The newest BBQ kid on the block is Big Daddy’s BBQ in Scottsdale! It’s in a great location, right off of Shea and the 101 by the Bamboo Club. You won’t miss is when you look for the “Big Daddy’s” big red Fire Truck!
I had the opportunity to check out Big Daddy’s early June with the Phoenix Tastecasting crew. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted by general manager Owen and we got a run down on the eatery, then he took our drink orders. I was pleasantly surprised to see they carried many varieties of “Dad’s” sodas. I opted for a Dad’s orange cream soda with vanilla vodka. The bartender swore by it and BOY was it good!
As we sat at our umbrella covered picnic table, visions of tri tip and saucy ribs danced in our heads. The first items we got to try on the menu was their smoked chicken wings and deep fried pickles. I have been wanting to try fried pickles for a couple years now and finally got my chance and they were delicious. Everything I ever expected and made from nice garlicky dill spears which are my favorite. So so good! The smoked chicken wings were also very good, you could certainly taste the smoky flavor and they were very tender.
Next came the BBQ and the sides. We got to try pulled pork, ribs, tri tip, brisket, macaroni and cheese, creamed corn, cole slaw, sweet potato fries, baked beans, corn bread…the whole BBQ spread basically. I have to say a few things about all of this. First, their macaroni and cheese is absolutely amazing. A perfect blend of real cheese and velveeta (processed cheese) to give you that smooth creamy taste and texture. It really reminded me of the mac at Lo Lo’s Chicken and Waffles. The sweet potato fries were also spectacular, with a light dusting of cinnamon sugar, these were hard to put down. I thought the creamed corn was poorly executed. Seeing as the pe0ple of Mastro’s Steakhouse is backing this restaurant, I expected delicious creamed corn like they have at Mastro’s, but that is not the case as it was heavily drenched in a cream sauce and had little flavor. All of the meat was perfectly cooked. The pulled pork platter was awesome, it came with raw red onion slices, bread n butter pickles, hunks of cornbread, and buttered dinner rolls…perfect set up to make a yummy sandwich and raw red onion is one of my favorite things! My only problem was that I just didn’t like their sauce at all. Big Daddy’s makes their own sauce in house. They say it’s a mix between Kansas City and South Carolina moppin style sauce, but I just didn’t dig the flavor. It was very acidic and almost too fruity for me, for some reason all I could taste was cherries and vinegar. Maybe my tastes buds were having an off night, I’m not sure. I’ll have to go in again and bring my husband and see what he thinks. I’m hoping, maybe they’ll start making more than one kind of sauce. I always love a BBQ joint that gives you choices. Other than that, the food there is for the most part, very tasty. I just wish I loved their sauce more, after all, it IS one of the main components of BBQ for me, next to the way the meat is cooked. I will try it again soon though and see if I still come to that conclusion.
Don’t forget, Big Daddy’s also has a full bar, so add a cold beer to your BBQ next time you join them. Friendly hospitality and fun casual atmosphere makes Big Daddy’s a pretty cool place. When you leave, be sure to grab some penny candy near the register…they have it all, even my favorite, “Boston Baked Beans”!!