Have you ever found something so great you were torn on whether to tell everyone or to keep it a secret? As you may remember from my July review I am a huge fan of BBQ. It is common to find BBQ ribs on the menu of many Twin Cities restaurants but they are nothing like those of Big Daddy’s. Big Daddy’s is located at the northwest corner of University and Dale in St. Paul and is open only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Contrary to how ribs are generally served these southern style ribs are without sauce. As their website explains “The only time you put sauce on the meat is to cover up a mistake”. On my first visit to Big Daddy’s I ordered two racks of Pork Ribs and a half rack of Southern Style Beef Ribs. One glance of the pork ribs with their dark bark and meat pink throughout due to the intensity of the smoking process was all I needed to quickly modify my order to three racks. Seating is limited at Big Daddy’s so you should plan on a “to go” order. Later that day the family and I feasted on the Big Daddy’s treats and all agreed it was the best we had ever eaten. There is nothing flashy about Big Daddy’s BBQ, nor does there need to be because it’s simply great. The menu includes several side dishes and whole or half BBQ chicken and rib tips. They also offer BBQ sauce on the side in regular and hot for those who feel the need. Note that the hot is HOT so be careful. As I walked out the door after my first visit, I smiled at the server and said “see you tomorrow”.
PS. If you are a Western Wisconsin cabin owner I highly recommend picking up an order on the way up on Friday, on the way home on Sunday or perhaps both!.
Bill’s Beverage of the Month
Not much goes better with ribs than fine ale. This month’s choice is Magic Hat #9 and as explained on the Magic Hat website, #9 is “A beer cloaked in secrecy. An ale whose mysterious and unusual palate will swirl across your tongue and ask more questions than it answers. A sort of dry, crisp, refreshing, not-quite pale ale. #9 is really impossible to describe because there’s never been anything else quite like it.”