Smokin J's BBQ in Gulfport Florida

By Published On: April 4th, 2021

Smokin’ J’s Real Texas BBQ in Gulfport

Giveaway Winners:

Published on 04/04/21: Smokin’ J’s is unfortunately now closed. First, the two winners from our most recent #SupportLocal giveaway: @oquinn.donna (Instagram) and Jeremy White (Facebook)! Congratulations on your gift cards to Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro! I’ll DM you to coordinate. Stay tuned for our next followers giveaway in two weeks, to a favorite restaurant/rooftop bar in Pass-a-Grille! (0 this time, 3 winners!)

Smokin’ J’s Barbeque:

Colt and I listened to followers and checked out Smokin’ J’s Real Texas BBQ in Gulfport! We can certainly see why 600+ Google Reviewers gave it a great 4.6/5 star rating! It’s also rated as the #1 restaurant in Gulfport by TripAdvisor users. I mean the owner, John Riesebeck, brought his competition level BBQ straight from Dallas TX to South Pasadena/Gulfport. He’s heavily touted as the ‘real deal’ when it comes to Texas style BBQ.

Currently operating as counter service only. Can either take to-go or eat picnic table style.

History of Owner:

Beyond the delicious BBQ, another reason for this post is respect of John, who appears to always have ‘community’ on his mind. For instance, since 2016, John has responded to six hurricanes in surrounding cities/states by driving a U-Haul truck of supplies to the impact zone. A recent ABC News article mentioned that it took roughly $30K to fill one U-Haul truck with supplies! John says the local community pitched in with supplies & finances to ensure he departed Gulfport w/ full trucks. In the same article, John says “My whole philosophy is communities helping communities, businesses helping businesses. That’s why we do it…the hugs, the tears, the smiles”.

We all know the pandemic has been difficult on the restaurant industry. John mentioned in the article, “We’ve been fortunate enough to be able to survive and get the bills paid, but it’s been a challenge”.

With all of the above in mind, we encourage you to visit Smokin’ J’s for delicious BBQ! As of the date of this posting, they’re closed Mon & Tues, though open the other 5 days of the week – 12pm-8pm. 5145 Gulfport Blvd S.

Google Reviews: 723 reviews with a 4.6/5 average

Address: 5145 Gulfport Blvd S, Gulfport, FL

Phone: 727-329-8624

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Written by : St Petersburg Realtor, Mike Braswell

Mike Braswell is a Tampa Bay Realtor, serving St Petersburg, Clearwater, all nearby beaches and more. Mike started LovingStPete in October of 2020 after a difficult year took its toll on local businesses. After being cooped up for portions of 2020 (lockdown) Mike and his son decided to get out and explore, helping spread the good word about the local area he loves so much. Often even doing gift card giveaways to support local. LovingStPete is now followed by over 48 thousand people on social media! The majority of posts are informative on fun parks, activities, day trips, great restaurants, and in general provide a comprehensive tour of the area!

Soon after receiving his bachelors in Management Information Systems, Mike developed and then operated a vacation rental advertising business for 10+ years as CEO/Owner. The business was eventually acquired by VRBO. Mike has earned the trust of many large clients over the years. Such as NFL, Wynn Resorts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, VISA, Genuine Parts Company (NAPA Auto Parts), AT&T, and other Fortune 500 companies.

When not spending time with his beautiful wife and energetic son, Mike enjoys boating and is also an avid tennis player. An interesting fact about Mike is that he grew up on an avocado farm with over 15 varieties, some of which you can find in our local Publix/Winn Dixie as his dad still farms the same farm at 87 years old!

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