Finally. A new BBQ restaurant has opened in Barrie. I was looking forward to the opening of Big Chris’s Smokehouse since the last BBQ restaurant in Barrie – Mike Love’s BBQ closed in 2008.
Big Chris’s has been open for less than 48 hours but I could not resist popping in to try some of their BBQ.
I asked what type of equipment they use and was told it is an electric Cookshack smoker with apple and hickory chips.
I ordered their half rack of ribs ($12.95) and their half bun Pulled Pork Sandwich ($5.50) both came with sides of beans coleslaw and fries. I got both of these orders to go.
Ill start with their ribs. Currently they have only one sauce and they will be introducing more (Mustard, Texas spicy etc) in the future.
The half rack is generously portioned. Very meaty rack. The ribs did not fall off the bone and were cooked in my opinion properly. They had really good texture. The sauce was not overly sweet. Nice balance overall. It was a decent rack of ribs with a very noticeable smoke taste.
Now something I wasn’t expecting was the goodness of the fries. It is really hard to get good fries. This place does them really well. While I personally prefer hushpuppies with my BBQ these fries are beautifully crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. They remind me of old school fish and chip fries. Get some.
Next up would be my least favorite part of the meal – the beans. Seriously I expected much much better. They are not memorable. The texture is really mushy and bland. Theres just nothing there that would make you want their beans again. They could improve these greatly. A little onion a little spice and a better bean would go a long way on improving them. Truly they tasted like a can of Heinz beans dumped into a container. Take a pass on these.
The coleslaw was really good. You may want to get seconds. Super crunchy tart and sweet at the same time and a perfect match for my favorite part of the meal the pulled pork sammie.
Now this in my opinion would be worth the drive from Toronto to come to Barrie to eat lunch or dinner. This sandwich alone would be worth it. More often than not in restaurants these days pulled pork is over cooked mushy as heck and blander than anything. This sandwich is none of those things.
This is a really awesome Pulled Pork Sammie.
This is goodness on a bun. Please note this sammie must have weighed well over a pound and this was their half bun. The texture is what got me. The texture was great. The flavors came through a little smoke and a little sweet and all pork goodness. The pork pieces still have definition. Wonderful flavorful definition. I would go back for another. There are still a lot of other items I would like to try on their menu.
There are still lots of quirks to be figured out and I have no doubt they will get there. For me I would definitely recommend this place as a real contender for some of the best BBQ in Ontario. One of the key things I noticed was what I saw from other people – a whole lot of empty plates and happy looking folks.
They are open 7 days a week 11-11pm
110 Anne St. South