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Lechon and liempo wow, they sure taste good, but do you miss Texas Pulled BBQ Pork?

Or Texas style BBQ Pork Ribs, served with corn bread, ‘taters (Rice also) and corn on the cob?

Tagalog Buddy

How about Texas style BBQ chicken and beef ribs?

How about a BBQ beef brisket sandwich that falls apart in your mouth?

And a host of BBQ sauces, that will remind you of home wherever that might be from, waiting to be dripped on you BBQ.

Let me digress, the weekend of July 18th I had planned a road trip to Vigan up North, here on Luzon. The gods sent a typhoon that changed my plans a bit. My area of Bataan never did get hit hard, about 5 hours of gusting high winds and rain that trashed my yard with leaves and branches. And my 4 am wakeup call, when the 10×20 foot tent in my backyard decided it was a parasailing device. And how wet I was in the dark and the wind, taking it down? Why was it, still up when I knew the storm was coming? My answer is, I’m Paul, and I plan ahead! The truth is I was out the day before hitting the resorts on Baloy Beach in Olongapo, celebrating my birthday with friends.

The hard rain, had canceled the planned BBQ at the house, so we applied “Plan B” and partied on the beach (all the bars had a roof) see why I forgot about the tent?

What the heck does all that have to do with BBQ?

Saturday morning my friend called and invited me to lunch at a new place he found on the boardwalk area of Subic Freeport. A place called “Texas Joe’s” When I arrived I saw a brand new building with a well landscaped front, a good size parking lot. (That is so rare) and an open covered section outside with a covered bar made of rustic looking thick timber (made of cement), and many tables. Inside it had the look of a Texas Saloon with a bar at one end and country music (not loud at all) piped in. The tables were covered in brown butcher paper, (eating BBQ; that made sense) and all the staff dressed in cowboy gear, kinda’ cute! The tiny cowgirl handed me a menu, as I opened it and as I read it, I glanced skyward and mumbled a thank you.

Service was quick, friendly and oh so professional, my eyes jumping from page to page wanting to order everything. But for my first time I went with the BBQ Beef Brisket, covered with melted cheese, and a hot BBQ sauce. Plus zesty spiced French fries, corn bread, and fresh corn on the cob, dripping with heart clogging butter (ya gotta’ ask for the butter).

Did I mention the ice cold beer? It was to die for! The two ladies could find no Philippine food on the menu, so I smiled and asked “Is chicken not a Pinoy food?” (They served rice also) One ordered Chicken and the other lady ordered ribs. Both our wives said it’s good, and they wanted to eat there again. (Thank the stars for that) The price was good, no meal was over p400.00 except the Steaks and the highest price steak was the tenderloin at p500.00.

Wednesday; 4 Aug. we were having our third all day brownout in a row, I jumped up and asked my wife and her sister if lunch at Texas Jo’s would be a good plan? I had the pulled pork this time and Clara had the Texas Tornado Wings, my wife went for the ribs again, (Hey, they were good both times.)

I’ll be there again, and maybe again after that! I just have to try “The Bubba Burger”. The week before at the Casablanca Hotel, which now has Mongolian BBQ again on Friday nights, (I knew they’d figure out a way to do it), and as with all their items it was delightful. But for lunch that Tuesday I had a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, while eating it I thought I was on Broad Street in downtown Philadelphia. If you doubt me, ask Dave Starr, as he had one also. I might never find that perfect Gyro sandwich here, but as of today I just don’t care.

I’ve always said; “I choose to live here.” Now it’s just tastier!

