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    Default Bono's Pit BBQ, St. Augustine

    Bono's Pit BBQ seems like one of those "typical BBQ joints". You know what I mean...kind of like Sonny's, Woody's, Dustin's, Dickie's, and countless others. Normally it's a dried out, over smoked, over cooked, and over-sauced BBQ mess on a plate.

    Little did we know Bono's has been around since 1949. Mostly scattered around NE Florida in Jacksonville, with a place in Denver, Gainesville and St. Augustine. Sixty-seven (67) years is almost unheard of in the restaurant business.

    Bono's St. Augustine has never looked crowded, but the drive-thru is always hopping. We visited on a Thursday evening. The crowd was minimal, the staff was cordial and efficient. Food service was very fast, almost too-fast. You know, the kind of fast where you think the food is coming directly from the microwave to your table. Not so at Bono's. Always fresh.

    We both ordered combo platters of meats, sides, and sweet tea.

    SIDES:

    Mac/Cheese - very, very cheesy and obviously handmade. Piping hot with just right amount of cheese to pasta. Not one to share mac/cheese, we each had our own.
    Brunswick Stew - smoked brisket, beans, veggies, and spices. A cupful of lovely homemade goodness. We could eat this by itself with some garlic toast.
    Baked Beans - somewhat typical of most BBQ joints, but with their spices and meats it's above par. Definitely not from a can.

    MEATS:

    First, let me say that Bono's is the FIRST BBQ joint that we enjoyed ALL of our meats without adding any sauce. Every meat was tender and juicy with an excellent bark. Their slow cooking shows through with awesome little crunchy bits from the bark. We tried the brisket, pork, ribs, turkey, and chicken.

    Secondly, who offers turkey? My other half spied the turkey and added it to her combo. Man-o-man was that some juicy, tender, and flavorful bird. Major kudos on that one Bono's.
    SAUCES:

    We're not fans of BBQ joint sauces. Most of them are generic and taste the same from roadside joint to roadside joint. Bono's is no different, except for the Reggie's Pit Boss Sauce. This sauce was freakin' amazing. Hot, spicy, peppery, thick, and just plain yummy. This sauce was a creation of one of their cutters in Jacksonville. He took their basic hot BBQ sauce and added some tasty bits. Reggie...you're the man. If I ever meet you I'm going to hug you and slap your butt. That's some tasty sauce.

    CONCLUSION:

    Being a Southerner, it takes a lot for me to get excited about BBQ. I've had bad, fair, decent, good, amazing, and great BBQ's. I would class Bono's as one of the greats. A pit master is judged by his meats, not his sides. The meats are great. Tender, juicy, and flavorful. So good you don't need sauce. In fact, if you need to sauce your meat you should be going to a different BBQ joint.

    I was born and raised in NE Florida, how I've never been to Bono's before is beyond me. We have finally found some great BBQ meats, and it is Bono's. You won't be disappointed.

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    Default Re: Bono's Pit BBQ, St. Augustine

    Stumpy, if these medicine or trash hauling things don't work out, you could have a career in restaurant reviewing. Your reviews always makes me almost taste the food. Happy that you found such a good place to satisfy your love of BBQ.
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    Great review Stumpy......we couldn't agree more
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    For chain BBQ, Bono's is one of the Best!
    Just the simple fact the meats aren't drowning in sauce is a plus plus!
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    Default Re: Bono's Pit BBQ, St. Augustine

    Reggie?

    I think he is on one of the local Swip Swap sites and sells his own barbeque in Bunnell as well. I heard his food is fabulous!

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    Default Re: Bono's Pit BBQ, St. Augustine

    Is this him? (not sure you will get it if you are not on FB)

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    Here is his stuff


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