BBQ is a taste memory. BBQ is a culture, not a concept. BBQ is friends, family & love.

— Mike Mills

Whole Hog Extravaganza and BBQ MBA Event 2013

ssweeney's Review of Big Earls

Joint: 
  • Brisket: Smokey... even though they cut off the bark & smoke ring. Tender & falling apart, but not 'juicy'. Good, but just a tad chewy on the finish.
  • Coleslaw: Crunchy, with a thin dressing... black pepper for spice. Nice.
  • Sauce: Sweet with black pepper. Tangy with black pepper. Corn starch for thickener?
  • Sausage: Good meaty flavor & smoke balance. Black pepper adds spice on the finish. Casing is thick, but tears away easily.
  • Atmosphere: Nice joint feel. Good patio area, with smokehouse right behind. Several barrel pits around the outside of the joint. BYOB. Cafeteria-style serving line. Nice folks, and they give a good tour.
  • Spare Rib: HOT...ouch! Just off the pit. Good rub. Nice meat flavor and smoke balance. Rich meat. Good texture. Very good rib!
  • Potato Salad: Good, although somewhat bland.
  • Beans: Standard issue pintos.
Main Fare: 
8
Other Fare: 
6.2
Atmosphere: 
7.5