A small group of us meet infrequently for a catch up over beer and food – usually it’s American style BBQ. We’ve been to Bodeans a few times and this time we wanted a change so chose Big Easy instead.
Big Easy is a bit different from Bodeans. First off, it advertises itself as “Bar.B.Q and Lobstershack” whereas Bodeans is straight up BBQ. Personally, I’m inclined to believe that Big Easy is better. I find that the meat is a lot more juicy and smoky. They also have evening offers such as Limitless Wings on Wednesdays.
We visited Big Easy’s Covent Garden location (there’s also one on Kings Road and another in Canary Wharf) as it was a nice central location. I’d been several times before so I was familiar with the set up.
We arrived on time and were seated downstairs near the stage (did I mention that they have a live band?) Like a lot of central London locations they really cram the tables in so we squeezed our way into our seats and set about looking at the menu.
None of us were in the mood for Limitless Wings and I’d been a little unwell so I opted for something a bit lighter. I went for the Pitmaster Sandwich which was brisket, hot link sausage and pickles in a brioche bun served with chips and coleslaw. It was delicious. The brisket was smoky and succulent and the hot link was spicy and juicy. There were just enough pickles to add an extra dimension of texture and sharpness. I also ordered some hush puppies. If you’ve never tried them they’re sweet corn fritters and they’re so light and fluffy it will make you want to die.
One of my friends also ordered the Pitmaster Sandwich but with a portion of rib tips. Rib tips are the bits they cut off the end of the ribs to make the racks even in shape. They smoke them and soak them in bbq sauce. They were outstanding.
The other two in our group went all in. They had one of the bbq platters; the Bar.B.Q Blow Out. This is a huge platter of food. On it there were pit smoked Bar.B.Q chicken, dry rubbed St Louis pork ribs, Carolina pulled pork, cornbread, fries and coleslaw. They even opted for the add-ons of Texas brisket and Texas Hot Links. You can tell that they enjoyed their meal as pretty much the only thing left on the plate at the end were the bones! From experience I know that the ribs are particularly good. I might even go so far as to say they’re the best ribs I’ve had anywhere.
For the food this came in at about £25 per head. We got there in time for Happy Hour so (it runs from 4-7 on Sunday to Friday) drinks were ordered directly at the bar. If you ordered the right thing you were paying no more than £3 a pint.
Big Easy is a fantastic venue. We’ll be going back again at some point. Perhaps for their bottomless brunch offer on a Sunday. Or for unlimited fried shrimp on a Tuesday. Either way, we’ll be eating in some of the best “Bar.B.Q” in London.