Get ready for an experience at Big W's, a former actual roadside bar-b-q, and now a full-service, year round indoor joint. Big W himself is definitely a presence in the room, and yes, very big. He's a friendly guy, usually takes your order, cuts your meat, and will come over to see how it all is if he isn't busy.
Each order is taken and chopped up right in front of you. It's pretty fun to watch them take the slabs of meat out of the slow-bake oven prepare it.
I had a sneaking suspicion that the "Try It All" for one ($20, below) would be enough for the two of us, but I was wrong. It could have fed three. You get a 1/4 rack of ribs, a 1/4 chicken, a choice of brisket or pulled pork, and one side. It's a great primer to the place.
While the chicken and pulled pork here is very good, it was really the ribs that leave the impression. These dry rub beauties are magnificently fatty and some of the best I have ever eaten. Big W really knows what he is doing.
The BBQ sauce here is also a wonder, and using it with the pulled pork especially garners very successful results. The chicken takes it well too, and can also be eaten alone as it is moist and very well seasoned.
One cool thing is that they let you grab beer from a couple doors down and bring it in, which makes the perfect cheap accompaniment for bar-b-q.
1475 Route 22, Wingdale NY