John's BBQ, Hoschton GA.
I decided to visit an old BBQ institution between Hoschton and Winder, Georgia for my next BBQ adventure. John’s BBQ on the Barrow-Jackson County line on Hwy. 53 was this week’s destination. John’s Barbeque has been Smoking and serving BBQ for over 40 years in these parts, so I couldn’t wait to see what they had to offer.
As soon as you pull into John’s, you can see the smokehouses behind the restaurant and piles of hickory stacked along side the building. That’s a sight that really gets you in the mood to chow down on some good BBQ. The inside of Johns was decorated with a ladies touch as most of the décor was lavender, from the table clothes to the walls.
The place was busy so we grabbed a table and checked out the menu. John’s uses hams as their pork that is mopped with vinegar as it slow smokes, and their food has a very traditional taste to it. It’s a mostly pulled pork type of restaurant, so I ordered up a plate of pulled pork with Brunswick stew.
The waitresses were very attentive and kept the sweet tea flowing while we waited for our BBQ. Our plates arrived with nice size portions, and I couldn’t wait to chow down on some BBQ. The BBQ was covered with their homemade BBQ sauce that is really and acquired taste. It has a very tart and unique taste to it. It wasn’t K.C. style nor Carolina, but a mixture that I can’t quite pinpoint. Like I said, it is an acquired taste that many folks there were accustomed to. The pork didn’t have much flavor to it besides what was covered in their sauce. The Brunswick stew on the other hand was very good. Most places use their BBQ sauce to make their stew and if John’s did, I couldn’t taste any tartness to it at all, just a very nice and tasty well balanced stew.
John’s is a tradition for a lot of folks in these parts, but like I said, what they serve is an acquired taste. No one at my table liked their BBQ sauce, but raved about the stew.
I’m sure for most of the folks that frequent John‘s, there is no better BBQ, but with the tartness of the BBQ sauce and the lack of flavor in the pork, it left my taste buds wanting more.
I’ll give John’s barbeque a 3 on the squeal meter.
Go and decide for yourself.