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J.R.'s Ribshack

281 North Star Avenue, Panama City, FL - (850) 871-5601
This humble roadside BBQ parlor serves some of the finest smoked meat in the Florida panhandle. Chicken and ribs are especially succulent, and the Brunswick stew is not to be missed.
100% Approval Rating (4 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Brunswick Stew
Onion Ring Basket
Pit-Smoked Rib Platter
Pit-Smoked BBQ Pork Sandwich
1/2 Pit-Smoked Chicken Dinner
Pit-Smoked Meat Combo Basket
Pit-Smoked Chicken and Rib Platter
Fried Green Tomatoes
Collard Greens
Fried Okra & Squash
Pit-Smoked Chicken and Pork Dinner
Macaroni & Cheese
Sweet Tea
Chopped BBQ Sandwich
BBQ Sauce
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Pit-Smoked Turkey Sandwich
Banana Pudding

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (10)
Roadfood.com Editor
"JR's really is a shack, in the best sense of the term. The building is ramshackle, décor inside includes a few dozen game animal trophies, pig figurines, and signs with slogans such as "If my pick-up truck ain't here, I'm in the woods chasin' deer…" Bathrooms are ..."   [Read More]
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Donald Frantz - Photos (6)
November 19, 2008
"While you enjoy the sun on Florida's "Forgotten Coast," your stomach starts to rumble, and the only thing that will satisfy it is BBQ. Well, J.R.'s Ribshack is just the place to stop that rumbling. The first thing you notice as you pull into the parking lot (besides ..."   [Read More]
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Pam Mason - Photos (4)
January 15, 2012
"J.R.'s Ribshack was an epiphany for me. From the first whiff of deep, rich, pit-smoke scent, I knew that this would be a new eating experience. The staff are friendly and made us feel right at home. Dinner started with crisp and tasty onion rings and fried green ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

281 North Star Avenue, Panama City, FL
(850) 871-5601

http://jrsribshack.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:No Data
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
This big, brawny spare rib makes little baby backs seem juvenile.
"This big, brawny spare rib makes little baby backs seem juvenile."
Michael Stern





A deliriously delicious combo: pit-smoked ribs and a quarter chicken.
"A deliriously delicious combo: pit-smoked ribs and a quarter chicken."
Michael Stern


JR's beans are loaded with shreds of pork.
"JR's beans are loaded with shreds of pork."
Michael Stern


The 'regular' size platter with four generous ribs and hearty homemade sides.
"The 'regular' size platter with four generous ribs and hearty homemade sides."
Pam Mason


The peach cobbler was more sugary sweet and soft breading than fruit, but we still loved every bite of this dessert.
"The peach cobbler was more sugary sweet and soft breading than fruit, but we still loved every bite of this dessert."
Cliff Strutz


The champagne of the South: sweet, sweet tea. It is served in tumblers big enough to sate serious thirst.
"The champagne of the South: sweet, sweet tea. It is served in tumblers big enough to sate serious thirst."
Michael Stern


We tried several different appetizers and our favorite was the half-pound basket of heavily coated fried okra and squash.
"We tried several different appetizers and our favorite was the half-pound basket of heavily coated fried okra and squash."
Cliff Strutz


Stepping out of the air conditioned car into panhandle heat and humidity, my camera lens fogged up and gave this exterior shot a dreamy look.
"Stepping out of the air conditioned car into panhandle heat and humidity, my camera lens fogged up and gave this exterior shot a dreamy look."
Michael Stern


The banana pudding is dense and delicious, full of banana chunks and full of flavor.  You can get it in two sizes: 8 ounces or 16 ounces.
"The banana pudding is dense and delicious, full of banana chunks and full of flavor. You can get it in two sizes: 8 ounces or 16 ounces."
Donald Frantz


A quarter pit-smoked chicken and a serving of pit-smoked BBQ pork, served with fresh hot fries and toast.

3 Choices of BBQ sauce - Sweet, Mild & XXX (HOT)
"A quarter pit-smoked chicken and a serving of pit-smoked BBQ pork, served with fresh hot fries and toast. 3 Choices of BBQ sauce - Sweet, Mild & XXX (HOT)"
Donald Frantz


J.R.'s potato salad is a
"J.R.'s potato salad is a "mashed" potato salad. The texture is almost like lumpy mashed potatos, with bits of onion and pickle. This is a mustard-based potato salad and it goes great with the pit-smoked meats."
Donald Frantz


J.R.'s Ribshack's secret ingredient: Good Old Fashioned Southern Pride...

And it SHOWS!
"J.R.'s Ribshack's secret ingredient: Good Old Fashioned Southern Pride... And it SHOWS!"
Donald Frantz


Even though J.R.'s is close to Panama City/Panama City Beach, it is still Southern country, and folks are proud of the hunting trophies.
"Even though J.R.'s is close to Panama City/Panama City Beach, it is still Southern country, and folks are proud of the hunting trophies."
Donald Frantz


J.R.'s Ribshack: this unassuming little building produces some of the best BBQ in the Florida panhandle.
"J.R.'s Ribshack: this unassuming little building produces some of the best BBQ in the Florida panhandle."
Donald Frantz


White BBQ sauce is provided on request and is somewhat suited to barbecue chicken ... if you like white BBQ sauce.
"White BBQ sauce is provided on request and is somewhat suited to barbecue chicken ... if you like white BBQ sauce."
Michael Stern


Sweet or unsweetened tea is available, along with the three finger-lickin' sauce options and peppery vinegar
"Sweet or unsweetened tea is available, along with the three finger-lickin' sauce options and peppery vinegar"
Pam Mason


A crispy juicy delight with a creamy ranch dipping sauce.
"A crispy juicy delight with a creamy ranch dipping sauce. "
Pam Mason


Sweet, spicy, and hugely satisfying, this Brunswick stew would be a happy meal unto itself. But, then, it would be a shame not to also eat some of JR's ribs or chicken.
"Sweet, spicy, and hugely satisfying, this Brunswick stew would be a happy meal unto itself. But, then, it would be a shame not to also eat some of JR's ribs or chicken."
Michael Stern


Fine, chewy macaroni & cheese
"Fine, chewy macaroni & cheese"
Michael Stern


Dry as served, the chopped BBQ sandwich perks right up with an application of one of JR's excellent sauces.
"Dry as served, the chopped BBQ sandwich perks right up with an application of one of JR's excellent sauces."
Michael Stern


Take your pick of sauces. Each delivers what it promises. The hot is not all that ferocious.
"Take your pick of sauces. Each delivers what it promises. The hot is not all that ferocious."
Michael Stern



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