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“OMG -- Great barbecue and sides”

Smokin' J's Real Texas BBQ
Ranked #5 of 40 Restaurants in Gulfport
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Bethesda, Maryland
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131 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“OMG -- Great barbecue and sides”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2014

We took out ribs, pulled pork, coleslaw, beans, and macaroni and cheese. All were delicious, with the exception of the bland mac and cheese. The pulled pork and barbecue sauce, in particular, were outstanding. Went back a second time during our five-day visit to Gulfport.

  • Visited April 2014
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Illinois
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“First timers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014

We did takeout...we live nearby. Unbelievable portions for price paid. The chicken was unbelievably juicy. The BBQ sauces excellent. The sides all very good. The ribs, alas, were overdone. We are willing to forgive this one last bit, suspecting we may have just hit upon an unfortunate timing. We'll give it a try again....if the ribs are overdone again, we will re-review it accordingly.

Visited March 2014
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Yorkshire, New York
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Yum!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014

Its not easy to miss this place as it is right on the main drag. I ordered a pork brisket with baked beans. Done just right. We sat outside. A bit noisy with traffic and such as we were there when school let out. Good BBQ and hope to return someday when we get back to Gulfport.

  • Visited March 2014
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Mesa, Arizona
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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Best BBQ on the Gulf”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

Upon the request of one of our family members, I searched for a BBQ place near Treasure Island and found very few that were strictly devoted to BBQ. We arrived at Smokin J's to see a small house turned restaurant with a take out window and smoke shack in the "garage". The owners, John and Lisa, were manning the place and were very helpful in recommending dinners for our party of 6. Lots of choices for a small, family run kitchen. We found a table (I think there were maybe 5 total tables inside and several picnic tables outside as well), and before long our dinners started being delivered to us. Though they were not delivered all at once, those without food could munch on the delicious pickle chips provided at the tables. Everyone was pretty much awestruck by their dinners. The portions were huge and everything had a great smoky tenderness to which we added our own choice of sauce at the table. I had a sample platter that included ribs, brisket and pulled pork. All amazing! The side choices were 50/50 as far as taste. The coleslaw and BBQ beans were everyone's favorites. The Jalapeño cornbread muffins were great. The regular baked beans, rolls provided and potato salad, frankly, were not great. Not that it mattered much since we were there for MEAT, PORK and CHICKEN and we got plenty of that!
We ended up taking home a full box of food, so we certainly could have shared a few entrees and been fine. Our only complaint was that it was so good, we all ate too much and had some tummy aches that night....completely our own fault but how can you stop when it is that good!

  • Visited March 2014
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Minneapolis, MN
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112 reviews
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“Outstanding!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2014

The six of us were all craving some southern barbeque when our google search pulled up Smokin J's and we were not left disappointed. This is not a fancy place but the food all but makes up for it. We had the sampler plate, the quarter pound of everything sandwich, sausage and chicken. Everything from the ribs, brisket, pulled pork was delicious. The table was unusually quiet while we stuffed our faces. We came home with an abundance of left overs which we plan on eating for lunch today. John and Lisa do a fabulous job, you will not be disappointed.
Warning: pace yourself...

  • Visited March 2014
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