Big Daddy Jay's All-American BBQ: Smoked BBQ Ribs FTW!

Even as a big meat eater, I don't crave for ribs as much as I should. I guess I can blame it all to the small portion sizes (versus the price) most restaurants offer, which is inevitably disappointing despite their promise of tender, fall-off-the-bone pork ribs. However, one BBQ place in Quezon City has redeemed them all. Let me introduce to you my new-found BBQ ribs soulmate, Big Daddy Jay's All-American BBQ.
Big Daddy Jay's All-American BBQ

Located at 17th Avenue in Cubao, Big Daddy Jay's All-American BBQ is a simple and small neighborhood casual-dining restaurant serving smoked BBQ ribs, Southern-style. And while I don't really live near the area, an hour's drive to this BBQ place is definitely worth it. Actually, even if travel time takes two hours or more, I'd still gladly and enthusiastically visit Big Daddy Jay's as they serve the best BBQ in town, in my opinion.

Writings on the Walls at Big Daddy Jay's All-American BBQ Big Daddy Jay's All-American BBQ at Cubao
"Ain't no bones about it, we've got the best 'cue in town.
Hugged by smoke, licked by fire, and kissed by sauce... That’s how Big Daddy Jay does it!"
So what makes Big Daddy Jay's BBQ so great, you ask? To be honest, the concept of their BBQ itself is already good to begin with. Unlike most restaurants serving ribs in the Metro, theirs isn't just grilled. It's smoked first, low and slow for six hours, no shortcuts. This is why Big Daddy Jay's All-American BBQ is closed on Mondays, to ensure that every rack of pork ribs is smoked to perfection, before hungry diners like us order for it.

Original Smoked Ribs Full Rack (P790)
✓ Original Smoked Ribs - Full Rack (P790)
Without further ado, I introduce you my new love, the Original Smoked Ribs. By the way, no, that outer layer of the ribs isn't the pork itself charred to death. It's the beautiful and tasty dry rub of secret spices and herbs which adds more character to the already-smoky rack of meat. Served on a wooden chopping board with a savory and tangy sauce on the side, this order spelled nothing short of heavenly with every bite.

Original Smoked Ribs at Big Daddy Jay's All-American BBQ

And look! Every serving of smoked BBQ ribs at Big Daddy Jay's has a good amount of tender and succulent meat, along with layers of sinful fat. This makes every bite more orgasmic as you get a juicy, fatty, meaty, smoky and savory treat. But if fat is not your thing, feel free to cut it off, you'll still get plenty of meat. However, I'd still recommend to eat even the fatty parts as they're very flavorful and worth the cholesterol! *wink*

Original Smoked Ribs and Buttered Rice (P25) at Big Daddy Jay's All-American BBQ

With a dish this smoky and tasty, it's best to enjoy every bite with a siding. For the beau and I, we enjoyed our smoked BBQ ribs with a cup each of Buttered Rice (P25). But if you don't feel like having rice, there are also other side dishes -- Mixed Veggies (P25), Herbed Potatoes (P25) and Corn on the Cob (P30).

Big Daddy Jay's All-American BBQ Menu

Big Daddy Jay's All-American BBQ also offers other items on their menu. The lineup is pretty concise and straight-forward, but I guess it's definitely better to serve fewer but good quality dishes, than offer a vast but mediocre menu.

Tomato Basil Pasta (P140)
Tomato Basil Pasta (P140)
For more carbs, we also had the Tomato Basil Pasta -- a plate of al dente-cooked spaghetti, coated with a light and tangy tomato-basil sauce. As much as I loved the Original Smoked Ribs, it was impossible for me to finish the whole thing without having my taste buds overwhelmed with too much flavor. So although I didn't like the idea of carb-loading, I felt like this pasta dish was perfect to cut through all the savory and smoky flavors. Even the beau who don't dig tomato-based pasta sauces, appreciated this item.

Chicken Wings Buffalo Style and Honey Mustard (P120)
Chicken Wings - Buffalo Style and ✓ Honey Mustard (P120)

We also got to try the Chicken Wings available in 2 flavors, Buffalo Style and Honey Mustard. A serving typically comes with 6 pieces of wings, but the owners were kind enough to let us try the best of both worlds with 3 pieces each per variant. I'm not sure if these wings can be ordered this way, but there's no harm in asking. *wink*

The Buffalo Style chicken wings have crispier skin, with a savory, spicy and a bit tangy flavor. It was pretty good, but the beau and I both preferred their Honey Mustard variant which had the wings coated in a sweet, zesty and a little savory sauce.

Aunt Wilma's Key Lime Pie (P95)
✓ Aunt Wilma's Key Lime Pie (P95)
A great meal should end sweet, so we had Aunt Wilma's Key Lime Pie. To be honest, I haven't tried any key lime pies yet prior to this visit. But although I don't really have a point of comparison, my taste buds still love this slice of sweet and zesty key lime juice filling and meringue on a bed of buttery pie crust. Even the beau loved this to bits!

Red, White & Blue Cuppies (P70)
Red, White & Blue Cuppies (P70)
We also got to try the Red, White & Blue Cuppies which are the newest sweet offerings at Big Daddy Jay's All-American BBQ. Each serving comes with 3 mini cupcakes in Red Velvet, Lemon Vanilla and Blue Velvet flavors. The red and blue cuppies had the same chocolate base cake, although the blue one is richer and more chocolatey. But my favorite among the 3 is the lemon vanilla cuppie which had a soft, chiffon-like base cake topped with a sweet and zesty frosting.

Big Daddy Jay's Schedule
Just a friendly reminder, Big Daddy Jay's All-American BBQ is closed on Mondays since it's their smoking day. Be sure to call or text for reservations too as the place easily gets packed especially for dinner.

