Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Johnny T and B&B BBQ

Johnny T’s
2020 Ruth St
Sulphur LA

11:00 AM to 10:00 PM Everyday $2 to $13

This new venue is housed in the old Bonanza building. As I never went in there I can only say it is nice inside now. BBQ seems to be a major component here so I went with the Sampler Platter to get as many tastes as I could. It comes out with ribs, sliced brisket, pulled pork, regular sausage, and jalapeno cheddar sausage. You can order two sides. I opted for baked beans and Cajun corn. Also appearing was dill pickle, raw onion and Texas toast. The meats possessed a light smoke to them. The brisket has a slight smoke ring. It was tasty and fall apart tender. The pulled pork was juicy and tender. The ribs had a little tooth to them but great flavor. The regular sausage was good. The jalapeno cheddar proved flavorful but I could only eat several bites before the spice sent me packing. I am just a medium spicy guy not a chile head. I loved the sides though. They were great. The beans were cooked with the brisket trimmings and had that sweet/tart flavor I love. The corn was cobbettes that had been seasoned then fried to a perfect delicious sweetness. The bread used for the Texas toast was a sweet sourdough virtually soaked in butter. It came like French toast. I could have eaten it for dessert.

Next time in I started with Spicy Corn Nuggets. The combination of the sweet corn and the spicy chile flakes makes for a powerful bite. This is the kind of contrast I love to eat. I ate them all and enjoyed the pleasant after burn. I followed that up with a Seafood Combo. I got the Grilled Shrimp and Grilled Catfish with Cole Slaw and Potato Salad. That wonderful Texas toast comes along for the ride. Although I suspect the seafood was griddled, they possessed a wonderful coating of spice and butter while being perfectly cooked. The potato salad contained large chunks of what I considered undercooked potatoes, not my favorite. The cole slaw however tasted like it had just been tossed with a light mayonnaise sauce with vinegar punch, crunchy and not too cloying.

Last time was burger and onion rings, my favorite combo. The rings were thick cut (good) but heavily battered (bad in my eyes). I could only eat a few. The Bacon Cheeseburger was stupendous. A moist and tender patty (huge) topped with cheddar cheese and sturdy bacon with mayonnaise, thick sliced tomato and hunk of raw onion. It all came on a sweet sourdough bun. A singe bite with all the components made for an explosion of flavor in my mouth, everything a burger should be. A definite place to stop by if you are across the river at meal time

3584 East Napoleon
Sulphur LA

Monday to Friday 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM $1 to $15

The shack these people are in has a long history of being a take away venue. They also seem to be following the Five Guys model. There are five meats available on plates or po boys, drinks, and chips. This is it and all take away. I got them to give me a combo with all five meats. It took two boxes. The first held sliced beef, rice dressing, baked beans, cole slaw, sauce and a hunk of French bread. The beef was not brisket but roast beef. I was a bit dry and had no smoke to it. I mixed in the BBQ sauce (tomato base with a vinegar tang) and made a sandwich, good. The fine rice dressing had a definite liver note. The beans possessed bacon bites and tasty like I make it. The cole slaw was ok, a little too much mayonnaise for me. The second box contained dark chicken quarter, ribs, pulled pork and sausage. All had a dark heavy smoke on them (I suspect pecan). Chicken was moist and tender with tasty skin. Ribs were fall off the bone with excellent bark. Pork proved itself moist and tender. The sausage was OK.

All in all good BBQ and I would not hesitate to stop there again

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