Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ Restaurant Review


Big Bubbas Bad BBQ


Big Bubbas Bad BBQ Website

Big Bubbas Bad BBQ Exterior

Big Bubbas Bad BBQ is a food concession that appears at some of the country’s largest State Fairs, Nascar Races, and Livestock Shows since 1996. You will find them in California, Colorado, and New Mexico. We have eaten their food several times over the years and found it to be pretty good. Our last visit in 2013 was during the Maker’s Faire in San Mateo.

The best time to order is in the middle of the day, when there is a line. Towards the end of the day, they wind down the BBQ’ing so food quality falls off.

Big Bubbas Bad BBQ Smoker

Decor, Vibe – Big Bubbas Bad BBQ has a huge smoker with tons of meat cooking. Corn was grilling on a separate grill. Long lines most of the time. Lots of families chowing down on fair grub. They use Lazzari Natural Mesquite Lump Charcoal.

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Website Big Bubbas Bad BBQ menu

Big Bubba’s Picks:

Big Bubbas Bad BBQ Ribs

Pork Spare Ribs ($9, $13 for a dinner plate) were great. Lots of tender meat and very good BBQ sauce. Tangy, sweet, and zesty sauce. Messy but delicious. Forget about the dinner with 4 ribs, average cole slaw and just forgettable beans. Our recommendation is to stick to the pure ribs.

Big Bubbas Bad BBQ pulled pork

Pulled pork sandwich ($9) was smothered in their barbecue sauce and featured lots of tender flavorful smoked pork. Their bun was pretty average.

Big Bubbas Bad BBQ Corn on the Cob

Corn on the Cob ($4) was fresh and cooked well. Not too much butter surprisingly!

Tri Tip dinner plate ($13) was average, had to slosh on the BBQ sauce to make it reasonably acceptable.

Smoked Turkey Leg ($9) makes you look like Fred Flintstone. Huge but very salty and not very tender meat. Cover it in BBQ sauce to make it passable.

Big Bubbas Bad BBQ serves up a quick fixing of good pork BBQ ribs that is surprisingly decent. Service is about as much as you can expect from minimum wage workers toiling in the hot sun. Avoid several of their non-rib items. Look for Big Bubba’s bad BBQ at the next county fair. The ribs are almost on par with Memphis Minnes. They have restaurant locations in Paso Robles, Visalia, Atascadero, and Merced, but reviews on Yelp do not look good.

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Big Bubbas Bad BBQ Overall Rating: (Good 2)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Good)
Service Rating: (Average)
Atmosphere Rating: (Below Average)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Hours:Event hours
Parking:Paid Lot
Prices:$1 - $9.75

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  • auggiedoggie
    February 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    This has to have been the worst BBQ I’ve ever tasted. When you BBQ over coals, you will be able to smell the charcoal.
    This BBQ appeared to have been boiled first and then place over a gas BBQ. There was no seasoning, no flavor and worst off, when you cut between the ribs, the meat just fell off the bone. Anyone who has the slightest ability to BBQ knows that the meat has to be attached to the bone. This was $50 thrown out the window – never a recommendation from me

  • Raffaella
    September 6, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    More like Bib Bubba’s Bad Attitude! Dreadful costumer service. We went there today for lunch (an hour drive from where we live), only to find out that you can only get a free meal on the exact day of your birthday (fair enough), that the group picture service they provide was not available because the camera was broken, that the bull was not working, and that – so they say – they had been very busy the night before so they were out of tri tip, baby back ribs and beef ribs, but we could have a salad if we wanted one…fancy that!

    When we asked to speak to the manager, this guy came out and told us that we had an attitude as there was food available, and that seen how upset we were, he was not sure he wanted to help us out. Needless to say, we left. If what you want to do is spend too much money for not very good quality food and bad costumer service, then this is the place for you. Us? Never again!!

  • Kathryn
    September 20, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I had a pulled pork sandwich from this vendor at the recent Great American Beer Festival. It was without a doubt the best bbq pork sandwich I’ve ever had…the seasoning was amazing. They serve it without any sauce and you add however much you want, which surprised me. But the meat was so tender and well seasoned it almost did not need any sauce.

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