Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Big Bib

2427 Austin Hwy
San Antonio, TX 78218
Open Tues-Sat 11-8, Sun 12-6

The first time I saw the listing for the Big Bib, I just assumed it was a typo and it was supposed to be the Big Rib. Not so. A few barbecue folks around town directed us here, so on the way out of town we stopped at this tiny storefront. What is pictured below is far less than what I actually ate. As I ordered at the counter they asked if I'd been there before. When I said no they started setting out samples of nearly every meat they served, although I had only ordered a simple combo plate.

It was hard to remember all of those rapid-fire meat samples, but the turkey was moist and smoky whole muscle meat. The pulled pork was juicy and studded with bits of crust. The sausage was forgettable, but the chicken was smoky and better than I expected. Back in the car I had a bit more time to contemplate the brisket and ribs alone. The baby backs had a generous rub, but a nice crust was still allowed to form. The meat had great tenderness, but had dried out a bit. It needed a bit more smoke, but was a good rib overall. The brisket also needed some of that smoke, but the meat was well cooked with a good crust, nicely rendered fat, and good flavor overall.

It might be a tiny joint, but the Big Bib displayed some hospitality in a big way. Their barbecue was better than average which is worth noting in a city that doesn't have a huge number of great barbecue options. I'd be happy to return.

Rating *** 

1 comment:

PM Summer said...

Excellent review sir. I've not eaten there, but sounds like an "Old School" place that often gets dismissed by today's standards. Sounds like a place I'd like.

If only they served Pearl. ;-)


Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.