Big B’s Texas BBQ 2
Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Pickles, Onions
Hand Cut French Fries, Fried Okra
Lean Brisket, Fatty Brisket, Tri-Tip, Beef Hot Links, Jalapeno & Cheese Hot Links
Baby Back Ribs, Pulled Pork, Smoked Turkey Breast, BBQ Beans
Mac & Cheese
Buttered Green Beans
Housemade Chocolate Cake
A reinvention of the former DW Bistro and Andres’, Big B’s Texas BBQ opened its second location just prior to Halloween, and although paint has hardly dried with Grand Opening yet to occur the space at 6115 South Fort Apache Road is already showing every sign that it will be just as ground-breaking to the west side as the original was and continues to be in Henderson.
Named after its Pit Master, and changing the long-held belief that Las Vegas is not a Barbeque town ever since 2016, Big B’s Texas BBQ features the work of Brian Buechner and Natalia Badzjo, the husband and wife team taking a hands-on approach to every aspect of the operation from build-out to driving in fresh piles of wood as needed from the Lone Star State.
Joined recently by former Marché Bacchus Chef Amanda Hamilton, the opportunity to bring Sin City’s best smoked Meat across town not left to chance by a team who has always adhered to high standards, guests entering location number two will immediately notice Brian’s handy work in wood tables and chairs flanking a full bar, the relic of Andres’ benefitted by a liquor license in addition to Beer, Soft Drinks and freshly brewed Tea.
Texas through-and-through in terms of décor, the bustling main room offering a full view of the kitchen while Brian and Natalia have opened up the Restaurant’s right half with big screen televisions in each corner, it was in a secluded nook painted orange and white that ten diners were seated, a total of four different college football games on display while country tunes played overhead.
Ready to make new fans, and surprisingly busy considering “soft opening” status at 6:30pm, it was on individual trays that Meats, Breads and Sides arrived quickly, the housemade Cornbread particularly soft when warm and delicious whether plain or slathered with Butter, but best when eaten bite for bite with Beans cooked low and slow in Sauce imbued with Brisket.
Evidencing Ms. Badzjo’s work in the hospitality industry with staff that is already cordial and well-trained, a cashier using limited down-time to help bus tables but one example, it was while conversing that diners continued with hand-cut Fries and crisp Okra, another “green” item recently added in the form of snappy Green Beans gently salted and slick with Butter.
Not sleeping on Slaw or Potato Salad, both finding their audience while Mac & Cheese fresh from the oven was a hit with everyone from the seven year old to a septuagenarian, it was from here that Meat took center stage, Big B’s Brisket following Texas protocol with little more than smoke and a bit of seasoning while Pork Ribs also went quickly with a slight pull of the teeth easily liberating supple Muscle from Bone.
Not a night for calorie counting, though lean yet moist Tri-Tip and Turkey make that option available without feeling cheated, it was after a generous portion of Pulled Pork that Dessert arrived, Chef Hamilton’s new Chocolate Cake an upgrade on what was already quite good while outsourced Pies including Apple and Pecan are also available with additional housemade options reportedly soon to come.
FIVE STARS: A fan of Big B’s Texas BBQ ever since Brian and Natalia opened the doors in early 2016, it is an absolute thrill to have Las Vegas’ best BBQ merely 10-minutes from home and three miles from the office. Occupying the old DW Bistro and short-lived Andres’ it is no surprise the entirely rethought interior is virtually unrecognizable, while the flavors brought from Texas to Vegas by way of Henderson are everything fans have come to expect and love.
RECOMMENDED: Fatty Brisket, Smoked Turkey, Beef Hot Links, Tri-Tip, BBQ Beans, French Fries, Corn Bread, Chocolate Cake.
TIP: Now open 11:00am to 9:00pm daily at Suite 110 of 6115 South Fort Apache Road, call (702) 844-8206 for take-out and the city’s best dollar-for-dollar catering value.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.