There’s something to be said about great BBQ, and creating an award-winning sauce isn’t as simple as it may seem. If there’s one thing Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ knows, it’s
barbeque and they were at the Monterey County Fair this weekend in all their BBQ glory. The Monterey County Fair runs from August 31, 2011 through September 5, 2011, boasting some of the best entertainment, food and amusement in the State. We drove down to the fair on Saturday, and sampled a few food vendors. Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ offers a full range of oak-wood fired BBQ tri-tip, ribs, burgers and other barbeque specialties that are marinated and grilled to perfection.
Labor Day weekend traffic slowed our trip from Sacramento to a crawl. We were starving after driving nearly seven hours to get to Monterey. The only thing on our mind was food when we arrived, and the savory aroma of Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ oak-wood grill drew our attention from the gate. The Big Bubba’s BBQ food stand is one of the nation’s leading event concessionaires for festivals, fairs, and other large events, so we absolutely had to try it.
The Big Bad Bubba’s BBQ stand is enormous, and looks like a fixed building on the fairground (it’s actually really a stand).
The oak-wood grill sits proudly to the side of the stand and lures fair goers with its savory aromas.
I ordered a pulled pork sandwich dinner, and just as the name suggests, this meal was BIG. It’s all about the sauce, and this BBQ Sauce has a touch of heat, a touch of smoke, and a lot of flavor. The sauce strikes the palette with an initial burst of a dark, sweet flavor of molasses, followed by a powerful liquid smoke flavor, then ends with a slight bite (possibly Worcestershire sauce).
The pork butt is rubbed and slow smoked for what tastes like days – this meat literally melts in your mouth. A generous portion of pulled pork is placed on a soft, white bun and served with fresh cole slaw and beans. The sandwich was very tasty, smokey, and tender, the spices and salt content were just right and the meat was moist. This was a very satisfying lunch, not leaving much room for dessert afterward.
Andrew ordered the BBQ Beef Ribs dinner plate. Coming from an epicurean family, Andrew’s got quite a discerning palette when it comes to BBQ ribs. Not only was the portion far too large to finish, it far exceeded his expectations. It’s obvious that Big Bubba’s got oak-wood smoking down to a science. The large beef ribs were cooked to a perfect, mouth watering tenderness that easily came off the bone without falling off. Unfortunately, we couldn’t carry food and our equipment around, so Andrew wasn’t able to take leftovers home for today’s lunch, though he wishes he had.
We both left Bubba’s feeling more than satisfied, very full and we now want to try one of Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ restaurant locations. If you like BBQ, you will love Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ, and if you’ve already tried it, we’d love to hear about your experience.
In addition to being one of the nation’s leading concessionaires, Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ can be found at four California locations—Paso Robles, Atascadero, Merced, and Visalia, offering its extensive BBQ menu, line-dancing food servers and mechanical bull rides. Big Bubba’s was created by Roger Sharp in 1996, serving fairs, festivals and events, then expanded to restaurants around the state. Big Bubba’s serves tri-tip, smoked turkey leg, pulled pork, spare ribs, grilled chicken and BBQ beef sandwiches and dinners from coast to coast at some of the largest state fairs, NASCAR races, and livestock shows in the USA.