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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Dave Starr
12 years ago

Wasn’t able to squeeze in any trips to Subic this week, Paul, but Texas Joe’s is certainly on my list. I’m glad the fod lived up to expectations. I’ll be there soon, you can bank on that. Glad there’s more than one of us who enjoys and writes about the Olongapo-Subic area from actual experience, rather than the many self-styled “experts” who have never been there, (or where there as an E-2 on Magsaysay Drive for 6 hours, 40 years ago), and thus “know” all about how it’s not a good place. For my money, Subic is one of the… Read more »

Paul T
Paul T
12 years ago
Reply to  Dave Starr

Dave; That Philly Cheese Steak was good! I’ll freely admit that the easy availability of food that I like was a big reason I settled in this area, I was just lucky that my wife’s family (from Samar) moved here when she was age 3. As with Greg I was here 40 years ago and it was a Disneyland for a young man, all E-Tickets rides. Now it’s the food and shopping that is why I’m here. The Subic/Olongapo Area has re-designed it self into a major tourist venue. So I’ll let the narrow minded voice their opinion without information… Read more »

Greg
12 years ago

Hey Dave.. I was one of those E-2’s back forty years ago, and I thought it was a good place then…..at least for an 18 year old with half a brain. Just joking about the past, but have heard nothing but good things about the area now. Hopefully I can find my way back there to check out the changes, which I am sure are great. That food sure looks good too….have found nothing like it here in Cebu. Maybe I will stumble across something in my wanderings here. If I make it to Subic I’ll sure check out the… Read more »

Paul T
Paul T
12 years ago
Reply to  Greg

Greg;
Years ago I could name every bar in the area, now my friends and I do lunch at resorts and enjoy the food, and a beer or two. Our wives never complain, as they are with us and eating well. If your in the area give me a shout and I’ll give you the five cent tour and talk about those e-2 days.

Greg
12 years ago
Reply to  Paul T

Sounds good Paul…..I am sure we would have a few stories to tell..haha.

Paul T
Paul T
12 years ago
Reply to  Greg

Greg;
The sea stories, they’ll never start out with “Once upon a time” our stories will start out with “This is no Sh-t”. If my memory serves me correct?

Greg
12 years ago
Reply to  Paul T

“Or I remember one time in Sasebo”…….What memory???????

Neal in RI
Neal in RI
12 years ago

Hey Paul
Thats a impressive resteraunt. It kind of resembles the Texas Roadhouse type of place we have here in RI

Paul T
Paul T
12 years ago
Reply to  Neal in RI

Hey Neil;
I missed you around LiP, I’m pleased to hear that your wife is on the mend!
You’ll find that the new Texas’s Joe’s will hold it’s own against any stateside BBQ Joint. I’m there with friends tomorrow for their huge “Bubba Burger” and a cocktail or two.

brian
brian
12 years ago

Yeah baby!! On the to do list !!!

Paul T
Paul T
12 years ago
Reply to  brian

Brian;
You won’t be disappointed!

Jade
Jade
12 years ago

Paul, I love pulled pork. Made right – melts in your mouth. After having it a few times I thought… I can do this too. Pork tenderloin. Cook it slooooow, maybe only 180F in the oven for 10 hours in a wrap of aluminum foil throw in some vegetables too; carrots, potatoes and lots of onions – some vinegar to adobo it like the Carolinas style. I’m not much of a cook but when there is the motivation miracles happen. Even for me. Last summer after our July 25th wedding I was feeling in a creatively motivated mood and decided… Read more »

Paul T
Paul T
12 years ago
Reply to  Jade

Jade;
You are so right, good pulled pork is a delight for the taste buds. I feel I could cook it myself, and more than likely do a fair job on it, but now I don’t have to. Their tender beef brisket! I have no idea if I could ever make that as well as what I had at Texas’s Joes. And now, why would I try?

steve
steve
12 years ago
Reply to  Paul T

Paul,
You gonna just let that new “Bob’s” grill stand by! You keep going out like this and you won’t find time to use it!
Texas’ Joe’s sure sounds like a place I would like to sink my teeth into! I love BBQ and it would be a pleasure to get some that is great.

Paul T
Paul T
12 years ago
Reply to  steve

Steve;
I’m stuck not using the Mindanao Bob Grill due to the rainy season, but on dry days… Going out for good BBQ is less work and no clean-up when we’re done. I’ll fire up the grill on those few sunny days, because the beer always tastes better at home.

