Joseph’s Riverport Barbecue

201 N. Polk
Jefferson, TX 75657

Phone: 903-665-2341
Hours: Tue–Sat 11–7, Sun 11–2

Opened 1993
Pitmaster Stephen Joseph
Method Post oak; indirect-heat pit
Pro Tip The Swamp Fries best all other cheese fries.

TMBBQ Rating: 4.5

Texas Monthly BBQ Top 50


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Good brisket--thick moist slices. Crust was thin and not crunchy with less smoke layers than you see in central Texas BBQ. Sausage had a great taste/consistency even without the snap of skin. Potato salad--good, homemade. BBQ beans...ho-hum, canned maybe? 2 meat plate is a lot to eat. 1/2 swamp fries will be a to-go! Overall a good stop!
bbqueen @ Joseph’s Riverport Barbeque, 2013-11-14 16:24:26
One of best in all of Texas. Stands out even more in East Texas.
Robert Lerma @ Joseph’s Riverport Barbeque, 2013-06-28 18:55:50
East Texas finally has a quality bbq spot. Stephen does magic with that Bewley smoker and brisket. The fatty brisket is the best I've ever had in East Texas, and ranks right up there with the rest of the state. Go support this place; it's worthy of all the praise, and he's a super nice guy, too!
cristian @ Joseph’s Riverport Barbeque, 2013-06-20 01:47:31
Super moist brisket. Pork rib tasted of wild boar but tasted good.
John Brotherton @ Joseph’s Riverport Barbeque, 2013-06-10 15:30:29
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May 15, 2013

A devastating fire in 2012 destroyed all but the thin brick facade of this joint, which faces Polk Street in downtown Jefferson. But once the flames were extinguished, owner and pitmaster Stephen Joseph started rebuilding, and seven months later he was christening the new Bewley smoker. The refurbished interior is now decorated with all manner of farm implements and just enough but not too many mounted animal heads. Place your order at the far end…

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