Joel’s Bar-B-Q

1200 Slaughterhouse Rd.
Flatonia, TX 78941

Phone: (361) 865-2454
Hours: Sun-Thur 8-10, F 8-11
Website: joelsbarbq.com

Opened 1978
Method Gas-fired Rotisserie with Mesquite

TMBBQ Rating: 2

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Best holiday gift EVER! An amazing BBQ experience at Franklins with my loved ones. May each of you on the list enjoy the peace and joy of the season. Remember: Sharing is Caring.... So take a friend and try some great Texas BBQ.
Ruth Ann Few @ , 2014-12-21 14:19:20
Made a quick trip from SA to check on this place. Brisket solid albeit inconsistent. Pork ribs were good; sausage and potato salad okay. Overall solid Q place to stop by if you're driving on I-35.
Rahul Yaratha @ Cowpokes Texas Style Bar-B-Que, 2014-12-19 19:10:58
Famous Dave's tukwilla Washington this was closest place had the burnt ends it was like stir fried but pretty good the hot link was terrible cold and some kind of weird meat
doug_wallace @ Mr. K’s BBQ, 2014-12-18 00:43:44
Great ribs fall of the bone with a bite. Brisket was dry hard chewy.
Rudy Rodriguez @ Baker’s Ribs, 2014-12-17 02:15:19
I only had brisket and sausage, but it was very good. It is now on my repeat visit list. Brisket: flavorful bark, very moist and tender and excellent flavor. Jalapeño sausage: good snap, consistency and flavor. I would like it even more if it was a little more spicy.
Jeff Overton @ It’s All Good Bar B Q, 2014-12-14 02:28:17
Brisket - flavorful bark, very moist and tender, and excellent flavor.
Jeff Overton @ It’s All Good Bar B Q, 2014-12-14 02:20:51
Birthday lunch pound of sliced and to regular sausages he gave three ends it was fantastic and had cobbler and ice cream for dessert
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Closed.
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Review

September 17, 2013

Back in 1978 Joycelyn and her then-husband Joel Kubesch were smoking meat at area parking lots on the weekends. They then moved into this current building around 1980. Joycelyn runs the place now, but the building looks like it came from another century. A tin roof over a clapboard exterior houses the main part of the building. Stacks of misshapen stones held together by thick mortar make up the walls of what looks like an addition where logs act as window frames. The screen doors don’t do much to keep the heat out, but it doesn’t really matter since there’s no air conditioning. The big steel warming pit just behind the counter doesn’t do anything to cool things down. On a hot day it’s best to get your order to go, which is what I did.

Joels 01

The brisket was as dry as it looked. It was also lean and over-trimmed, but the flavor was good and there was plenty of smokiness from the mesquite. It would probably make a good chopped beef sandwich. Ribs were just mushy meat and a couple of clean bones. The rub was mainly sugar with a little salt for flavor. Given the lack of smoke, they must have been wrapped for a considerable portion of their cooking time. That would also explain how they got so overdone.

Joels 02

A beef and pork mix is used for their homemade sausage. It had plenty of black pepper and garlic, but it had barely a whiff of smoke. More time on the smoker would have given the casing a better snap too. Sides included simple baked beans and a serviceable potato salad. Luckily the homemade jerky was a good ending.

Joel’s convenient location along the interstate makes it a tempting stop. You can get a fine snack of jerky, a good link of sausage and probably a decent chopped beef sandwich too. I just wouldn’t travel too far if it’s ribs and sliced brisket that you’re after.

Comments

1 Comment

  • Redeemed says:

    The chopped beef sandwich is pretty tasty. That’s about it. Getting the top cut/wet/fatty (depends on what part of Texas you’re from) is FAR better than the lean; moist and tender, for the most part. However, still missing the good smoked taste. Usually some good bark, but it’s just missing that deep smoked flavor that most Texans love to love. The sides are all nondescript, but nothing’s “bad.” Counter manners are about as unpredictable as the meat, with some folks who work the counter somewhat friendly, while others appear to wish they were anywhere else but work. I’ve stopped at Joel’s 6 or 7 times over the past several years, traveling to and from Houston. I’d say that 3 of those times the brisket’s been good enough to have me make the short stop off of I-10 when the hunger light comes on … the other times, I wish I had walked over to the mexican food place adjacent to Joel’s. Roll the dice next time you’re driving by Flatonia, you might get some fairly decent BBQ .. .something to hold you over until you get home.

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