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American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Reviewed July 26, 2019

Great food and great service every time.Pulled pork and hot wings are my favorite. Cant wait to try the homemade icecream

Date of visit: July 2019
BBQ33707, Owner at Smokin' J's Real Texas BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2019

So glad you enjoyed everything. Don't forget we have an ice cream social fundraiser on August 5th at 6pm

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