You can smell the smoky goodness before you even park your car, a sure sign of barbecue seriousness. Walk into Big B’s and you’re transported to Texas—a big, open restaurant with country tunes, picnic tables, enticing aromas and just the right vibe for a memorably meaty meal.
This could be the local barbecue joint we’ve been hangry for. Created by local nightlife veterans (and husband and wife) Brian Buechner and Natalia Badzjo, Big B’s is all about slow-smoked satisfaction. Walk down the line and choose your favorites, from chicken and smoked turkey to unbelievably tender baby back ribs, brisket and pulled pork. For your first time, grab a three-meat plate ($15.99) so you can sample as many options as possible, including two sides. I recommend the meat-laden BBQ beans and the country-style potato salad.
My Texas barbecue experience has been all about beef, and while Big B’s delivers solid brisket and tri-tip, it was the pig that stole the first-bite spotlight. Sweet and smoky, the pulled pork was perfect with some of the spicy, sublime, mustard-based sauce on your table, and the ribs literally fall off the bone.
For a brand-new restaurant—especially one serving barbecue, a cuisine category where this town has long needed an upgrade—the Big B’s experience is impressive. We’ll have more, please.
Big B's Texas BBQ 3019 St. Rose Parkway #130, 702-260-6327. Daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.