A short entry here, touching on a recent fun foodie sojourn. Off to Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Q, in Wingdale, NY we went on a recent Saturday night, enticed as we were by a menu that looked like this.

Jolie and I happen to be big fans of barbecue cuisine. We have this book in our cookbook collection,

and it is truly the bible of barbecue recipes. We also own such titles as Jerk from Jamaica: Barbecue Caribbean Style and The Big Book of Barbecue Sides. I guess we take our smoked meats pretty seriously 😉

When we arrived, after about a 45 minute drive from our house, in the small town Wingdale, and its main drag, it appeared that the parking lot was pretty full. Nevertheless, we parked off to the side and then made our way, past the Big W sign, and past some colorful, strung Christmas tree lights, and into barbeque heaven!  – a heaven with roots in Arkansas with some Brooklyn flourishes and now sitting comfortably in rural upstate New York.

As you enter, you basically go up to the counter and order. And while I had planned, initially, on some sort of sandwich, as soon as I saw the large racks of well smoked ribs, I knew what I’d be feasting on. The ribs were majestic! I am starting now to think that a dry rub, with some sauce on the side, is the way to go with barbecued ribs. So, this may have been a barbecue conversion experience.

They came, carved, right on some brown  paper over a tray – simple and efficient. They were smoked and cooked to sheer perfection. A tangy barbeque sauce on the side, and some sides of coleslaw and some amazing and hearty mac and cheese, and all was well with the world. I do have to admit that the choice of drink, an espresso coffee soda, was not all that pleasant. Still, worth satisfying my curiosity as something of a coffee fanatic.

For Jolie’s meal, she went the sandwich route, ordering a pulled chicken smokin’ wich

I think you can see how happy we are with our experience at Big W’s

Anyway, the food, and also the service, were great. Warren Norstein, the guy up front taking our orders and cutting the ribs turned out to be the chef/manager of the place, and he was super friendly. There seemed to be a lot of regulars. The place had a fairly homey feel. And the food was put on our trays almost immediately!  We wound up grabbing a couple of takeout trays to take home about half of our very rich meals. We also wanted to try a taste of some desserts, which we did. All in all, a very nice meal; we plan to return.

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