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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Brisket tacos and one polish sausage fantastic !
doug_wallace @ Angelo’s, 2014-09-21 01:18:36
Consistently awesome! Brisket is always tender and moist, though I'd rather they not cut off the tasty ends and edges. Sides are always delish... And the jalepeno sausage is awesome. Can never go wrong with Schoepf's.
dirkelps @ Schoepf’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2014-09-20 17:25:43
No Ten50 on the finder yet? Brisket was pretty good.
smokemaster0ne @ , 2014-09-20 16:20:42
Awesome brisket and ribs!
David Monasmith @ Pecan Lodge, 2014-09-19 18:10:20
Kent Black's BBQ. San Marcos. Brisket moist smokey an TENDER! Keeping up the family tradition.
Andrew Imm @ , 2014-09-19 18:10:13
Tender, good flavor, could use more smoke. Much better than the fast food barbecue down the street
charles hodge @ Big Boys Barbecue, 2014-09-19 18:04:52
Stanley's - Tyler Ribs - beautiful, perfectly pink. Soft, almost oddly mushy, but with a tasty sweetness that I enjoyed. Brisket - well cooked, tender, but a bit dry and not much smoke flavor at all. The bark was thin, as was the smoke ring. Overall good, but nothing to really make it stand out. Gets a 'meh' B from me.
Scott Jarvis @ Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, 2014-09-18 18:14:00
Had the brisket ribs and sausage all very good. Sides are over the top good. Smoked jalapeño app is amazing.
Roman @ Two Bros. BBQ Market, 2014-09-18 16:53:37
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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

  • Redeemed

    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.