jones brothers mississippi bbq / san diego, ca
Jones Brothers Mississippi BBQ is a little joint off Euclid Ave. near Lincoln Park. Jake suggested we try this place out last month after he spent some time talking to one of the owners. We’ve passed by this little nondescript BBQ spot a few times when we were on our way to Chula Vista and avoiding the traffic-clogged 805 freeway during rush hour. The smells of BBQ wafting in the air always made our mouths water and we finally had the chance to stop in to check out their BBQ.
[bbq overview – 3 meat combination with 3 sides – $22.99]
The ladies at the counter were really helpful and friendly – greeting us warmly as we came inside and grabbed a menu to try and figure out what we wanted. They even suggested that we get the 3 meat combination – that way we’d get to try a bunch of stuff for one price. That’s what we ended up doing and it was more than enough food for Jake, T and I to share for lunch with plenty of leftovers for later.
They also let us sample the BBQ sauce. They have a regular mild BBQ sauce, a spicy BBQ and what they call “Twist BBQ” sauce – a combination of the mild and spicy. I got a little taste of the twist and enjoyed it enough to agree that we have all of our meats smothered in the “twist” sauce. It had a delightfully sweet taste and just a enough of an extra spice to give it a tiny kick – which is about as much spice as I could take or want. I am, after all, still a wimp when it comes to spicy stuff.
The pulled pork ended up being my favorite meat of the three that we tried.
The pork was very tender and juicy. It melted away in my mouth from how tender it was and the sweetish sauce was a great accompaniment to the pork. I like pulled pork with sauce on it, so this was perfectly fine to me. I’m not sure what makes this stuff “Mississippi” style BBQ, but whatever it is, I like it. There’s no tangy flavor (rejoice!) just a nice, sweet and clean flavor from the sauce and the juicy meat.
I’m really not a brisket person – I don’t know what it is that turns me off from it – but this beef brisket wasn’t too bad, especially with that tasty BBQ sauce. Jake and T seemed to enjoy it but there was one item they enjoyed just a bit more…
… which was the hot links! There is a damn good amount of hot links here, also covered and tossed in their “twist” BBQ sauce. I am normally a great big fan of hot links and these hot links were also very good – juicy with a nice crisp “snap” to the links – but good god, they were really spicy! The “hot” part of the name was not lost on these links and they were much spicier than what little old me is used to and I sadly couldn’t eat too many of them. Jake and T were pretty bonkers for them though, and considering they like spicy stuff, this one was the winner for them that day.
Damn me and my low tolerance for spicy.
[macaroni and cheese / green beans]
All of the dishes here at Jones Brothers are made from scratch – including all of their side dishes! We got to choose three sides for our meal. We got the BBQ Beans (not shown above) for Jake and then I also chose the macaroni and cheese and the green beans.
The macaroni and cheese was pretty good and you could definitely tell it was homemade. Nice and cheesy, I liked it a bunch (Jake is still bee’s knees over my own macaroni and cheese version, so he did like this but still doesn’t think it’s as good as mine. Isn’t he sweet?) it had a great flavor and was creamy and quite cheesy.
The green beans also had onions and potato chunks in the mix – and it tasted like it was maybe cooked with ham hocks or something similar since it had a bit of a smoky flavor going on in the background. Very tasty!
They had little sliders on the menu with different BBQ’d meats and we ended up using our dinner rolls to made our own little sliders. Yummy!
This little joint is serving up some pretty good grub in the middle of an older neighborhood in town. They also have homemade desserts which we sadly didn’t try that day, but hopefully we’ll be back sometime to check those out in addition to their other offerings. I’d still like to get my hands on a few beef ribs and maybe check out their homemade potato salad (since I’m a sucker for that stuff).
Jones Brothers Mississippi BBQ
888 S Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA 92114