Yeah, yeah, I’ve reviewed Jones’ BBQ before, quite some time ago actually. And, if my swiss related memory served me correctly it came to 3 different times spanning from 2004 ending in November of 2005. Never was able to get anything worth finishing, toss. No smoky goodness, sauce that over powered by the 3rd bite and lackluster sides. Oh the horrors!
Wait a minute, wait just a goldarned minute. Uh, if we use math, that’d be over 5 years ago. Really? Honestly, it only seems like a few years ago. I just went back and checked, yup. It was nearly 6 years ago I last stopped by. Seems only fair I give them another shot, eh? Besides, I was pale & shaking from lack of food and this hillbilly was hungry!
As you can see, this here is California BBQ. It comes slathered in sauce. Sure, I could have asked for it on the side and they would have gladly obliged me, not a problem. But wanted to see how it came without my direction, next time it’s sauce on the side. And, was a little disappointed to see hunks of chicken breast instead of chicken parts. The way I figure it, they were probably out of parts and made do with what they had on hand, totally acceptable.
The sauce has changed greatly over the last 5+ years, far thinner with some sweet action followed by a nice bite of vinegar. It was good, not over powering. And you know what? Each and every bite had smoky flavors! That’s right folks, smoky love was present this time. Each and every bite of chicken and ribs were tender and smoky. The rib meat came from the bone with a tug, chicken had good texture. I ordered a side of tater salad and beans, they were fine. Nothing to write home about and could have used 3 packets of hot sauce on top. But brother, or sister, I wasn’t there for the sides. It’s all about the meat!
To sum it all up, this 2 way combo of chicken & ribs totally didn’t suck. A bit pricey at 22 bux, but I suppose that’s pretty much standard for the San Francisco Bay Area. If you’re local and haven’t been or haven’t been in a while, stick your neck in the door and have a try. I’ll be back and will see how their fried chicken is doing. I enjoyed it the last time, I remember Chilebrown wasn’t impressed though. MMmMm, fried chicken.
3550 San Pablo Dam Road #B3
El Sobrante, CA 94803