School is Back, and so is Dinner Time!

Has this ever happened to you? You have a busy day, lots of work to do, errands to run and traffic to fight and you get home only to find that there’s no time to make dinner!? With summer time coming to a close and school getting back in session, the need for a delicious and dependable dinner plan is more important than ever. That’s why Pok-e-Jo’s offers packaged BBQ meals designed to feed the whole family, quickly.

Pok-e-Jo’s Family Pack is designed to feed 3-4 people with 1 ½ pounds of any of our smoked meats, that you can split up to 3 ways, as well as 3 pints of any our sides, half of a loaf of white or wheat bread and BBQ sauce. If yours is a family of plenty, we have more packages to ensure that every mouth gets their share of the ‘Que. Pok-e-Jo’s Five Pack feeds (you guessed it) a group of 5-6 with 2 ½ pounds of smoked meat, 4 pints of sides, white or wheat bread and BBQ sauce to bring it all together!   

And what about this: your child is in an after school club or a study party shows up at your house, or worse, you become the last minute host of a preseason football game party!? If you find yourself having to feed a large group, firstly, don’t panic, secondly go online or call your neighborhood Pok-e-Jo’s and we can set you up with The Big Deal…yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. The Big Deal can feed 10-12 adults with 5 pounds of smoked meat, 4 quarts of sides with a loaf of bread and plenty of BBQ sauce!

Whether you’re feeding a small group, the whole family or the entire chess club (don’t hate), Pok-e-Jo’s can get you the tasty Que you need in a Texas minute*!


*One “Texas minute” is equal to, approximately, 10-15 standard minutes as any order you place can be completed in this amount of time.


Feed Your Family Affair

Everyday, you have to make choices: What to wear? What to eat? Do I have time for breakfast? Which route should I take to work? Should I watch more videos on facebook or get back to work? Do I have time to make dinner tonight or should I just pick something up? What will my family even eat?! When it comes to what to eat for lunch and dinner, your choice has never been easier with Pok-e-Jo’s!

In addition to the great sandwiches, plates and specials that Pok-e-Jo’s offers everyday in our stores, we also offer family style packages designed to feed anywhere from a group of 3 to a hungry dozen available for pickup or dine in at any of our locations! Our packages include The Original Family Pack, The 5 Pack and the Big Deal, each includes meat, sides, sauce, bread, and condiments for your group that you can order and pickup same day

The Original Pack is designed to feed 3-4 people that includes 1 ½ pounds of any smoked meat on our menu, split up anyway you’d like, 3 pint sized side dishes of your choice, BBQ sauce, white or wheat bread or Texas Toast is also available.

The 5 Pack, as you may have already guessed, is a package made for 5, possibly 6, people that includes 2 ½ pounds of your choice of smoked meat, 4 pint sized side dishes of your choice, more BBQ sauce, bread and condiments.

The Big Deal is our largest family package that is designed to feed 10-12 adults who are ready to chow down. With 5 pounds of smoked meat, split any way you’d like, 4 quarts of sides, even more BBQ sauce, bread and condiments…it’s kind of a big deal.

With all of these packages, you’ll be able to feed any size group at a moment’s notice so the only choice you’ll have to make is “Do I wanna order order enough to have leftovers?”

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Top 10 Reasons to Order Catering From Pok-e-Jo’s

1. Mom said it’s your turn to make dinner for the family and you know she doesn’t want Hot Pockets or Pop Tarts

2. You and your co-workers are tired of pizza and sandwiches

3. You’re getting married and this is Texas

4. Your boss reminded you it’s your day to get lunch…and it’s 11 o’clock.

5. Because #AustinTraffic

6. Because you got a degree in business management, not Rib-eral Arts.

7. Because the kitchen is all the way over there, and your phone is just right here next to you

8. That’s what we do: We smoke meat and we know things.

9. Because you were catching up on Game of Thrones this weekend instead of cooking like you said you would. We don’t judge, we love it too.

10. Because BBQ. Do you really need any other reason?

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Vegetarians Can Eat Pok-e-Jo’s?

Yes, Pok-e-Jo’s is a BBQ place.

But we are also in Austin, and that means that when you’re feeding a large group, some of those people are going to need something other than some delicious smoked meats, and some can’t have the bread that goes along with it. That’s right, we’re talking about vegetarians and gluten free folks. And even if we are a meat company, we welcome you at our events, herbivores. Come on over to our buffet, gluten-be-goners. We’re going to take care of you.

Our most popular vegetarian entree item is our smoked veggie skewers (pictured above). These are seasonal vegetables that we skewer up, marinate, and smoke until they’re so tasty that your meat eaters will be trying to swipe them. We often do these as a straight swap for the meat portion for your vegetarian guests, making it really easy to get your order in. Just tell us how many people in your group are vegetarians, and we take it from there.

