The Boy’s (Soon to Be) Back in Town
<div><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TkjhemEI7eI/UCf0k0sSMRI/AAAAAAAAI6w/IpsnBXPoGpI/s1600/Bo-Bo%27s+BBQ+01.JPG"><img border="0" height="149" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TkjhemEI7eI/UCf0k0sSMRI/AAAAAAAAI6w/IpsnBXPoGpI/s200/Bo-Bo%27s+BBQ+01.JPG" width="200"></a></div><br><span>SAN AUGUSTINE: Bo-Bo's BBQ<br>US Highway 96 south of 21<br>San Augustine, TX 75972<br>936-596-6592<br>Open ?</span><br><br>Update: This joint is <span>CLOSED</span>.<br><br>2012: Just south of San Augustine the road rises and atop the hill sits this red trailer. Even on this perch, the dirt driveway had captured plenty of the recent rains and we had to trudge through the mud just to get to the ordering window. The owner obliged with a request for a taste of the three meats and soon we had a plate of ribs, brisket and hot links on the hood of my car.<br><br><div><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pXMYgmJiG7E/UCf0lkfylmI/AAAAAAAAI60/Q3fNNluKUrw/s1600/Bo-Bo%2527s+BBQ+02.JPG"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pXMYgmJiG7E/UCf0lkfylmI/AAAAAAAAI60/Q3fNNluKUrw/s400/Bo-Bo%2527s+BBQ+02.JPG" width="400"></a></div><br>A dusting of dry rub that was mostly sugar graced the entire plate in Memphis style fashion. The hot links were the same cheap version served just down the road at San Augustine's other barbecue food truck, <a href="http://fcg-bbq.blogspot.com/2012/08/cowboy-chuck-wagon-bbq.html">Cowboy Chuck Wagon</a> (How is it that Dallas doesn't even have one?). Tender brisket was drowning in sauce, but it needed the flavor assistance. A thick spare rib had a heavy rub still clinging to half of it, the rest presumably slipping off. The meat still had some chew to it, but was white from edge to edge. There wasn't really a hint of smoke, and it tasted more like a pork chop than a rib. None of it was worth a wade through the mud.<br><br>Rating *
Paul Petersen, executive chef of
Cafe Cenizo at the Gage Hotel in Marathon, is scouting locations in Austin. So says a trustworthy source. Plans are to develop a second restaurant here in town, with Paul directing both it and the one at the Gage. Fantastic! Read up on Paul in our July story, here. And wish him luck.