Good 'ol Floyd Rothenberger knows a few things about barbecue. That's him on the left, holding a smoked brisket. His J.R.'s Texas Bar-B-Que has been around for 25 years, in a light-industrial area near the Campbell Soup factory. There, he loads cast-iron smokers with mesquite and cooks brisket, beef and pork ribs, pork shoulder, chicken, turkey and hot links.
Four years ago he set up a J.R.'s in West Sacramento, and on Oct. 19 opened a third 'cue joint on El Camino Avenue, near Watt Avenue.
Both satellite restaurants "have the same menu as the mother store," he said on the phone Wednesday. "I'm getting ready to start breakfast soon (at the El Camino site), probably after the first of the year. We'll have biscuits and gravy, chicken-fried steak - items like that."
We'll be waiting. Meanwhile, pass another slice of brisket, please.
The new J.R.'s Texas Bar-B-Que restaurant is at 3445 El Camino Ave., Sacramento; (916) 514-1148. The original is at 180 Otto Circle, Sacramento; (916) 424-3520. The West Sacramento site is at 4055 Lake Road; (916) 373-0800. To see menus: www.jrtexasbbq.com.