Want to go a different direction than the skewers for your vegetarians? We can hit you with our house made quinoa salad. This item has been a favorite on weddings and full service events, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it for your office. Just make the request when you place your order and you’ll see why we’re so proud of this one.

Want to do salads for your vegetarians? We got you. How about baked potatoes? Sure thing. They just want a bunch of our sides? We don’t blame them, they’re great. The point is, vegetarians have options with us. And we’re a BBQ place. Boom.

If you have gluten free members of your crowd, we make things easy on you too. Our meats are gluten free, our BBQ sauce is gluten free, and 7 of our 13 sides are gluten free, so you have lots of great options to keep your gluten free friends/co-workers/guests fed and happy.

We just want you to remember, no matter the diet restrictions you have in your group, we can help you out, and make it easy on you to boot! No need to call multiple places and deal with multiple vendors; Pok-e-Jo’s is here for you, vegetarians, those who are gluten free.

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Big Game Favorites

Hey there sports fans. Or commercial fans, we won’t judge. Really, as long as you’re fans of barbecue, you’re good in our book. The Super Bowl is just around the corner, and you know what that means…… well it means something. What’s important though, is that Pok-e-Jo’s is always serving up those fan-favorite football finger foods. (Try saying THAT 5 times fast!)

Whether you are throwing down the full BBQ buffet, or just need some Mac n Cheese for that pot luck you forgot to make something for, Pok-e-Jo’s is here for you. Call us early or place an order online to guarantee you get what you want, and we will see you this Sunday!

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PoK-e-Jo’s Chili: It’s World Famous in Austin

As we head into the winter months, Texans revise yearly traditions to help keep themselves warm and happy throughout the harsh season such as: hot cocoa, warm apple cider, that one really nice, big coat you only wear when the temperature drops below 60 degrees but perhaps the most beloved tradition for braving the cold months is Texas chili. Pok-e-Jo’s knows this all too well, which is why we started serving our homemade chili 25 years ago and have brought it back every year since. Pok-e-Jo’s chili is made with ground beef, diced onions, chili spices and Pok-e-Jo’s smoked brisket to give it a truly unique, hearty and smoky flavor that is sure to warm you up even if it gets below 40! Pok-e-Jo’s Chili is a Texas chili which means NO BEANS! We do have beans available on the side if you feel the chili needs it, just ask any of our staff and they will be happy to add that to your order.

Our chili is served by the cup or the bowl with cheese and extra onions available on top or on the side. It’s also available in pints, quarts, ½ gallons and even Gallons! But it wouldn’t be chili season if we didn’t offer the essential Frito pie, well worry not because we’ve got you covered! Frito pies are available to order at every Pok-e-Jo’s location with cheese and onions on top or on the side. Chili’s appeal is what it is because it can make, literally, anything better. We have a lot of sides that we like to add our chili to like our Mac ‘n Cheese, Texas fries or even our baked potato to make our Super Spud even more…Super!

So remember, when winter comes, and it is coming, Pok-e-Jo’s has the cure for the common cool down in the form of piping hot brisket chili so call, come in or order online for your bowl today and Come And Get It!!!!!

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2015 Year in Review

2015: Good barbecue, and good times

As a celebration of the year that was, here are 10 landmark things that we can look back and remember 2015 by.

New Menu Items!

1. Texas-Style Pulled Pork (pictured left)
This new delicious menu item made its debut to the Pok-e-Jo’s menu in 2015

2. Green Chile Pork Sausage as a seasonal special
During green chile season this year, our pork sausage brought a new kind of spice to our menu.

3. Peach Habanero BBQ Sauce
BBQ is about the meat, but its also about the sauce. Our newest addition to our BBQ sauce options, the Peach Habanero sauce, brings a new sweet and spicy flavor that goes great with some slow smoked BBQ.

4. Creamed Corn
After years of serving buttered corn, we decided it was time to step up our corn game. So cometh creamed corn! If you haven’t tried it, you’re welcome.

5.  BBQ Nachos
Our BBQ nachos are an in-stadium only item at DKR, and those that got them had one of the best food deals in the whole stadium. Look for them again next season!

A few catering stats from 2015 to ring in the new year…

6. We catered over 350 weddings in 2015

7. We catered over 800 full service events

8. Across our 5 stores, we did over 4,000 delivery events

9. In total, we did over 10,000 catered meals between pick up, delivery, and full service

10. On the day before Thanksgiving alone, we did almost 1,000 pick up orders across our 5 locations

We look forward to another great year in 2016, Happy New Year everyone!

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November is Turkey Time!

