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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Cool little place, quintessential small town joint. Ribs - tremendous flavor of smoke with a touch of sweetness. Terrifically done as they were tender but clung nicely to the bone. Brisket - outstanding. Great smoke with just enough salt for flavor. Nothing overpowering, just tender, smokey goodness throughout. I now see why this gets dubbed best in easy Texas. Nothing keeping it from being an A in my book!
Scott Jarvis @ Joseph’s Riverport Barbeque, 2014-08-20 18:47:26
Cool little place, quintessential small town joint. Ribs - tremendous flavor of smoke with a touch of sweetness. Terrifically done as they were tender but clung nicely to the bone. Brisket - outstanding. Great smoke with just enough salt for flavor. Nothing overpowering, just tender, smokey goodness throughout. I now see why this gets dubbed best in easy Texas. Nothing keeping it from being an A in my book!
Scott Jarvis @ Joseph’s Riverport Barbeque, 2014-08-20 18:47:26
Perfect brisket. Moist, tender, melt in your mouth. Smoke, meat, salt and pepper. Get there early if you want something other than brisket. They were sold out of ribs, turkey and sausage by 1:30. They were slammed the day we were here so we had to bus our own tables to have a seat...the only blemish on an otherwise perfect meal.
Marcy Newman @ Joseph’s Riverport Barbeque, 2014-05-18 15:22:43
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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