This year we bought Daytona 500 tickets. Mason was excited and his Uncle David agreed to join us for what we hoped would be a fun weekend. The day before the race we were slated to spend the night in Jacksonville. On our way to Duval County we stopped at Big Wood BBQ and Grill in Live Oak for a quick pit stop. The restaurant is located off of I-10 Exit 283 at 314 72nd Trace. Pulling into the parking lot my stomach grumbled and I hoped we were in store for some good que.
Big Wood is housed in a wood clad building with a bright red roof. A large square sign towers above the street displaying the eateries name along with a large deer rack. Stepping inside we were immediately greeted by a hostess who asked us if we planned to dine in or carry out. We stated the latter and moseyed into the bar area to place our orders. A smiling bartender handed us a couple of menus and Mason sat himself at the bar to watch the Nationwide Race.
Big Wood serves up BBQ pork, ribs, chicken along with burgers, fish sandwiches and chicken fingers. David and I both ordered the pork sandwich with a side of French fries and a sweet tea. Mason went wanted Zaby’s chicken fingers and declined to order. The sweet tea was served in a large foam cup and was properly sweetened. While waiting for our meal Mason had to use the restroom which allowed us to explore the remainder of the restaurant. To the right a large dining room was lined with light colored wood. Booths filled the space and each table was covered with beige tiles. A support beam for the roof was made to look like a tree and displayed harvested game. Both the dining area and restroom were spotless.
Following a short wait at the bar our food was brought to us in a white plastic bag. Big Wood offers three BBQ sauces, hot, mild and sweet. All were tomato based and tasted respectable. I asked for a cup of the hot BBQ sauce and we departed.
Applying sauce to a pork sandwich and eating it at highway speeds can be a challenge. Instead we opted to eat in the car. I popped over the box and discovered a toasted bun topped with sliced pork. Big Wood, like other BBQ joints in the area, uses pork loins. The meat was moist but did not have any smoked flavor, which was disappointing. Large pieces of fat were also still attached to the meat. I picked them off and topped the sandwich with the BBQ sauce. It provided a nice kick and added some much needed flavor. The fries were crinkle cut, warm, and served their purpose.
I really do not understand the use of pork loins at BBQ joints in the Live Oak/Lake City, Florida area, and my lunch from Big Wood BBQ and Grill was okay. I would stop in again, but only if I had an unquenchable BBQ thirst. Big Wood is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The restaurant can be found on Facebook and contacted by telephone at (386) 362-7427.
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