Alright barbecue fans, time for a hard truth: Halloween is over. So you know what time it is now. No, not time for putting up your Christmas decorations. It’s time to start planning your Thanksgiving meal.

Hey! Where are you going? Come back! Don’t look so panicked, it’ll be okay. No, no, you don’t need to go find a bigger oven. No, you can’t have more time. It’s here, and it’s happening. But don’t worry, Pok-e-Jo’s is here to make Thanksgiving as easy as pie. Oh, that reminds me, no, we don’t sell pies.

Whether you’re just trying to feed a couple of pilgrims or the entire Griswold family, we have a holiday catering package that’s right for you! Now, I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is, “Yes, we are closed on Thanksgiving Day.” But that doesn’t stop us from helping over 1,000 customers fulfill their holiday wishes each year with a delicious smoked turkey holiday meal. Shouldn’t you be one of those customers this year? We think yes.

Check out our Holiday catering menu below and call our Turkey Hotline at 512-388-7578 so that we can answer any questions you have!

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Story Time: Pork Loin is Really Good, Y’all

Brisket and Pork Loin: a Tale of Two Meats

As we all know, BBQ can mean many different things to a lot of different people, mostly based on where you live and here in Texas, BBQ means brisket. While brisket is undoubtedly delicious and the state meat of Texas, Pok-e-Jo’s offers a wide variety of meats to choose from in addition to the classic, namely our smoked pork loin. Many might remember this as a staple of our menu before we made it our special on Wednesdays, what many don’t know, sadly, is just how delicious our pork loin can be! One guest was lucky enough to find out just last week and now we’re gonna share their story so you too can know the power and appeal of pork loin.

Almost every Wednesday evening, John Smith (names have been changed to protect the innocent) came to the Pok-e-Jo’s store located in the Great Hills shopping center to buy a Sliced Brisket plate because that was the special on Wednesdays, it was discounted from the regular menu price and also, John loved smoked brisket. This night however, John Smith was in for a unexpectedly delicious surprise for a few weeks prior, the special for Wednesdays had been changed to the Pork Loin plate. Upon realizing this change John had said, in a completely understandable huff, “I came here for brisket and now y’all aren’t serving it as a special?! This is terrible!” Of course, we at Pok-e-Jo’s understand that this was both surprising and disappointing for Mr. Smith and he was given a sliced beef plate at the special plate price however, we also saw this as an opportunity to introduce Mr. Smith to a new menu item that he might like, enjoy even, and so with his plate was given a sample of the pork loin and we sent him on his way.

Almost 30 minutes later, John Smith stood up from his table, walked over to the manager of the store and said “That pork loin was amazing! I didn’t know pig could taste so good, save for bacon! Thank you for offering me that, I now have a new meat to compete with brisket!” And with that, John Smith left Pok-e-Jo’s a new man, a changed man, we’d like to think a better man for he now knew the joy that we in the company have known for quite a while: Pok-e-Jo’s pork loin is the best smoked meat you may have never had but you can fix that any Wednesday of the month, so grab a friend on hump day and Come and Get It!

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What are Y’all Smokin’? Oh, It’s Fajitas!

Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse, a name that has become synonymous with tender brisket, fall-off-the-bone pork ribs, homemade potato salad and other great bbq traditions, is dedicated to making delicious meals born from Texas traditions. Many think of us solely as a “bbq joint”, what many don’t realize is that the same pits that smoke that tender brisket and those pork ribs also smoke fantastic fajitas! That’s right, you can order smoked beef and chicken fajitas served with borracho beans, pico de gallo, chips and queso and much more to cater your office meeting, game day tailgate or pool party (margarita machine not included).

Pok-e-Jo’s offers two fajita packages, both made to order with homemade meats, sides, salsas and come with plates, serving and eating ware as well as iced tea, lemons and cups. The first package, our Basic Fajita Package, comes with both smoked skirt steak and chicken fajita meat served with smoked onions and bell peppers. This package includes borracho pinto beans, spanish rice, pico de gallo, shredded cheddar cheese, picante salsa and tortilla chips all handmade and prepared in house for each order, and also includes sour cream and flour tortillas. The second package, The Deluxe Fajita Package, has everything from the previous package and more! In addition to everything in the basic package, the Deluxe Fajita Package comes with homemade chile con queso made with our house pico de gallo and melted cheese, also included is our guacamole made fresh to order for every package making the Deluxe Package a complete fajita experience. Both packages come with plates, serving ware and tea and are available for pickup or delivery and set up. Due to the fact that we must prepare each package to order, please be aware that we will typically need 12-24 hours notice for any fajita order.

So if you love Pok-e-Jo’s bbq but are ready to spice things up and try something new, give any of our locations a call today and ask about our fabulous smoked fajitas today!

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