It's been awhile since I've had real slow cooked Barbeque. In two trips to Big T's on Macloed Trail and Heritage Drive, I've gotten a pretty good sense of what they have to offer.
They are a bit of a kitsch setting. The wait staff is Moxies, Earls type quality - a bit mediocore, but perfectly fine. Non-smoking, with some strategically placed wash bins for cleaning up the mesy fingers.
The real focus of the menu is meat. Pretty much everything comes with cornbread (not warm, no butter), coleslaw (creamy but with the caraway seeds), beans (not bad at all). You can choose an additional side, I tried the hush puppies, which were served with maple syrup. They were pretty good, and a nice traditional sidedish.
The Prime rib beef bones are slow cooked and then heated up on the grill. They were quite moist, with great colour and flavour. The baby back ribs looked a bit blackened from the grill action. But tasted just fine. The half chicken was pretty standard fare, but was moist. The sausage got a poor review from a dining companion. The pulled pork is really pulled, not shredded, and not dumped in sauce. I haven't had any of the brisket. The portions are ridiculous, and prices are very low
Anyways, I haven't had a lot of BBQ in this city, but I think this place is much better then similar restaurants I've been to here. Red Devil and the Santa Fe restaurants weren't as good. I wish the place didn't have a chain restaurant feel, but the food is good, and everything else is passable.
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