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When Jabo Lawson found a permanent address for his once-mobile barbecue operation, he did a quick makeover, cramming overstuffed booths into the former home of a Heavenly Hams. Now blessed with an actual kitchen, he traded in his little outdoor barbecue pit -- the same type that masters in southern Texas and Louisiana use -- for a custom-built in-house smoker, where he can cook 700 pounds of meat at once. But Jabo's isn't just about the meat -- although everything from the fat, smoky ribs to the tender brisket and piquant hot links is wonderful. Lawson also makes about 125 sauces based on a family recipe from Shreveport, Louisiana, and he keeps six of them in rotation at all times, available at different levels of spiciness. As an added bonus, each meal comes with a Utah scone, a fried puff of dough painted with sticky honey butter.
Jabo's is the place to be. Fantastic BBQ, great sauces, perfectly cooked meat, and amazing Chala buns. Such a good place to take the bros and pig out without busting your wallet. The owner is a character and I appreciate what he does.
I don't know what happened with the past reviewer Drew and I'm sure the owner would apologize for that incident. He's only been awesome with me and my friends.
Check out Jabos, tell them you're new, they'll give you a taster of all their sauces, get a sandwich and if you like BBQ you'll devour it. Jabo will probably come talk to you and see if you're having a good time and hopefully you are.
Worst restaurant experience ever! The owner was YELLING at my girlfriend for simply not liking the food. Let me say that again, HE WAS LITERALLY YELLING AT US IN FRONT OF EVERYONE and disrespecting my cute little innocent girlfriend. I have never heard of this happening and I still can't even believe it myself. Ok so here's what happened.
We are not picky eaters at all. Nor are we complainers (this is my first negative review anywhere) so after she tried the sandwich and didn't like it we weren't even gonna say anything. But when the server, who was super nice, came over and asked what was wrong with her sandwich, she said she just didn't care for it. That's when THE SERVER said he would take it from her and see about not charging us. So it was his idea to take the sandwich off our bill.
So, when we went up to the register to pay the owner, he immediately began to harass us. My girlfriend tried to explain what happened and said she would pay. But he just continued to offend her saying she shouldn't order something she's not going to eat. He even went so far as to bring us her sandwich the server took that he saved to try and say she didn't eat enough to know if it was good or not even though there were two obvious bites taken. So, when I finally spoke up he was irate and yelling at us for costing him money after we told him several times we don't mind paying.
Beyond the incredibly offensive owner, the restaurant itself wasn't even clean. Our silverware was dirty (we didn't complain), there were unfinished booths with exposed wood, dirty walls and floor, an overall run down feeling and our appetizer came out after our entrees.
I can't believe we were yelled at by a restaurant owner in public. And I mean YELLED. Unbelievable!
Please take note and choose a different BBQ place in town. This one is overall, terrible.
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When Jabo Lawson abandoned his mobile barbecue pit and moved indoors, he traded up for a custom-built, in-house smoker, where he can now cook 700 pounds of meat at once. He uses that smoker to make tender brisket, piquant Louisiana-style hot links, pulled pork shoulder and, best of all, pork ribs, which are two inches thick, layered with opaque fat, deeply infused with throat-stinging smoke and so tender the meat practically melts into a puddle in your mouth. Everything that comes out of... More »
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