{Weekend Recap} BBQ Pop-up and 8th Wonder brews at Jackson’s Watering


BBQ and beer can be the key to one’s soul on a sweltering summer day. Match that with a pleasant, outdoor location and you’ve got yourself a party. I visited Jackson’s Watering Hole for the first time over the weekend and experienced some yummy “Q” from Papa Charlies and Feges Bar B Que and drank some killer $2 pints from 8th Wonder Brewery.

Jackson’s Watering hole is basically a garage/warehouse styled venue located on Richmond near Montrose. Surprisingly, given the location, it wasn’t crazy packed with #Pride festivity goers that were partying it up a couple blocks over.  Jackson’s Watering Hole has their own small parking lot out front but on busy days just park on the street and walk (look both ways when crossing the street).  There is ample seating both indoors and outdoors, but the cool part for those of us who “prefer not to get our hair wet” is that there is a covered “hair safe zone” on the patio! The bartenders and workers were really pleasant.  We appreciated that because heat and long hours can bring out the “ugly-side” of some folks.

The 3 kegs of “Dome Feauxm” and “Intellectuale” from 8th wonder were a Godsend for a few reasons:

  1. The pints were $2
  2. The beers were super cold, refreshing, and had great flavor
  3. The pints were $2

Points 1 & 3 repeat.. because that’s important in my world!

The June 26th BBQ dinner  titled ” Some Traditional Que, Some Not” was a huge hit! The coverage by the Houston Chronicle potentially brought a lot of folks out to get a plate because we love us some BBQ here in the great state of Texas.

Patrick Feges of Feges BBQ (current pitmaster position at Killen’s Barbecue) and Wesley Jurena of Pappa Charlies, who just made the leap from “competition cooker” to retail and catering, served up a variety of items for all to taste. I ordered the brisket and rib duo, consisting of 1/4 lb of brisket and 1 rib from each pitmaster. The brisket was good, smokey and toothsome. The ribs were even better.  Pappa Charlies flavorful char and rub had me at first bite. It reminded me of being in my hometown of Little Rock, sitting outside on my uncle’s porch, while watching him work his magic on his old school open range smoker that he lovingly referred to as “Lucy.” It just had that taste of “comfort” about it with a little tangy kick at the end.

I regret not trying more from Feges BBQ but I will, as he is often serving up tasty items like his famous Turducken sausage at Jackson’s!

I like my bbq a little “feisty” and Jurena being a little feisty himself totally brought his A game this past Saturday.  I was happy to be there and take part! Look out for Pappa Charlies truck cruising around the streets of H-town and check out his website to learn more about catering opportunities for your next event. Your guests will be overjoyed!!

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