Category Archives: Big John’s Alabama BBQ

>Update for February


I heard this song last night in the car and I really loved it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a clean version to post here. The band is called Newfound road and you can visit their website here. The name of the song is “Try to Be.” I’d recommend not watching the video if Cloverfield or The Blair Witch Project got to you, but listen to the song anyway.

Now, back to business as usual.

First, I’d like to let everyone know that Big John’s Alabama BBQ has reopened. You might remember that I posted a review about them last year. I’m STILL getting comments on it, so I thought I just update you. I think Cameron and I may have to visit them again.

Secondly, let’s talk about the SuperBowl. I’ll admit that I succumbed to my third beer and passed out after the Halftime show. I did see the first half and I really felt like the Saints deserved to win. I initially thought that the Colts would show strength under pressure, but the Saints were willing to be gutsy. I’m not commenting on the second half of the game since I didn’t see it. At 10:15, I groggily sat up and asked who was winning. It was a humorous moment.

The new year has had me really busy, so I am trying to focus on everything and do things right. I have some great new things to talk about in the next week or so. I promise.

>Food Review: Big John’s Alabama BBQ.

>Yesterday, my brother Cameron and I ventured out into Tampa to look at an apartment. On the way, we saw a giant smoke stack and Cam yelled “Stop! We are going THERE!”

The place in question was Big John’s Alabama BBQ. We walked into a place filled with the aroma of roasting meat. It was wonderful. I never know what to order because I want everything. Cameron ordered the chopped pork sandwich and I followed suit. Cameron ordered the slaw and beans. I ordered the macaroni salad and potato salad, so all of the sides were sampled.

Cameron scarfed the slaw down and loved it. He also liked the beans, but said he wanted to make his own at home later. I thought that the potato salad tasted alright, but that it had a much too liquid consistency. The macaroni salad also tasted as it should have, but it was not the best the restaurant has to offer.

After the opening act, it was time for the star of the show. It was time for the pork and barbecue sauce. I ordered my sauce on the side. Cameron did not. I tasted the pork first and it was wonderful. It was tender, juicy, and delicious. I tasted the sauce next. Cameron said that it tasted like ketchup with a lot of vinegar added to it. I agreed with him, but we both felt like it grew on you. It wasn’t bad at all.

Big John’s has the feel of a barbecue joint. The room has about 6 small tables, padded metal chairs, and plastic picnic style table clothes. You walk up to a big counter to order and they bring your food to you there. If you are thirsty they sell canned soda and I was very happy to find that they stocked Coca-Cola.

All in all, it was a good experience. The food was good. The pork was great. We were happy. My brother insists that I will take him there again.

Big John’s Alabama BBQ is located at 5707 N 40th St, Tampa, FL 33610‏.

Note: Due to the widening of 40th Street, Big John’s will be closing for three months starting on the first of April, 2009.

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