Sunday, August 10, 2014

Rock'N R BBQ - Cleveland

Rock'N R BBQ sits in a simple tin shed just east of Cleveland, Texas.  It is a humble building on a rather un-noteable stretch of Texas road. The sign in the dirt parking lot, however, is anything but modest.  It advertises "The Best BBQ On The Planet."


I ordered a two meat plate from the typical service line, selecting sliced brisket and pork ribs.  By the look of the meat, I knew that I had not stumbled upon the Best BBQ on the Planet, but the title for Best BBQ in Liberty County was certainly up for grabs.
Pork Ribs and Sausage at Rock'N R BBQ

The brisket looked dry and lifeless on the plate.  This meat had very little smoke and was just flavorless.  It was a chore to eat as the meat had dried out sometime before it had even been placed on my plate.

The ribs were marginally better.  They were well prepared, featuring the moderate tug you want in a pork rib.  The ribs did not carry much flavor though.  And the slight  flavor was provided entirely by the sweet rub applied to the ribs.


The sides I sampled were pretty standard.  The beans were fine.  I appreciated the fact that pico de gallo was mixed in for added flavor.  I did not care for the sweet sweet BBQ sauce that came on the side.  The folks behind the counter were friendly and chatty, as you would expect in this region.

Rock'N R BBQ is a rather plain building


The bad news is that Rock'N R BBQ does not have the Best BBQ on the Planet.  The good news is that if you are looking for the Planet's Best BBQ, Cleveland, Texas is probably not on your itinerary anyway.

Address: 18206 Highway 321, Cleveland, TX 77327
Phone: 281-593-2022


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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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