SquareMeal Review of
Texas Joe's Slow Smoked Meats
Barbecue joints aren't the novelty they once were but this latest has a USP in the shape of owner Joe Walters, who convinced the Dragons' Den judges to invest in his beef jerky business and can be seen about the place in his 10-gallon hat. First impressions aren't too promising: the location between London Bridge and Bermondsey High Street feels marooned on a cut-through and the utilitarian decor feels canteeny. The food, though, is the real deal. The menu covers all meat bases: beef, chicken, pork and mutton; our beef short rib was as smoky as you'd hope for something slow cooked over oak, but still nice and juicy. And we could have made a whole meal out of the side orders: long shins of bone marrow, bacon-wrapped jalapeños, cakey corn bread with chilli butter and a creamy mac'n'cheese. In the unlikely event you're not completely stuffed, the pecan pie is the stuff of Thanksgiving fantasies. Great bourbon cocktails, too.