HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
Are you making a specialty food? Tell us about it

Wanted: BBQ to go

ola May 25, 2009 10:49 PM

I am looking for good BBQ brisket and chicken for a birthday party in the East Bay. Some places will only do whole meals but I will be making the side dishes to save some money. I expect about 60 people. Suggestions?

  1. o
    ola Jul 6, 2009 11:01 AM

    My party was yesterday. We ordered from Uncle Willie's BBQ on 14th and Jefferson in Oakland. We ordered brisket for 30, links for 15 and chicken for 15. The quantities were generous and we have lots left over. They only serve in increments of 15 so ordering less was not an option. Cost of the meat was around $450.
    The food was outstanding. Everyone wanted to know where it came from and I regret not getting business cards to have on the buffet table.
    I would definitely order from them again.

    1. k
      kc72 Jun 17, 2009 08:03 AM

      Saw this in the paper this morning, you can probably sample some other places you may not have tried yet.

      3rd Annual King of the County BBQ Challenge and Music Festival.

      Free parking and admission


      1. Cynsa May 29, 2009 04:53 AM


        14 Replies
        1. re: Cynsa
          ola Jun 6, 2009 12:54 PM

          Might be the best in the area, but there is no way I can drive 50 miles round-trip to pick up food for a party. I'll try it when I'm in the city.

          1. re: ola
            wally Jun 6, 2009 02:25 PM

            They only deliver or cater. You don't pick it up.

            1. re: wally
              ola Jun 6, 2009 03:48 PM

              Looked up their site and it looks wonderful I don't see chicken, though and need an option for our non-meat eating friends.

              1. re: ola
                Robert Lauriston Jun 8, 2009 01:01 PM

                Personally I'd get roast chicken and BBQ brisket at two different places.

                Uncle Willie's caters large orders and I thought the brisket was great. They do chicken as well.


                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  slipson Jun 10, 2009 02:05 PM

                  I would second that plan. You could buy a bunch of roast chickens from Costco which are an unbeatable value, then with the money you save buy brisket from Bo's (the best IMO) or Uncle Willies (maybe 2nd best and cheaper).

                  1. re: slipson
                    wolfe Jun 10, 2009 03:11 PM

                    My wife liked Bo's to the exclusion of all the other briskets I brought home.
                    The last time, March , she said is this from Bo's?. She figured I was substituting one of my cheaper places. It was from Bo's and it wasn't up to his usual standard.

                  2. re: Robert Lauriston
                    ola Jun 12, 2009 12:39 PM

                    Husband and I are hitting Uncle Willie's this weekend along with Brick Pig House and Joy of Tasting. I'm on my way to Sunrise right now.

                    1. re: ola
                      ola Jun 12, 2009 05:22 PM

                      Sunrise: excellent smoked chicken, good sauce but a bit sweeter than I like, brisket too dry, excellent beans and potato salad, bland cole slaw and tasteless sweet potatoes.

                      Still looking...

                      1. re: ola
                        wolfe Jun 12, 2009 05:51 PM

                        I thought you said no sides.

                        1. re: ola
                          ola Jun 12, 2009 07:58 PM

                          We were there so we tried the sides. I don't plan on ordering any for the party though.

                        2. re: ola
                          chompy Jun 12, 2009 05:57 PM

                          You might want to check on Taste of Joy, we tried to go there a couple of weeks ago and they were closed at an odd time, and since then I've walked by a few times and they haven't been open at all.

                          1. re: chompy
                            ola Jun 12, 2009 08:00 PM

                            Oops, that's what I meant...Taste of Joy. We'll give a call before we go. Thanks for the heads up.

                            1. re: ola
                              abstractpoet Jun 12, 2009 09:57 PM

                              Taste of Joy is only open Wednesday through Sunday, and only until 6:00 p.m. Do call, since they've been dealing with some repairs lately and so are sometimes closed unexpectedly. I've been liking their BBQ more and more, though.

                              1. re: abstractpoet
                                ola Jun 13, 2009 06:56 PM

                                We bought a combo (chicken and ribs) from Uncle Willie's, Everett and Jones and Taste of Joy. We had planned to also pick up from Pig Brick House but it took almost three hours to get the combos and so we quit at three.

