Adventures in Texas barbecue. Want to stop the swine flu? Barbecue a pig! And remember, lettuce or spinach can kill you.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Riverport BBQ, Jefferson, Texas 6/20/14
sampled about 6 pm, 6/20/14
Another one of Scott's top 50 joints and another place we had sampled at the recent Red Dirt Festival in Tyler and at the Pitmaster's Picnic in Dallas. They had a $12.99 special on the 3 meat plate so I got that with no sides. Since I skipped the sides they gave me my sweet tea for free, which I thought was nice. Definitely a bargain, especially since this was the best meal I had on the whole trip. The brisket had deep smoke flavor and the fat was well rendered to melt in your mouth status. The pull apart test was spot on and the brisket was tender and moist. The ribs were equally nice but without any smoke flavor. Sausage was average. Scott liked the brisket so much he got an extra pound to go. The box they brought out was simply amazing. Click to enlarge for the full effect. That was a sight to behold.
Pitmaster Stephen Joseph recognized us from Red Dirt and Pitmasters Picnic (that was a first) and he stopped by to visit a bit. We had a nice BBQ chat and had a chance to thank him in person for the great food. Scott and I agreed this was the best food we had on this trip out of 17 places sampled.
I love barbecue. I always wanted to spend some vacation time sampling the best BBQ joints in Texas. A few years ago, my friend Scott and I started doing just that and we've been doing it every year since. We call it the "Calories and Cholesterol Tour". Since so many people were asking me about our experiences, I started writing them up. We are not expert eaters or writers. We just do this for fun and because we LOVE Texas BBQ. A note about our reviews. We tend to be "stealth" reviewers. We don't ask for pit tours or cooking techniques and we try to be discrete about taking photos til after we are done. We want to experience each meal as an average customer. If you know a great Texas BBQ joint we need to try, e-mail me at donotemp AT gmail DOT com. CLICK ON THE PHOTOS FOR A LARGER VIEW! I also have a separate bass fishing blog.