Big T's BBQ & Smoke House Co
By Kallen Law

Family-Style Barbecue

A barbecue restaurant is something every family-oriented community needs. It is something Big T’s BBQ and Smokehouse owner Jean Charbonneau had in mind when he opened a new Big T’s location in Deer Run. The original location is situated on Crowchild Trail across from McMahon Stadium and a third is housed within the Calgary Farmer’s Market. “It’s a community that is in need of a family-style restaurant,” Jean says. “We’re a family restaurant. We have full table service. All of our meats are smoked in-house.”

We have full table service. All of our meats are smoked in-house. - Jean Charbonneau, owner
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Round up your friends and try the Elvis Platter, a selection of the best Big T's has to offer.

A Platter Fit for the King

In fact, Big T’s is so loved by its regulars that it was featured on the Food Network Canada program, You Gotta Eat Here!, a TV show known for featuring Canada’s best casual dining restaurants. The restaurant's gigantic Gutbuster sandwich is highlighted on the episode as are the meatloaf dinner, fried dill pickle appetizer and, last but not least, the Elvis Platter.

The Elvis Platter, is the restaurant's best-known menu item. It is also its most challenging to finish, due to its size and scope. Recommended for five to eight people, the Elvis Platter includes St. Louis ribs, a half-chicken, andouille sausage, rib ends, brisket, pulled pork, French fries, beans, coleslaw, gravy, cornbread and buns. “People see it as a challenge,” Jean says, referring to how often people finish the platter. Although he has seen two customers finish the platter all on their own, he still thinks that most smaller parties will not be able to finish this entire arrangement of comfort food in a sitting.

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Delicious ribs are just one of the many dishes this barbecue restaurant serves.

Focusing On Meat

Jean is confident that his restaurant puts the utmost time and care into preparing the various meats that Big T’s serves on a daily basis. “Our smokers hold up to 800 pounds of meat," he says. "We smoke on applewood with hickory. Our pork is smoked for 18 hours and brisket is smoked for 12 hours.” At the end of the day, it is the quality of the food that keeps people coming back to Big T’s. The restaurant may serve items such as fried dill pickles, burgoo (a Kentucky-style stew) and salad for those who want a balanced meal, but, as Jean says, “Our main focus is barbecue.”

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The newest Big T's BBQ and Smokehouse location is in Deer Run.
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