                                My husband, son and I all tried them - blind tasting. Uncle Willie's was the clear winner for all of us.

                                My husband liked the E&J sauce (a bit sweeter than the others) the best but the meat was too much like dry pot roast. All of us ranked Taste of Joy third. The chicken skin wasn't at all crispy, the sauce thin and the brisket too thin cut for our tastes. The food was good but it tasted more like home dinner than barbeque.

                                Maverick's, a catering only company, is dropping off some BBQ on Monday.

                                So far, we like the chicken at KC's the best and the brisket at Uncle Willie's. But if we end up getting everything from one place, it is Uncle Willie's.

              2. BernalKC May 28, 2009 06:06 PM

                I love K C Bar-B-Q, so I would definitely check in with them. I'm sure they do catering, and they offer whole sides of ribs. I'm betting they'd be happy to provide all-Q no sides.

                2 Replies
                1. re: BernalKC
                  ola Jun 6, 2009 03:46 PM

                  We hit KC for lunch. I really liked their sauce - not too sweet with a little heat that sneaks up on you. Chicken was excellent - moist on the inside and crispy on the outside. Chopped beef also good. I love the decor.
                  We picked up a catering menu and they are definitely a finalist.
                  Thanks, BernalKC

                  1. re: ola
                    BernalKC Jun 12, 2009 08:36 PM

                    I just had lunch there today and I think the sauce has changed oh-so-subtly. There is the same sweetness that many people object to, but there is a bit more kick. Their Q skills are as good as ever. Are they still in the running?

                2. JasmineG May 28, 2009 05:46 PM

                  I picked up ribs from T Rex this weekend, you could check to see how much they ask for brisket for a party. The ribs aren't a bad price, and I've liked their brisket a lot (sometimes) in the restaurant.

                  1. o
                    OldTimer May 27, 2009 04:28 PM

                    Why not make it easy on yourself, get Curly's cooked baby back ribs and BBQ chicken from Costco. Several years ago I did that on an outdoor BBQ and there were raves. I also had links, and brisket is easy to fine.

                    1 Reply
                    1. re: OldTimer
                      ola May 27, 2009 04:51 PM

                      We're squeezing 60 people and a reggae band into the back yard and it will probably be at least in the mid-90s so I don't want to add a BBQ to the mix. But I will try the costco ribs another time this summer.

                    2. w
                      WCFoodie May 27, 2009 04:12 PM

                      another idea: Sunrise Catering in Walnut Creek. they do bbq.

                      1. w
                        WCFoodie May 27, 2009 04:11 PM

                        how about Kinders?

                        12 Replies
                        1. re: WCFoodie
                          ola May 27, 2009 05:28 PM

                          Thanks for the suggestion. I just talked to Kinder's and they are emailing me a menu and cost sheet.

                          1. re: ola
                            rworange May 28, 2009 12:14 PM

                            I'd also stop by Kinders and give it a try. It is BBQ by virtue of sauce being slathered on meat.

                            1. re: rworange
                              adrienne156 May 28, 2009 04:37 PM

                              Why isn't it BBQ? They smoke their meat...

                          2. re: WCFoodie
                            ola Jun 6, 2009 12:29 PM

                            I tried Kinder's and wasn't crazy about the meat. It seemed that the BBQ flavor came mostly from the sauce. Prices were great though.

                            1. re: ola
                              tomatoaday Jun 10, 2009 04:54 PM

                              We tried Kinders in Hercules last weekend just for eat in sandwiches. Meat ok, sauce ok, bread low quality. Dutch crunch roll tasted like Safeway, really ruined the sandwich. We ordered hot Ball tips but between cold bread, lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise, sandwich was lukewarm at best. Nice unsweet beans. Not impressed enough to return, especially when so close to Red Onion in Pinole!

                              1. re: tomatoaday
                                rworange Jun 10, 2009 06:55 PM

                                Does Red Onion have BBQ now? Or just better sandwiches? If you are going for a sandwich, have you tried The Powder Keg yet, just down the street from Kinders?

                                1. re: rworange
                                  Robert Lauriston Jun 10, 2009 07:06 PM

                                  Looking at the Red Onion menu, it's burgers, sandwiches, cheese steak, pasta, fish & chips. No BBQ.

