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Big Daddy Jay's Authentic Southern Style Smoked Ribs - A Must Try!

Big Daddy Jay's Authentic Southern Style Smoked Ribs
Big Daddy Jay's Authentic Southern Style Smoked Ribs
Quest of Discovering Southern-style Ribs
It's usually very rare to find an authentic Southern-style ribs here in the Metro, and maybe even in the entire country. Well fortunately, I got invited to try one out just recently in a humble place in Cubao, Quezon City called "Big Daddy Jay's All American BBQ", and I'm writing this blog to share about its amazing ribs!

Okay, pause. You are probably giving me a quizzical look right now regarding what I just said because you are thinking that there are a lot of restaurants offering delectable ribs.  Well, I'm not horsing around with you, and yes, you are right about that! However, I have to break it to you that most of these are not cooked the "southern way" but rather by a different recipe. Alright, perhaps, you are really puzzled right now, but fret not because as we move along with this blog post, you'll understand what I mean.

In the meantime, let's first explore this great place (a home of Southern-style smoked ribs) I recently discovered!

Big Daddy Jay's Hole-in-the-Wall restaurant in Cubao, Quezon City
Big Daddy Jay's Hole-in-the-Wall restaurant in Cubao, Quezon City
Big Daddy Jay's - A Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurant
In my opinion, Big Daddy Jay's can be tagged as a "Hole-in-the-Wall restaurant", since it was able to meet these two personal criteria:
  • The place is located in a not-so-prominent place (i.e. away from the busy streets and large crowd of people swarming by)
  • The place provides good-quality and unique food that is considerably affordable
Simple interior of Big Daddy Jay's All American BBQ Restaurant
Simple interior of Big Daddy Jay's All American BBQ Restaurant
Honestly, when I first saw the place from afar, I had an impression that I wouldn't enjoy it there, and when I had a glance of the interior, that impression was aggravated. Maybe it was attributable to the simplicity of the interior. I was thinking "what will I expect from this place having such a plain interior?"

Now, this perception suddenly changed when I actually tasted the amazing ribs. It was magic! When I took a look of the interior, I stopped seeing it as mediocre, and it didn't bother me anymore. I guess the ribs were so good, everything else followed.

Trivia: The management of Big Daddy Jay's is planning to open up a branch in South area particularly in BF Homes, Paranaque this coming October. Now south people won't travel far just to have a taste of this goody!

Before I proceed with the food, let me share with you the menu here in Big Daddy Jay's All American BBQ:
Menu and Prices - Big Daddy Jay's All American BBQ
Menu and Prices - Big Daddy Jay's All American BBQ
According to the owner, the menu is limited because they wanted to specialize on these items. Most of these are from family recipes and some are products of brainstorming (i.e. fusion of ideas).

Now, as a heads up, I want to briefly discuss here how a Southern-style smoked ribs look like. This is to avoid you from having a negative impression on the first glance on the ribs.

Understanding Southern-style Smoked Ribs
Grilling the Southern Style Smoked Ribs in Big Daddy Jay's
The making of the breathtaking Southern Style Smoked ribs in Big Daddy Jay's
Ordinarily, a normal person seeing the Southern-style ribs for the first time would see something horrible and disgusting. He'll think that the ribs are overcooked and burnt. Since I consider myself "normal", I'm guilty of having that impression on the ribs. Honestly, I was screaming "Get me out of this place!" in my mind, the moment I saw the ribs and took a snapshot. 

Shortly, I was oriented with the Southern-style way of cooking the ribs, and discovered the following about the awesome smoked rib:
  • The Bark - this is the one commonly mistaken as the burnt or char marks. However, it is not what it seemed to be. This was formed out of the spices used from dry-rubbing the ribs due to the smoking process that eventually seals in the heavenly flavors
  • Smoke Ring - Pink colored ring just beneath the bark, found in wood-smoked meats
Alright! Now that you have an idea of the Southern-style ribs, we are now ready to explore some of the dishes offered here in this restaurant!

Spinach Packets || P120
Spinach Packets to stimulate the appetite!
These spinach packets were light and crispy in texture which made it enjoyable to munch on, while the spinach and mozzarella cheese filling had a balance flavor - just enough to tickle the appetite.

