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Jambo’s BBQ Shack

In a brilliant flash of marketing genius, owner Jamie Geer created a spectacle of a sandwich that just aches to be photographed. The “Jambo Texan” is a stack of sliced and chopped brisket, pulled pork, smoked bologna, sausage and ribs all layered between two thick slices of Texas toast. With a couple of sides it should be able to feed a family of four, and it’s only $12. As a sandwich it’s completely impractical, but it has worked wonders to spread the word about this place via social media. It makes a statement, but if you try to get your face around the thing you’re left pretty much hopeless. We tried. But when it’s disassembled the parts can stand on their own.

City: Rendon


Method: Gas-fired Rotisserie

Pitmaster: Jamie Geer

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 5460 E. FM 1187, Rendon, Texas, 76028

Hours: Tues-Sat 11-sold out

Phone: (817) 478-2277

Website: jambosbbqshack.com

Year Opened: 2013

Last updated: July 29, 2013


  • Steve Myers

    I’m a big fan of the chopped beef. From San Diego to East Texas and the midwest to the Gulf, Jambo’s with Phillip on the crew features the best BBQ sandwich in the country. And Rendon out in the country on 1187 is just far enough away from the city to be close and at the same time far enough away to feel like the peace away from the storm. Its worth the drive for us and don’t forget the home made pickles. What a treat!

  • MarkCrouse

    Stopped in on 8/7 and got two two-meat combos. One ribs/brisket, other bologna/pulled pork for the wife. Ribs were divine and absolutely fantastic. Was bummed when I ate the third one and realized I was out already. I’m not usually a brisket guy, but based on Jamie’s past, had to give it a go. The slices were THICK, talking 1/2″ thick or larger. I did think it was a little dry, but the supplied sauce fixed that right up. Wife liked the bologna and I had the pulled the next day reheated and it was tasty as well. Cole slaw was not my style (I like really creamy or vinegary), his was more slaw than wet, if that makes sense. Thinking back, I heard the front counter lady say to someone that “we hardly had anyone yesterday, they all came today”. Made me wonder, did I get day-old brisket and that’s why it seemed dry? Regardless, I would go back in a heartbeat and kill it with the ribs. Peach cobbler was a tasty end to the meal. A must-try if you are in the area. Note they close at 7:00pm, or when they run out, so get there early.

  • Billy McNatt

    Feelin guilty eaten something this good. But always get over it. Don’t ever leave Rendon,Tx

  • Picked up my second order to go last night from the rendon location two lbs. Of sliced beef and I only get two tiny containers of bbq sauce. Why so small? Before I get some potato salad and it wasn’t good. Potatoes two big and very hard, guess I need to buy bbq somewhere else