On a recent trip to Fairbanks I stopped at Big Daddy’s BBQ. The restuarant dubs itself as the northern most southern barbecue and it is dang good food.
Big Daddy’s was profiled on The Food Network’s show Diner’s Drive-in’s and Dives with Guy Fieri. I wonder if he drove his classic red muscle car up here or was forced to take a plane to the Great White North? If you haven’t seen the show, Triple-D travels the country looking for the coolest places to eat. Big Daddy’s lives up to its name.
Set up like a sports bar with a huge flat screen TV airing the NHL Network and banners from every pro football team in the rafters and a stage in the corner for live music, Big Daddys’ charm is pleasing and not your average chain-style BBQ joint.
Some of the cool menu items:
Start with a layer of BBQ beans then you choice of beef brisket, pulled pork or smoked chicken, top that off with their creamy cole slaw and drizzled with their sweet BBQ sauces and served with a side of Texas Toast.
Whole chicken wings smoked then deep fried with your choice of sauce.
In the South they call them Hush Puppies but these are with a kick; cornmeal stuffed with onions, corn, and ham served with a side of honey mustard.
Fried Pickles with a side of sour cream.
I ordered the beef brisket sandwich. The sandwich arrived with a side of fries and a smattering of sliced pickles on a plate you might find at a backyard barbecue. I was offered a choice of three sauces–sweet BBQ, hot BBQ and Spicy Mustard. I liberally doused my sandwich with the mustard and it was excellent. The smokey flavor of the beef was not over powered by the sauce and the crispy but somehow sweet fries were a great compliment. The serving size was just right.
Total cost: $13.50 with a coke. Not bad for Alaska.
If you are in Fairbanks on a tour bus or up for the start of the 1,000 mile Yukon Quest dog sled race, Big Daddy’s BBQ is with the stop!