Jade
Jade
12 years ago
Reply to  Paul T

Just curious… Has the ‘Whiskey River Bar’ been reincarnated nearby to Texas’ Joe’s?
If not, I’d like first dibs on the name…

Paul T
Paul T
12 years ago
Reply to  Jade

Jade;
Texas Joe’s Resturant is on the Subic Freeport (Old Navy Base) I know no bar called Whiskey River but one song by Willy Nelson has that name.

John in Austria
12 years ago

Hi Paul,

I absolutely love BBQ’d ribs. Tell the ladies not to eat them all before my next trip down there. Great article, and a good review for the restaurant.

Paul T
Paul T
12 years ago

John;
Remember that beach bar we were in on Subic? Texas Joe’s is now across the street from there. We’ll save some ribs for ya!

David Jensen
David Jensen
12 years ago

Right now I reside in San Antonio TX. When we finally get to reside in the Philippines I will be sure not to go there so I am not reminded of this He** hole.

Paul T
Paul T
12 years ago
Reply to  David Jensen

Hello David;
The Alamo leaves a bad taste in your mouth does it? Different folks different likes, I guess that why they make so many types of cars. San Antonio is so bad it makes the BBQ taste bad also? That is surprising. Good luck on your move here.

John Reyes
12 years ago

Hi, Paul: I like my pulled pork WITHOUT any kind of sauce, or served on a bun. I like it on a platter (as opposed to a sandwich) with a side dish of cole slaw and Amish potato salad. Slathering any kind of sauce on pulled pork is for me akin to pouring A-1 sauce on a piece of tender, juicy New York strip from Ruth’s Chris’ Steakhouse. I mean, if you go to a restaurant, salivating over a good piece of steak to begin with, why mask the true taste of grilled steak with sauce? Better still, I prefer… Read more »

Paul T
Paul T
12 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

John;
They will serve it any way you want it, I asked! I’m with you on the steak sauce, I won’t use it either. But BBQ sauce… a horse of a different color, not that I’d eat BBQ horse (lol). I will try my next grilled steak like you said, it’ll be a first for me, and I’ll report back to you on it.

hudson
hudson
12 years ago

Hey paul,
WOW! All that good eatin texas BBQ….Makes me think of one of those shindiggs that LBJ would throw. The food all sounds so good. Do they serve some ranch style beans too? Or maybe some chili? They probably don’t serve many a pinoy there the way you describe the menu.

Paul T
Paul T
12 years ago
Reply to  hudson

Hudson;
The Pinoys love it, both times I went the place was full, and just a few token Kano’s. So I would surmise it’s a hit with our Hosts, my wife and her friends like it also.
Chili yes, Beans I’m not sure, but I’ll check tomorrow.

Michels5098
Michels5098
12 years ago

Senior; Great taste I mean read talking about BBQ just makes me drool, but knowing that their is a place in Subic with homemade goodness well that’s heaven. Between you and David S. I’ll have my food cusine menu filled out before I get there next year. And the price is right you said about 400P WoW!! Paul is your BBQing tecnique On you new grill as good or better. Don’t be modest lay it on the line I’ll bet it’s darn good. 🙂 Down here in J-ville I BBQ at least twice a week if not more and smoker… Read more »

Paul T
Paul T
12 years ago
Reply to  Michels5098

Mike;
I pride myself on my BBQ skills, and rate myself as fair to middlin’. But it’s the beer drinkin’ in which I excel. One can’t BBQ without a beer in one’s hand, or the food will taste odd.

Michels5098
Michels5098
12 years ago
Reply to  Paul T

Senior;
I totally agree I to must have a cold one to properly run the grill.
BBQ and Beer is like Man and Dog their just ment for each other.
Do I here an Amen 🙂

Paul T
Paul T
12 years ago
Reply to  Michels5098

Mike;
AMEN, to raw meat on the grill and cold beer in your hand. Damn life is good!

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