                                  1. re: rworange
                                    tomatoaday Jun 11, 2009 12:29 PM

                                    No, I don't think Red Onion has added bbq. I was just lamenting the fact that drove up from Alameda and could have had a great burger at RO and instead blew our hunger at Kinders on a blah sandwich. It marred a beautiful Saturday having time to waste for once. Live and learn... although now I am curious about the Power Keg.

                                    I find Alameda lacking both in quality burgers and deli sandwiches. In fact, for a largish town, we seem to lack a lot of "greats" but that is just my opinion. Probably a different thread.

                                    1. re: tomatoaday
                                      rworange Jun 11, 2009 12:48 PM

                                      I wouldn't think Powder Keg is worth a drive from Alameda ... but I'd say the same about Red Onion. However, if you are in the area, I'd pick Powder Keg first, no contest. Report attached to this place record

                                      Powder Keg doesn't offer anything that closer Berkeley or Oakland restaurants do. However, for this neck of the woods, it is nice not having to drive to those cities.

                                  2. re: tomatoaday
                                    adrienne156 Jun 11, 2009 11:49 AM

                                    I've had good experiences with their pre-marinated meat taken home to grill or smoke. Not a fan of their sandwiches.

                                    1. re: adrienne156
                                      wolfe Jun 11, 2009 04:12 PM

                                      I know you mean Kinders but you got pushed so far down it looks like you were referring to Powder Keg.

                                      1. re: wolfe
                                        adrienne156 Jun 12, 2009 01:37 PM

                                        Thanks, Wolfey.

                              2. t
                                tomatoaday May 26, 2009 02:01 PM

                                Armadillo Willy's in Dublin is used to bulk orders and does meat only as an option

                                2 Replies
                                1. re: tomatoaday
                                  ola May 27, 2009 11:17 AM

                                  We're going to try their BBQ this weekend. TY.

                                  1. re: ola
                                    tomatoaday Jun 10, 2009 04:55 PM

                                    Did you try?

                                2. wolfe May 26, 2009 07:31 AM

                                  Check with the Brick Pig House on Shattuck. Stop in and try some. Easy to shape your order size with their menu.

                                  Brick Pig's House
                                  5973 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

                                  2 Replies
                                  1. re: wolfe
                                    ola May 26, 2009 01:05 PM

                                    Brick Pig doesn't take orders for more than 50 --- "it's a quality thing."

                                    1. re: ola
                                      wolfe May 26, 2009 03:05 PM

                                      Did you talk to them or just read the menu. I'm sure with enough advance they could prepare for more than the menu says. They seem like they really try to please.

                                  2. Robert Lauriston May 26, 2009 07:20 AM

                                    Give Uncle Willie's brisket a try. I don't know about their chicken, I never order that at BBQ places.

                                    Uncle Willie's BBQ and Fish
                                    614 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612

                                    1. j
                                      Janet May 25, 2009 11:11 PM

                                      Try the Back Forty in Pleasant Hill.

                                      Back Forty Texas BBQ
                                      100 Coggins Dr, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

                                      1. a
                                        abstractpoet May 25, 2009 10:57 PM

                                        Taste of Joy on Lakeshore is a new favorite of mine. Great brisket, pretty good chicken. Their BBQ dinners normally come with sides, but the owner/chef is a nice guy and seems eager to please, so if you give them a call, I'm sure you'd be able to work something out. They're a small operation, though, so I'm sure they'd need a lot of advanced notice for such a big order.

                                        Taste of Joy Barbecue & Southern Bistro
                                        3909 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA

                                        1. k
                                          kc72 May 25, 2009 10:53 PM

                                          Which places have you checked w/ already?

                                          1 Reply
                                          1. re: kc72
                                            ola May 26, 2009 01:00 PM

                                            Tried Bo's in Lafayette - too expensive, Maverick's in Contra Costa - never responded to the internet form, Lawrence Meats in Alamo - waiting for a bid, Bonehead's - only does full meals.
                                            We live in Contra Costa but would gladly go to Berkeley or Oakland.

                                          Show Hidden Posts