By the way, the Original Smoked Ribs are available for take-out, cooked or even frozen (ready to bake or grill). This is perfect for potlucks or even as gift. I think I'll have to order some for birthdays or even for the upcoming Christmas. Ang aga mag-plan eh noh?

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THE VERDICT

The beau and I have finally found a BBQ ribs place we can call our ribs haven, or even heaven. Even just after our first mouthful of Big Daddy Jay's smoked BBQ ribs, we were already talking about coming back and when to bring our family and friends. Seriously, that's how good their ribs are! This might be my first time to ever try smoked BBQ, but Big Daddy Jay's is by far the best ribs of any kind, I've had so far. Kudos to the people behind this gem of a restaurant. We shall definitely return!

Taste - 5/5
Ambiance - 3.5/5
Service - 3.5/5
Price - 4/5
Overall Value - 4.5/5

Big Daddy Jay's All-American BBQ, Cubao
61-B 17th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City
Metro Manila, Philippines
(0917) 300-8435
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35 comments:

  1. so happy they are open on sundays na! now i can bring the fam here! miss their ribs and key lime pie! :)

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    1. Yup! :D Imma bring the family here too. Or if tamad sila magdrive, I'll bring the ribs to them XD

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  2. do they have another location? :(
    The food looks absolutely delicious! ;)

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    1. As of the moment, they only have one store and it's in Cubao. :)

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  3. Parang name ng DJ yung name ng restaurant. haha Ang sarap at ang laki ng BBQ. :)

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  4. I conceive you have mentioned some very interesting points , thankyou for the post.

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  5. Okaaayyy...so this is by far the BEEESSSSTTTTTT ribs I've ever had. No exaggerations, really... the BEST! Lemme spell it to ya:

    * Tastes so DAMN GOOD - you're never gonna buy ribs from other establishments again!

    * You get ABSOLUTELY MORE than what you pay for - you're gonna curse other establishments for ripping you off, paying so much for a teenie weenie chunkless chunk of meat!

    Welllllll....that's basically it. So personally, their ribs are way bigger than others. It's like eating a legion of them. The price is way way way way way lower as compared to those serving the same dish, and the taste is second to none! I CAN and WILL vouch for it!!!!!

    You better take my word for it as I've been eating ribs since I was 10 and I've eaten out on almost if not all establishments serving ribs. XD

    So anyway, thank you for reading my review =) for comments and suggestions, feed backs, likes, friend requests, etc just reply to this thread.

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    1. Just kiddin', but seriously you have got to try it and see for yourselves. =) It's freakin' delicious! =)

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  6. I'm getting really curious about this place. Must visit soon! :)

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  7. Wow you two are really hefty eaters a! You conquered all their dishes. @_@ If only this was nearer, I'd have the ribs more often. =( BTW, I noticed their ribs now had a rack and fatty part. What we had before was more lean and chunky. The chicken wings are now bigger in size too.

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  8. I love barbecue and ribs. I would like to try the place.

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  9. I would definitely want to try this. The smoked barbecue ribs and the lime pie look so inviting.

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  10. those just looks amazing sumi! panira ng diet ko haha though it would be fantastic for my dindin tonight!

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  11. i am always rooting for a good dessert and i think cupcakes are the best in this review.

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  12. i love their food!! i first tasted their ribs during the ultimate taste test last year

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  13. I was worried when I first saw the photo of the rib. haha. Then I continued reading and I was like "OH I SEE, so that's the spices and secret herbs." My yearly date with my college buddies is coming up so I would probably suggest this place. I wanna taste Aunt Wilma's Key Lime Pie.

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  14. Looks yummy and delicious, much more that is is just within the range of affordability.

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  15. I love the cuppies and pie! I love sweets and will try to visit this place soon to taste their desserts.

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  16. Grabe nagutom ako sa pictures,hihi, i love all those foodie and very affordable pa. This is a must try :)

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  17. grabe! super fan talaga ako ng mga food shots mo Sumi!! ang gaganda sobraaa ♥. I want to try their original smoked ribs, it sounds and looks delicious and also their Aunt Wilma's key lime pie ♥ ♥

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  18. that's just one awesome treat!! sobrang nakakagutom especially the pie! :)

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  19. Smoked first before being grilled I like my BBQ done that way. The other dish looks yummy too. Sana, Big Daddy have branches near Alabang,

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  20. Do they have plans of opening branches in provinces? I would love to try their foods! Looks yummy!

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  21. Now this is promising! :) I'd like to check it out when im back to Cubao. And luckily, 17th Ave is a familiar place to moi and my friends!

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  22. omg grabeee yung smoked ribs sobra akong nagutom, I want to eat at Daddy Jay's right now...

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  23. You surely find interesting places to eat in rather interesting places in the Metro. The food looks wonderful and the price is right too. I hope they open up other branches in the Metro soon!

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  24. Wow, I would love to try this with my DAD he will surely enjoy "Big Daddy's smoked ribs" I just hope they have a branch at a mall near us so we can visit it anytime we want,,, ahhh this post is making me hungry!!!

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  25. wow.. great food and place.. I want to try Tomato Basil Pasta and Original Smoked Ribs.. Nakakatakam..

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  26. the ribs looks so yummy. will try to visit the place soon.

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  27. wow i love Original Smoked Ribs! it makes me hungry!

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  28. Looks so yummy,tlga ng mga foods na post mo Ms.Sum,and also katakam takam tlga and so healthy! ;) marami akong natutunan sa blog mo tungkol sa mga resto,place and healthy foods,thanks for that Ms.Sum ;)

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  29. its really yummy worth all the fats :)

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  31. My dad is a real sucker for BBQ ribs! This place is really a must-try for him! I'll recommend this to him! :)

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