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Good bbq catering in Fresno-Yosemite area?

My folks live in Coarsegold, CA., between Fresno and Yosemite. Normally we do our own bbqing at their place, but we are having a party for their 50th wedding anniversary, so we wanted to find a great bbq place in that part of the Valley who also does catering. Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

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  1. I am hoping that PolarBear and others will chime in here with some information regarding BBQ places. Hubby and I have tried Sam's BBQ in Fresno and I ordered the fried chicken, which was really good. However, I have not ordered any of their BBQ. I know that PolarBear's BIL really likes this place and I also know they do catering. The link below describes our visit to Sam's BBQ and also gives their contact info:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/324633

    Polar Bear recently visited Mama Lo's in downtown Fresno and I am linking to his report here:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/335329
    I am not sure if they cater or not, but it is worth a try.

    Here is a link to a thread describing Sam's and a few other spots in Fresno:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/308819

    This is just some info to get you started, hopefully others will chime in here. I don't know of anything in the Coarsegold area that does BBQ catering.

    1. I finally did get around to trying the ribs at Sam's, they were OK but nothing special, sauce was a little to sweet for my tastes, iirc. BTW, my BIL favors The Dog House on Shaw across from the university over Sam's.

      I've also had the ribs at Mama Lo's and they were pretty good, doubt if they would/could do a large out of town event, they are closed Sat-Sun at the F street location, but you might ask.

      The only other good lead I've got on Q is a fellow that takes his trailer grill to events at the fairgrounds and gets rave reviews. The only person I know that would have his name wasn't in the office today, I'll try to remember to check with him and report back.

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      1. re: PolarBear

        Hmmm...I don't know if The Dog House does catering or not. But here is their contact info:

        2789 E Shaw Ave
        Fresno, CA 93710
        (559) 294-9920

        I don't know why I had it in my head that your BIL was partial to Sam's. Anyway, the Dog House Grill is a sister restaurant to Firestone Grill in San Luis Obispo and Main Street Grill in Cambria. I think there is one in Paso Robles as well. I have always been partial to the one in Cambria since they BBQ outside where you can see everything cooking and they make chocolate shakes from soft serve ice cream at the Cambria location and not at the other locations.

        I have eaten at all of them at one time or another and can say that their grilled chicken sandwich with avocado is a real winner. Hubby enjoys their hamburgers, pig sandwich, and tri-tip sandwich. I don't think we have had the ribs or other BBQ items. Hopefully, ribs and tri-tip are what is needed for the OP.

        1. re: PolarBear

          Thanks to everyone for all the imput so far. The guy with the trailer grill sounds like that may be the best option if PB can come up with his name or number.

          1. re: mofaux

            mofaux, I believe this might be what you're looking for:

            Big Bubba's Bad BBQ
            6100 S Mooney Blvd
            Visalia CA
            559-686-1510

            Let us know how things turn out.

            1. re: PolarBear

              PB,

              I don't know if these (Big Bubba BBQ) are all owned by the same owner but there is one in Atascadero, one in Paso, and now one also in Merced.

              1. re: tavmark

                Do a Google search on the name, you'll find a site that has a page with their history on it (sorry, it's verboten to mention it on CH). You are correct, however I couldn't find anything on the Merced location other than a mention, I'm sure the Visalia folks would oblige.

                BTW, any chow-worthy experiences to report on the Paso or Visalia resto locations?

                1. re: PolarBear

                  Oops. My reply below was intended as a reply to this little sub-thread above, not to the entire thread.

          2. I had lunch at Big Bubba's BBQ in Paso not too long after they opened (maybe 2 or 3 years ago). I don't remember everything about that lunch, but I probably had a pulled pork sandwich (my default BBQ order). I don't remember it as bad BBQ, but I wasn't impressed enough to go back for a second meal. The Paso location has a mechanical bull, and log-cabin-style paneling on the walls. I got the impression they were going after a "BBQ experience" rather than focusing all their energies into making really good Q--kind of a generic or corporate vibe. Again, not bad Q, just not that great.

            IIRC, this year at the Fresno Fair (2006) Big Bubbba's BBQ had a booth in front of the Home Arts Bldg. and a booth over by barn animals bldg. Last year (2005) I remember Big Bubba's over by the Home Arts Bldg., but I thought the other BBQ spot (the one at the south side of the Fair near the animal barn) was some other place besides Big Bubba's. I was surprised when I didn't see them this year and instead saw Big Bubba's in their spot. Am I wrong?

            1. My workplace usually hires Outlaws BBQ for tailgates and they have had positive reviews:

              Outlaws B-B-Q Svc
              Address: 551 W Calimyrna Ave, Fresno, CA 93704
              Phone: (559) 434-1421

              1. Foodie girl:

                Thanks for the tip. We are still looking so we will definitely check out Outlaws.

                Mofaux

                1. Famous Dave's on Blackstone, just below Nees, might cater. I ate there once and it was adequate.

                  Your mystery BBQ caterer w/ trailer could be QN4U, Brent & Kim Walton. I spent some time talking BBQ with Brent several months ago when his honkin' big red trailer 'cue was parked at the Fowler/Herndon SaveMart. He was very friendly and gave me some good advice on grilling chicken.

                  http://www.bbqn4u.com

                  After talking with him, I started thinking about entering competitive BBQ and chili events. Hmmm... wonder if a BBQ or chili cookoff would make a good Central CA Chow event?