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Mar 1, 2009 09:27 AM

Southern BBQ in Calgary

Looking for a chicken/ribs and bisquits kind of place. My friend has a massive craving for some southern food like the kind fourd in the TV show Diners, Drive Ins and there such a place in Calgary?

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  1. Nope. I'm from Alabama & I can tell you there's NOTHING. The two closest kind of places would be Big T's and the Palomino.

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      1. re: Merry113

        I like Big T's a little better than Palomino, but neither can really compare to what you get in the south. BBQ in Canada means grilling a steak, sorry.

        1. re: itwillmakeaturd

          Such is the case in 95% of the US as well.

          1. re: John Manzo

            Can you provide a reference for that statistic please? It seems a bit high to me.

              1. re: John Manzo

                As for your friends need:
                Corn Fritters at chicken on the way = pretty good
                Big T's = not great, but not totally inauthentic (stick with pork)

      2. I'm also a big Southern BBQ fan. Palomino and Big T's are ok. I don't think the turnover is high so there is a lot of reheating. Definately nothing like real Texas BBQ. Your best bet is to buy a smoker and do it at home. It's not hard to produce "Q" better than restaurants.

        1. I would recommend Big T's, and try the deep fried pickles. :) It's not as great as the stuff in Diners, Drive Ins and Dives but those pickles are divine!

          PS - Don't order the rice pudding for dessert! Awful. But the peacan pie is great.

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          1. re: AriaDream

            Been awhile since we've been to Big T's... I don't remember having room to eat dessert :) Just curious but what makes the rice pudding awful? DH likes his dry (baked) whereas I like mine more like my morning oatmeal.

            1. re: AriaDream

              So it's just me then that finds Big T's bland?

              1. re: Jasz

                I don't think anyone has raved about how wonderful Big Ts is. It's just one of 2 places that has food that the op asked for. :)

                1. re: Jasz

                  You are very right. I've had a better pulled pork sandwich in Prince George of all places.

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