The thing with London is that we’re very good at taking parts of other countries culture and cuisine the parts that we like and leaving the parts we aren’t too sure about. Take the US for example, we’re all on board the BBQ restaurants of Texas, we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving if it means we can have a practise run at Christmas but we’ll politely decline Hershey’s – it just isn’t Cadburys. With today being Independence Day London is celebrating in full force and one place opening just in time is Texas Joe.
Doing away with the American clichés that are so often found in American BBQ restaurants in London Texas Joe, which will call Bermondsey home, will be keeping the menu simple with traditional meats and cuts prepared with smoke, salt and pepper and slow smoked over English oak from London Log Company in a rotisserie painted in colours of the University of Texas at Austin and nicknamed Bevo after the university’s mascot.
Why University of Texas and who is Texas Joe? Its founder, Texan Joe Walters, who grew up in Dallas eating BBQ, went to the University of Texas and set up the Original Jerky Company when he came to London in 2011. He’ll be bringing his recipes from home to create a menu that includes USDA beef brisket, beef prime rib, pork shoulder, as well as mutton shoulder and ribs. They’ll all come with house-made pickles and bread and at lunchtime you can have brisket, pork shoulder or mutton shoulder stuffed into fresh tacos and thick-cut sandwiches. Sides include bone marrow with chilli salt; oxtail chilli and brisket nachos.
Menus are printed in the style of a 1936 Texas Newspaper, The Big Smoke Signal, where in between mouthfuls you can read articles written by top BBQ journalists – yes that is a real job, yes we wish we had that job title – such as pieces by Daniel Vaughn, BBQ editor at Texas Monthly.
Bermondsey designers, Red Jacket, have drawn inspiration from the backroad BBQ joints and have chosen rough, rustic, vintage and handmade furniture in the restaurant. Downstairs the honky tonk bar which features a juke box, has the feeling of an underground beer bunker apparently and will serve tequila, award-winning bourbons from Balcones and Garrison Brothers, Texan Lone Star lager and beers from Camden Town and Bermondsey’s Kernel Brewery.
BBQ restaurants are definitely part of America that we’ll be keeping in London!
Texas Joe: Opens 4th July, 8-9 Snowsfields, Bermondsey, SE1 3SU, www.texas-joes.com