Ennis Ford Perfect Drive
Ennis Daily News

Joe F. Honza, Sr.: Ennis’s barbecue man

Like many Czech residents of his day, Joe F. Honza, Sr. (1896-1955) was a devoted father and husband as well as a successful farmer in the Ennis area. His son, Lawrence Honza, remembers him as hard-working, dependable and caring, again not unlike many men who supported their families in the first half of the 20th century. “Dad farmed a half section with two-thirds of the acreage in cultivation,” Lawrence recalled. “About half of our land was in the Waxahachie Creek bottom, which is now a flood plain for Lake Bardwell. We raised cotton, corn and oats, pretty much what farmers raise today.” But Joe Honza was no average Joe. While working his farm in Bardwell, he managed to carve out a reputation as one of the state’s most sought after barbecue cooks.
“From what our family was able to learn, Dad was the first and premier barbecue man in this area,” Lawrence said. “This was in the mid-1930s. He cooked in many places — at the country club in Waxahachie, for the country club here in Ennis, for the Byrd-Rankin celebrations, and at many other venues such as weddings at all the halls here in Ennis.” Read this story and more in your Weekend edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

Post to Twitter




Posted by on Jan 20 2018. Filed under About Ennis, History of Ennis. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed

Featured Links

    Search Archive

    Search by Date
    Search by Category
    Search with Google

    Photo Gallery

    Log in


    Copyright: All rights reserved. Users may download and print extracts of content from this website for their own personal and non-commercial use only. Republication or redistribution of Ennis Daily News content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Ennis Daily News. Ennis Daily News and its logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Ellis County Newspapers, Inc.

    © Ellis County Newspapers, Inc. 2019