Tomato Basil Pasta || P160
Simple yet well-cooked Tomato Basil Pasta in Big Daddy Jay's
Simple yet well-cooked Tomato Basil Pasta in Big Daddy Jay's
This pasta dish was something I appreciate due to its simple yet suave flavor. There was an interesting blend of sweetness and sourness coming from the tomato, while the spices added a little complexity to the taste. Note, however, that there is nothing too unique about it, in its overall aspect.

Chicken Wings - Buffalo Style || P160
The mildly hot Chicken Wings of Big Daddy Jay's
The mildly hot Chicken Wings of Big Daddy Jay's
This Buffalo-style chicken wings had an interesting mild kick that just stimulated a part of my senses. Aside from the enjoyable hotness, I also liked the crispiness of the wings.

Chicken Wings - Honey Mustard || P160
The Honey Mustard Chicken Wings of Big Daddy Jay's
The Honey Mustard Chicken Wings of Big Daddy Jay's All-American BBQ
The Honey Mustard chicken, on the other hand, had a light taste of the honey mustard. It felt super nostalgic eating this chicken because of the highly comforting taste (which reminded me of home-cooking) and crispiness.

Okay, for the main event a.k.a. the star of the feast, we have the Southern-style ribs!

Original Smoked Ribs || P180 - Solo Plate (with rice and 1 side dish) || P450 - Half Slab alone || P880 - Full Rack (good for 3-5) 
Cooked low and slow in the custom-built smoker. "Fall-off-the-bone" delicious!
The beautiful piece of meat - Original Smoked Ribs by Big Daddy Jay's
The beautiful piece of meat - Original Smoked Ribs by Big Daddy Jay's
First off, what I found really striking was the wafting and tantalizing aroma! Next thing that hit me was the flavorful and potent smokey taste (with a hint of saltiness) that I found very much distinct and heavenly! The texture of the meat was also highly commendable, since it had a fall-off-the-bones tenderness. Everything else was further enhanced by the flavorful yet moderately spicy sauce that came along with it. The resulting combination was extremely ambrosial!

Note: I observed that as I went along with the ribs, I got more involved more with the taste. It was very much memorable and adventurous!

A closer and more detailed look of the Southern Style Ribs of Big Daddy Jay's
A closer and more detailed look of the Southern Style Ribs of Big Daddy Jay's
Something about the Smoked Ribs of Big Daddy Jay's
Before I end this blog post, let me share with you some of the notes I took down regarding the cooking process of the ribs.

The ribs are first dry rubbed twice to ensure flavor, and then smoked for 6 hours using the custom-built smoker together with the two secret wood. This long process of smoking made the meat very much tender. Flavors are sealed when barks are formed. Upon ordering, the ribs are then char-grilled to "perfection".

Note: You may order a frozen rib for take-out in case you have a special event or something. This is available only for the full rack.

Big Daddy Jay's All American BBQ - Ratings

Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. The ratings apply solely to this dining experience.
Place ★★
Taste (ribs)  ★★
Taste (other than ribs)  ★★★☆
Value for Money ★★
Budget needed: at least P180 per person for a good serving of the smoked ribs plus 1 cup of buttered rice

Give your own rating to Big Daddy Jay's All American BBQ

Big Daddy Jay's is truly a must-try for every foodie out there because of the uniqueness of the ribs! It felt like I was exploring another world of some sort because of the uniqueness of the flavor. On the other hand, most of the remaining dishes here in the resto are strategically milder in flavor. It was made as such so as not steal the spotlight away from the ribs. So what do you think guys?


Big Daddy Jay's All American BBQ
Location: #61B 17th Avenue 1109 Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines

Store Hours: 11:00 am to 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm (open daily except Mondays)

Contact No.: (+63) 917-3008435



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3 comments:

  1. Definitely one of the best baby back ribs in Manila. I can't wait to go back. :)

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  2. Yeah! This is one of those restaurants that I wished to be more famous than it is. Haha! Anyway, I'm planning to buy ribs from this restaurant for any upcoming family celebration.

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