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Smokin' J's Real Texas BBQ

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American, Barbecue
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Lunch, Dinner
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Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed July 9, 2021

Smokin' J's offered some authentic Texas styles bbq. Due to covid, they are only currently doing take out, but there is an outdoor seating area available. The smoked sausage was probably my favorite, although the pulled pork and brisket were good as well.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 30, 2021

I got a half-rack of ribs and it was amazing! I'm not usually too into ribs but this swept me off my feet. The two bbq sauce options were both wonderful, and the meat was perfect. I ate every bit that was on the bones.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 12, 2021 via mobile

Last minute decision that we wanted BBQ, turned out to be delicious. We ordered a half rack of ribs, beans, mac & cheese, and a half chicken and a soda. Total cost was less than $30. Not fall off the bone style ribs, but very...tasty. The chicken was moist and tasted great. Beans had nice sized pieces of brisket and the Mac & cheese was as advertised, basic but good. Don’t expect dine in. We did and we’re surprised to find it take out only or eat at one of their outdoor picnic tables. Reminded me of a BBQ shack you’d see in the south, rustic and simple, but great tasting.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed March 7, 2021

We had the pulled pork sandwich - big and delicious. For sides we had the green beans and cole slaw and baked beans - all good!

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed February 10, 2021

We stopped in for brisket and chicken sandwiches. The most lean and flavorful brisket I have ever eaten. My wife's chicken was very tender and flavorful too. They even offer free tap beer while you wait for your food. Definitely worth the price and drive.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed December 26, 2020

Wow! Ordered a 4 bone prime rib- 2 bones too many- don’t care! could be a new family tradition... what a fun carefree day - blessed 🎄😎 — in Smokin' J's Real Texas BBQ .

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed June 3, 2020 via mobile

I just finished one of the worst barbeque meals in my lifetime. Smokin' J's Texas Barbeque in Gulfport, FL needs to be thankful they're not in Texas serving that junk because, in Texas someone would open up a can of whoopass! In the mood for...some barbeque on a rainy night in St. Petersburg, I thought I'd get some Smokin' J's. I'd been twice before and was mildly pleased with their brisket. I always get moist brisket instead of the dried out, tough lean. I put in my order for moist brisket, potato salad and baked beans dinner. Upon getting home and opening the box my heart sank when I saw the brisket served up was lean and dry. I immediately called and spoke with Matt the manager telling him of my disappointment. He apologized and took my name saying he would make things right on my next visit. I honestly don't know what was more tasteless! The brisket. The potato salad. Or the white roll. One would guess the roll, but seriously, the other two were terrible. Brisket had no smoke on it. Potato salad didn't even give a hint of mustard and the roll was predictable. Folks, I spent ten years in Texas and have had some amazing brisket there. Don't be fooled by Smokin' J's claim of Texas barbeque. If you can find a Mission Barbeque location, go there. You won't be disappointed!More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed June 2, 2020

Since there presently is no Dine-In service due to Covid-19, we ordered meals to-go for a weekend lunch. Service at their walk-up window was friendly and efficient. Once our meals were ready, the attendant brought our package to our car. We opted for the sausage...plate and the pulled pork plate - accompanied by two sides each. All items were hot and delicious. Sauce choices were sweet or spicy - both were very tasty. We shall return for an additional Taste of Texas!!More

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

Smokin’ J’s is such a great bbq joint. Eat in the yard or get it to go. There is limited space inside. They have slabs that make your mouth water and super baked beans. My opinion, their coleslaw is good but not great. I think...they are closed on Monday. Better check on that.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 12, 2020 via mobile

Certainly not fancy, big takeout business. But, good quality ribs, juicy, good bark, not at all greasy. Nice sweet/hot sauce on the side added to the baked beans. Very friendly service. Would certainly go back and try other treats.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 31, 2019 via mobile

I took the family to Smokin’ J’s based on the great reviews in TripAdvisor. The restaurant is on Gulfport Blvd., outside of the downtown area. The restaurant does not look like much from the outside. We ordered the smoked brisket which comes with two sides....The food was delicious and the portions were generous. They offer a small selection of draft and bottled beers and soft drinks. While the food and service was excellent, this is really a take out restaurant, so it’s hard to rank it equal to the top dining spots in downtown Gulfport. Nevertheless it’s very good food and offers a nice change of pace if you’re in the mood for something different.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 9, 2019

Smokin' J's is the real deal. It's a little hole-in-the-wall where you can order to go or sit at a picnic table. The barbecue is the best. They also make their own pickles. The homemade ice cream has flavors you've never heard of before, but...you'll be going back for more.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 14, 2019

Good all the way around. Friendly, fast service. Lots of choices. Their ribs are to die for. Sit inside or outside.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 9, 2019 via mobile

We have eaten BBQ all across this country. This one is definitely in the top ten percent. My favorite was the ribs; my husband’s was the sausage and the brisket. There are only five indoor tables so you may want to go at off hours....They are closed on Monday and Tuesday. I’d drive out if my way to eat there againMore

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 9, 2019

We had the family of four dinner which consisted of ribs, chicken, pulled pork, rolls and we chose for our sides macaroni & cheese/green beans. Outstanding service and outstanding food!!! Extremely pleased! Not only was our service fast but we couldn’t believe all of the...food you got for the money. Great value!!! To top things off we got homemade ice cream which was an added special treat!! The employees went out of their way to make our dinner special! Best BBQ. Thanks!!!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Yes, Smokin' J's Real Texas BBQ offers takeout services.

Smokin' J's Real Texas BBQ is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4