I don’t recall the first time I heard about Big Bob Gibson and the mayo based bbq sauce for chicken. It was probably on FoodTV. I know it was quite a few years ago. But I was intrigued. I love mayo. So I found a recipe, my husband grilled some chicken and we gave it a try. We enjoyed it. Over the years we have purchased BBG’s sauce from BBQ Galore. It was good. But I like my homemade better (less preservatives and other odd stuff). About a year and a half ago we heard BBG was building a restaurant in NC. We were excited. The restaurant has been opened a few months and we decided to give it a try last night. Even though it’s about 40 miles from our house, we were excited.
We arrived at BBG’s Monroe, NC location for supper. Looks like they cook the meat on premises, based on the wood stacked behind a fence hooked to the restaurant. Restaurant looked ok, the inside was a surprise. It more of a steak house feel (low lighting) than a BBQ joint. We were seated, pursued the menu and ordered. We started with a cup of Brunswick stew. For our entrée I ordered the combo chicken and pulled pork with slaw and potato salad and my husband ordered the combo chicken and brisket with vinegar slaw and fries. We ate our Brunswick stew and enjoyed it. I thought it was very good. After waiting a while the waitress returned and first said the chicken “didn’t look right” so they were not serving it but then said they were out. Either way we had to pick something new. We were both very disappointed, as this was the reason we drove out there to eat. But we chose the smoked turkey. Food finally arrived.
First impressions- for the cost of the food, you didn’t get very much. I like the smoked turkey. I thought it was good. But I was still disappointed about not getting the chicken. The pulled pork was ok. Not good, not bad. Tasted more like beef than pork. I did not care for BBG’s red sauces. The white sauce they brought to table tasted different than I remembered, I think it needed to be refrigerated. The slaw and potato salad were nothing special. My husband did not like his food. His brisket tasted like roast beef. The manager came over and apologized for running out of chicken. He offered a free slice of pie. The pecan pie was excellent. I’m not holding it against them for not having chicken. I understand that things happen. I think chicken must be their claim to fame.
So here are my final thoughts. Would I eat at BBG again? Yes I would. Would I drive 40 miles out of my way? No I would not. But we pass BBG when we go to the beach. So if it were lunch or supper time, I would stop.
I don’t claim to be a BBQ expert. I was born and raised on Wilber’s BBQ (Goldsboro, NC) and up until the last few years considered it the #1 king. Now I like my husband’s version of Eastern NC better. But I would not miss a chance to eat at any Eastern NC venue- Wilber’s, Parker’s, Scotts, or Allen and Sons. I’m also not a fan of ketchup based BBQ sauce.
If you are in the Monroe, NC area and want brisket. Drive a few miles to Elliot’s BBQ in Matthews.