Bodacious: One of the best 'new' BBQs in Texas

Published: Oct. 29, 2015 at 9:09 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 29, 2015 at 10:37 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - It's barbecue that's so good it's called bodacious, and Texas Monthly agrees. They just came out with a list of the 25 best new barbeque joints in Texas, and Bodacious Bar-B-Q is on it.

So how can one of the oldest barbeque restaurants in Longview make the "new" list?

It's stood proudly across from LeTourneau University, filling empty stomachs since 1968. Roland Lindsey already had at least five barbeque restaurants around Dallas before he started smoking meat in Longview. He fell ill a few years ago and had to close his oldest East Texas pit.

Lindsey eventually got better, and his son-in-law, Jordan Jackson, who is a classically trained French chef, suggested he re-open Bodacious.

"I told him, I said I'd be in Texas Monthly," Jackson laughed.

But he was right, and he made old new again.

Jackson's been down the Texas Monthly road before. He worked at Stanley's in Tyler when they made Texas Monthly.

Jackson says barbecue fame has moved away from East Texas to other areas of the state.

"I'm trying to help, along with some other guys, to make it a barbecue destination again," Jackson says.

Step one was to reopen the place.

"Everybody doesn't have this seasoning, and if they ain't got this seasoning, they ain't got no good meat," says Doris Reese of Longview.

Customer Charles Mayfield says, "This is a great place to eat, they have nice food here."

But Longview's first Bodacious was more than just a stomach-filling station.

"This was the proving-ground store. So if you were going to try to open a Bodacious or run one, you had to come here and prove yourself first," Jackson says.

And that took about a year, if you made the cut.

"Hopefully I'll be one that gets to stay working with them," Jackson says.

Well if he can't make the cut, he has that French chef thing as a backup.

There are over 20 Bodacious locations all over East Texas, and they're all a little different. The Bodacious on Longview's Mobberly Avenue serves beef, pork and two sides, one of which is free. If you want turkey, you'll have to go elsewhere.

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