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Johnny’s Bar-B-Q

The smoke was thick coming out of the Oyler smoker in the back of this joint, and the neon was bright over the door as we entered. Toward the back of the room was a long cafeteria style counter with the meats on display, but the bright red heat lamps did little to make it look appetizing.

The stringy dryness of the ribs was startling. These long thin spare ribs had dry meat and a drier crust covered in salt. There wasn’t much to like. A fatty commercial sausage had been split open and warmed on the flat top. Chewy brisket with large white orbs of unrendered fat didn’t make for a pleasant meat finale. Not even the sauce could help this stuff.

City: Midland

Cuisine:

Price: $$

Rating: ★★

Address: 316 N. Big Spring, Midland, TX, 79701

Hours: Mon-Thur 11-7, Fri & Sat 11-7:30

Phone: 432-683-4581

Last updated: May 3, 2013

Reviews

  • Doug

    Since the original owner and namesake Johnny Hackney passed away, the quality has gone down hill. Its really sad because Johnny’s was once a BBQ staple here in West Texas.