A Local Austin BBQ Tradition: A Brisket, Two Guys and a Lotta Smoke.
It ain’t just legend, there is indeed a Joe, and there was once a man called Porky. And one night back in 1970-something, after an evening out over beers and so-so barbecue at a well-established, not-to-be named local barbecue joint, they declared that they could do better. And they decided Porky-Jo’s didn’t roll off the tongue quite like PoK-e-Jo’s!
So after much experimenting with rubs and smoke and recipes and taste testings, these two friends collaborated with then recent UT graduate, and now co-owner Doug, and in June of 1979, they boldly opened up the very first PoK-e-Jo’s out on North Burnet road. To their utter delight, it quickly became a neighborhood favorite.
Like all good things, word got around, and since that first restaurant, PoK-e-Jo’s has grown right along with Austin. Now Porky’s son Danny runs the business along with Doug, both sticking with the same idea that started the whole dang business: Do it better.