Sunday, July 27, 2014

BBQ Godfather - Spring

Note: This original review was written prior to BBQ Godfather relocating to "Bernie's Backyard" Food Truck Park

My first exposure to BBQ Godfather was when I sought out their mobile trailer at B-52 Brewing in Conroe.  Their mobile menu simply consisted of sandwiches which was disappointing to me since their full service location is basically a trailer itself.  Still, the taste of those sandwiches gave me enough reason to go visit the full service location down on Rayford.


I opted for a the three meat plate and selected brisket, a pork rib, and pulled pork.  The plate came with two sides and I added a sweet tea which brought it to a total of $18.23.

I unbundled the tightly wrapped butcher paper to reveal the three meats.

Brisket, Pork Ribs, Pulled Pork from BBQ Godfather

The brisket looked decent with a dark black crust and a narrow smoke ring.  Biting into the first slice revealed good smoke but a chewy product.  This meat could have benefited from a little bit more time in the pit.  The rub had a slight spiciness to it, a theme that would continue with the other meats, but the bark was not well formed.  The spicy flavor was interesting, and quite unexpected from traditional Texas BBQ standpoint.

The rib had great tug to it.  The meat pulled away from the bone with appropriate effort but the meat itself carried little flavor aside from a lingering spice from the red pepper rub.

The pulled pork was good.  It carried that slight spice as well.  The special chipotle BBQ sauce actually provided a great companion for this pork.


Godfather's BBQ sits in a small lot with some permanent stands along with other mobile trailers.  The dining area consists of a few covered picnic tables in the lot.

BBQ Godfather sits in a lot with other trailers

The sides were better than you may typically expect.  The sweet potato casserole was a pleasant surprise and actually served as a sweet dessert after I finished my meats.


The flavors were good but this definitely isn't your typical Texas BBQ.  The meats were all satisfying, especially if you like a little lingering spice in your 'cue.  Nothing was outstanding but the meats were all pretty well prepared and my palate welcomed the change in flavor.

There are a half dozen BBQ Joints on this strip of Rayford/Sawdust and BBQ Godfather does well enough to be second best on this road.  Unfortunately it will take a lot of work to match Corkscrew just down the street. 

Godfather's might not be an "Offer you can't refuse," but it's certainly an option with a shorter line.

Address: 22314 I-45 N, Spring, Texas 77383 (Located at "Bernie's Backyard")
Phone: 713-828-5960
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 - 7:00


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*All Grades Are Based Solely on the Quality of Texas BBQ Offered at the Joint. We Aren't Looking for Burgers or Catfish!

My Grading Scale:

A = This is some of the finest BBQ you'll find anywhere. It is worth a roadtrip in itself along with any required wait.
B = This is very good BBQ, even if it is over an hour away, consider making the drive.
C = This is just average BBQ but it's worth a stop in a pinch.
D = This is a poor example of Texas BBQ. Even if it's the only place around, skip it. Apologize to any non-Texans that have eaten here.
F = This is not only a bad Texas BBQ, it is probably not suitable for human consumption.

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