Owens Crossroads, Alabama…
Not long ago after reading several reviews by blogger friends of mine, we decided to check out a barbecue joint named Big Cove BBQ. It’s located south of Huntsville near Owens Crossroads, just off Highway 431 near the Walmart Supercenter. It’s one of those places that you would zoom right by going somewhere else because it’s not really visible from the main highway. However, if you were going to the Walmart you wouldn’t have any problem finding it.
The day we visited was a crisp cool winter’s day, the sun was shining bright and it was a good day for a drive to eat barbecue. The drive over to Big Cove BBQ was pleasant, traffic was light and we enjoyed the ride. Even though I had the address programmed into “Lucy” our GPS, it still took a turn around to find it.
We parked out front where there were a couple of other cars sitting in the parking lot and then entered the building. As others have said, the first thing you notice is the life size cardboard cut out of Elvis Presley standing in the corner, along with other memorabilia hanging on the walls. Once our eyes got adjusted to the dimmer lights and we could read the menu we stepped up to the ordering counter where a very cheerful young man was taking orders.
Debra decided on the Baby Rib plate along with potato salad and bbq beans, I chose the BBQ plate with potato salad, bbq beans and coleslaw. We opted for Diet cokes which were in a cooler by the ordering window. The young man asked did we want a cup of ice for the cokes and we agreed, not knowing they were an additional 50¢ each. We took a seat over by Elvis and waited for our lunch to be fixed. While we waited there were several customers coming in to get take-out which we thought spoke well of the quality of the food.
It took about 10 minutes for our lunch order to be ready and the young man brought it to our table and again, was very courteous to us asking did we need anything else. I took my usual pictures of the plates and then started taste testing the various sauces. There were two sauces served with our meals, an orangish red sauce and a thick red mild sauce that was poured out of a jug. The jug sauce was sweet, mild to the taste and had a smokey flavor to it. Might even had been a Cattleman’s product.
However, the orangy/red sauce was a different matter, it had some get up and go with it. You could taste what I think is a big dose of cayenne pepper along with some jalapenos that been whopped through a blender, a hit of black pepper all mixed into a tomato sauce base. Then I’m guessing it was simmered until it thicken up and then tested on a painted board. If it peeled the paint it was ready, if it didn’t they added more jalapenos. After the first bite of the sauce and your tongue stops complaining to your brain that you’re killing it, it turns out to be quite a tasty sauce.
From this point in the story, things went downhill fast, I took a bit of the BBQ which looked kinda funny on my plate and rolled it through my fingers. Let’s just say I’ve handle wheat straw that was moister than this barbecue was. I tasted the barbecue choosing bites from several locations on my plate and it didn’t get any better. Complete disappoint set in and I was bemoaning the fact to Debra of how dry it was.
But, Debra had her own horror story that was worst than mine, she offered me a bite of some of the meat from her Baby Back Ribs and they were drier than the barbecue. In fact these ribs were so overcooked they should have been taken off the smoker two days before we got there. Debra and I both agreed they were the worst Baby Ribs we’d ever been served anywhere at anytime.
The ribs were so overcooked, that when you pulled the meat off the bone, the bone would disintegrate in your fingers. In fact, I took one of the bones and broke it in half with hardly any pressure and then could mash the bone flat with two fingers. We had only one word for those ribs: FAIL!
As to the side dishes they weren’t bad, none of them were out of the ordinary or stood out, we suspect all came out of plastic buckets. The beans which started out as Pork and Beans, did have a bit of meat stirred in, so that did help the taste of them.
What really chapped my butt was that another feller came in and ordered a barbecue plate and it looked 10 times better than our meals. So, we thought, they scrapped out the bottom of the pit and served us the throw a ways.
The Brown Bag Review recommends that if you decide to try out the Big Cove BBQ that you examine your food carefully before digging in, if it is overcooked, then ask for a replacement or your money back and go somewhere else.
|Price Range||Most entrees $5 – $15|
|Soft Drink Brand||Coke|