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ssweeney's Review of Smokin Js | "Show us your pits"

One of these days they'll get me.  They'll make me change my way of cooking, and when they do, that'll hurt my product. The style of barbecue we have here in Lexington is very unique. I think it will start to fade away.

— Wayne Monk

Owner, Lexington Barbecue as quoted in Smokestack Lightning

ssweeney's Review of Smokin Js

Joint: 

Main Fare:

  • Brisket has clean flavor.  It could use a bit more time to render a velvet texture, but this is DARN GOOD brisket!
  • Huge, Flintsonian rib... but the time has been taken to finish it properly.  The right amount of rub does not overpower, but brings out rib flavor.  Nicely done.
  • Sausage is salty and greasy... but good.  Larger diameter than we've seen to this point -- or is it just the fact that the sausage is sliced on the diagonal?  We debate.

Other Fare:

  • Pork Tidbits - Trimmings off the rib have been seasoned and cooked on a grill.  These have a texture similar to "burnt ends" in Kansas City, but are grilled rather than smoked.  Very tasty offering.
  • Other sides are normally homeade, but today we are told they are store-bought... so we opt out.

Atmosphere:

  • His previous building burnt, and the rubble still remains on the lot next door.  He says that will eventually become parking for this structure.
  • This is a screened enclosure framed with 2x4's and corrugated tin.  Commercial fan combined with DIY misting system seems to work well in the high heat.
  • BYOB... so we all have a Shiner Bock with our barbecue.  Yum.
  • This place has a Harry's on the Loop vibe to it... I think the crew could hang out here all afternoon.  But we all realize that there are miles to go before we sleep, and eventually load up and move on.
  • I think this is about as good as it can be for what it is right now.  Give it a bit of time, and the atmosphere could be through the roof.  Keep up the good work!
Main Fare: 
7
Other Fare: 
6
Atmosphere: 
8

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