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Pok-e-Jos Smokehouse

9828 Great Hills Trl, Austin, TX 78759-6391
+1 512-338-1990
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good35%
  • Average21%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“fried okra” (3 reviews)
“turkey breast” (2 reviews)
“sandwich” (2 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
££ - £££
9828 Great Hills Trl, Austin, TX 78759-6391
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The setting is always half the deal for me and, although a storefront, the interior is wood-paneled and cabin-like with an overhead moving train to catch the kid's attention. With very few exceptions, Pok-e-Jos has more meat and side choices than any other place around....More

Thank Texprof
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

First time in Texas, first BBQ experience. I hope this experience turns out to be average and Texas has much better out there. I got two meats, brisket (moist) and their sausage, with regular BBQ sauce on the Sid, Mac and cheese and fries with...More

Thank Jason C
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Get a quick last minute meal here, but you might miss the deep pecan or mesquite or hickory smoke flavor. The Peach or Cherry Pie needs real crust instead of bread pudding.

Thank 685selenab
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Poke-E-Joes catered for a conference I attend, and it was AMAZING! The brisket literally melted in your mouth. I highly recommend it!

Thank Katie H
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Good brisket and sausage with a few sides. Numerous options for meet, sides and platters, served quickly with consistency.

Thank Michael R
samatpokejos, Guest Relations Manager at Pok-e-Jos Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thank you for the kind words. We are glad you enjoyed the food and service. Thank you for posting on TripAdvisor. We look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

They catered a wedding in San Marcos at the Meadows Center. Great bbq brisket and Turkey plus sides. Dessert was peach cobbler with ice cream, fantastic.More

Thank Bob S
samatpokejos, Guest Relations Manager at Pok-e-Jos Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for the kind words. We hope that anyone planning a wedding in Central Texas will see your review and ask you for a personal comment. Weddings are one of "Our Favorite Things" it is a great privilege to be asked to be a...More

Reviewed 5 June 2017

We've ordered staff lunches from many different BBQ restaurants in Austin. This one was our team's favorite of the past 3 years! The delivery man was amazing - he did everything for me! The brisket and sides were significantly better tasting than Rudy's and Smokey...More

Thank texann100
samatpokejos, Guest Relations Manager at Pok-e-Jos Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Good morning, Thank you so much for the kind words. We love it when a plan comes together and one day all of Austin and Central Texas will only order Pok-e-Jo's BBQ, Fajitas and even the vegetarian meals . . If you know the name...More

Reviewed 21 May 2017

Stopped in Pok-e-Jos on a recent trip to Austin. Very nice sliced brisket -- order "moist" not "lean". Good sauce. Good sides -- jalapeño corn bread casserole particularly good. Good selection of accompaniments. Friendly service.

Thank sazeracker
samatpokejos, Guest Relations Manager at Pok-e-Jos Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

We hope that your visit to Austin was all positive, and your travels to and from Home were safe and uneventful. Thank you for the kind words, we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Reviewed 17 May 2017

Been eating BBQ here for years, and even when i'm by myself, it's enjoyable and convenient when you need a break from shopping. They have daily specials (a meat and 2 sides), and good BBQ brisket sandwiches (med. size or large), with one side makes...More

Thank LK R
samatpokejos, Guest Relations Manager at Pok-e-Jos Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Thank you. It is always great to hear how much people enjoy the food and that we are taking good care of the clients. We look forward to seeing you again, soon!

Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

This a great barbe ue joint that serves a variety of meats. I had the smoked chicken and ribs with a variety of veggies. They were out of the peach cobbler so I had to leave without dessert.More

Thank tenisheat2016
samatpokejos, Guest Relations Manager at Pok-e-Jos Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Hello Ms. T, Thank you for the kind words. We strive to always provide the best possible dinning/BBQ experience that has kept us in the top 5 BBQ/ Catering restaurants in the Austin/Round Rock and Central Texas area for almost 40 years. We also try...More

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27 October 2017|
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Response from 685selenab | Reviewed this property |
This is a restaurant. Pok-e- Jo's Smokehouse also does offer catering. The restaurant on W. Parmer Lane seems to be the closest to the Arboretum, and it does have a small party room or gathering room. You can seat 40... More
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$16
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9828 Great Hills Trl, Austin, TX 78759-6391
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-338-1990
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THE BEST LOCAL AUSTIN BBQ TRADITION: A BRISKET, TWO GUYS AND A LOTTA SMOKE. It ain’t just legend, there is indeed a Joe, and there was once a man called Porky. And one night back in 1970-something, after an evening out over beers and so-so barbecue at a well-established, not-to-be named local barbecue joint, they declared that they could do better. And they decided Porky-Jo’s didn’t roll off the tongue quite like PoK-e-Jo’s! So after much experimenting with rubs and smoke and recipes and taste testings, these two friends collaborated with then recent UT graduate, and now co-owner Doug, and in June of 1979, they boldly opened up the very first PoK-e-Jo’s out on North Burnet road. To their utter delight, it quickly became a neighborhood favorite providing the top BBQ in Austin. Like all good things, word got around, and since that first restaurant, PoK-e-Jo’s has grown right along with Austin. Now Porky’s son Danny runs the business along with Doug, both sticking with the same idea that started the whole dang business: Do it better.
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