Jones Bar-B-Q Diner

Review by: Cliff Strutz

If you like your Roadfood restaurants humble, with a monomaniacal menu, have we got a place for you! Jones Bar-Q-Diner is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in tiny Marianna, AR, an hour west of Memphis. There is a sign in the parking lot that says open since 1964, but owner James Jones told us the restaurant’s roots go back 150 years! Despite recently garnering well-deserved national attention, nothing has changed and locals still flock to the place.

All you will find on the menu is pork barbecue sandwiches on cheap white bread, with or without cole slaw. Mr. Jones cooks pork shoulder/Boston butt for hours over hickory and oak, resulting in tender pulled pork with a remarkably clear smokiness. Nothing else is needed for meat of this quality, but the thin, slightly sweet, vinegar barbecue sauce is the rare sauce that truly enhances the flavor. So simple and yet so good! There are no sides and if you want something to drink, just grab a soda out of the refrigerator.

The doors open at 7:00AM everyday but Sunday and they are frequently out of ‘que by noon. Knowing this, we arrived shortly after they opened and my girlfriend and I enjoyed barbecue for breakfast. After just two bites, she leaned over and whispered, “We are going to need more sandwiches!”

What To Eat

Pork Barbecue Sandwich


Jones Bar-B-Q Diner Recipes


What do you think of Jones Bar-B-Q Diner?

One Response to “Jones Bar-B-Q Diner”

William Mounger

December 23rd, 2013

Not really an eat-in place. Most folks get their bbq to go or simply eat in the parking lot in their vehicles…(Trucks). Bbq meat is the best I’ve ever had, hands down! The sandwich is served on white bread, with or without slaw(Old school). I usually buy the meat in bulk and make my own sandwiches.

I have lived in Marianna for 27 years. People come from all over to get this great bbq! I only have to drive three blocks…life is good!

As the review says, if you don’t get there before noon, you probably will miss out. When it’s gone…it’s gone!

Jones Bbq makes their money catering and cooking to order. If you want a ham, butt, or turkey cooked for a holiday or special occasion you will probably have to get on a waiting list!

But if you are in the area, in the morning, then a quick stop by Jones Bbq is more than worth the time!


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