Sometimes it's just nice to get away, but an extended trip just really isn't an option. That's where road trips come into play. So a while back my friend's visited Jocko's out in Nipomo. It's out in the middle of nowhere. After a few weeks of hearing them rave about how good the ribs are there, I threw out the idea of just driving out one weekend, eating, and driving back. So this morning, I drove to LA and picked them up, and 3 hours later we were in Nipomo.
So unlike most Texas or Tennessee or Memphis style bbq, Jocko's isn't smoked for an entire day or rubbed down with a secret dry rub or basted with an intense bbq sauce. The pit masters at Jocko's keep it simple. Everything they have on them menu is grilled over a wood fire pit and seasoned with salt and pepper. It's pretty mind blowing how amazing the meat comes out.
We ended up ordering an order of pork ribs, a 17oz steak, and an order of pork chops. The steak was fatty and juice and full of smokey salty goodness. It definitely wasn't a dry aged perfectly marbled cut of anything expensive, but it was simply delicious and completely satisfying. The ribs, the main attraction, were finger licking good. My first bite confused me a bit. I found myself thinking, a nearly 7 hour round trip for this? So I took another bite. The smokiness starts settling in. Okay so it's getting better. Finally another bite, and i'm hooked. The combination of smokey salty fall of the bone fattiness had me hooked. They were amazing.
The pork chops were a bit dry, and the rest of the dishes (salad, baked potato, etc..) were pretty forgetful. The biggest surprise of the meal was the Texas toast they serve. Buttery cheesy goodness! It was delicious and while i'm a bit regretful of filling up on free bread so much, it was definitely immensely satisfying. So overall Jocko's has my seal of approval. I'm still questioning the 7 hours and roughly 350mi of driving, but that's what road trips are all about. Good company, good times, and good eats. If you're ever passing through, make sure you drop by and check them out!
Jocko's Steak House
125 N Thompson Ave
Nipomo, CA 93444