three meat combo ribs were good sausage wasn't warm and casing was impossible to chew brisket was devoid of salt or pepper green beans and au gratin potatoes were good not the best BBQ but was decent
doug_wallace @ Baker’s Ribs, 2015-02-01 21:34:47
Loaded potato and a bolo sandwich potato was great as usual and bolo was knock out the park fantastic great quality and smoke on Texas toast with a touch of sauce it was perfection !
doug_wallace @ Fred’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-01-31 23:05:51
Got the fatty brisket, ribs, and a sausage link - was not disappointed. Not as much kick as advertised. Sides were meh. Great Q in small town environment.
Rahul Yaratha @ Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ, 2015-01-29 20:55:38
Had brisket , ribs and sausage all were very good.
Roman @ Live Oak Barbecue, 2015-01-29 19:23:58
A sliced and a polish sausage this place has the best brisket for 150 miles remind me why it's not in top 25
doug_wallace @ Angelo’s, 2015-01-29 00:15:31
Brisket was decent lean but smoky te sauce seemed like doctored up Kraft but a good twang id stop again
doug_wallace @ Woody’s Smokehouse, 2015-01-27 22:10:49
Beef ribs insanely good.
John Matteo @ Louie Mueller Barbecue, 2015-01-26 18:18:48
Great beef ribs
David Monasmith @ Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, 2015-01-26 02:18:46
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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 The ramshackle look of the building had an outdated “Bush/Cheney 2004″ sign in the front window and a sign on the door read “SHUT”.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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