Jim grew up in a true, southern home. Raised on great home cooking. His mom was big on comfort foods and it was always very satisfying. From that upbringing he learned to what southern hospitality was all about, and he wanted to do that as an adult. Feed people good food and seeing them leave satisfied, was what he desired. After a career serving in the United States Air Force, he knew what he needed to do. Both him and his wife, Jo, loved cooking together so opening a family restaurant was the only logical next step. After much debate and brainstorming, Jim Jo, his son, Jon, decided Havelock needed a good Texas BBQ place, an alternate to NC style BBQ. Their idea came after visiting Jo's brother in Texas. Lockhart is considered the BBQ capital of Texas. No trip was complete without making several runs to eat BBQ. On one trip Jim and Jo approached the owner of one of the oldest BBQ joints in Lockhart. She was given his basic rub recipe and a quick tour of how their brisket was prepared. With their own take on that rub, a new homemade sauce, and family recipes for the side items from both Jim's mother and Jo's mom, JJ Texas BBQ was born. The Double J name comes from the fact that all their family consists of J names, thus the JJ (Pronounced Double J). Still to this day seeing people comforted and satisfied is Jim's biggest reward, and the reason he continues to work hands on in the restaurant.