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Big Hoffa’s BBQ 800 E. Main St. Westfield Indiana.

This is a rather peculiar building. A big metal thing with the entire outer surface painted in such a way as to suggest it is actually many different shops. I only photographed the 2  functioning doors. It was cold and sleeting that day.

Inside it was cozy and quite utilitarian. You ordered at a counter and then when they called your name you picked it up. Simple and efficient. We got there a few minutes before noon and it was just starting to pick up steam. By 12:15 there was a considerable line.

This is the only smoker I could see; and it wasn’t working that day. I wonder if they have a tough time keeping up.

Did you notice anything odd about Pat’s sides? They offer Jasmine rice. I have never been to a BBQ joint that had rice. Unless it was Korean BBQ.

When I go to a BBQ joint I usually go with brisket. If they have it.

My sides were slaw and baked beans. The beans were pretty good. Not as thick as I would like but pretty good. The slaw was nice but not the best I have had. Which brings us to the beef. It was nice and tender and pretty lean. Just enough fat to add flavor. I could not detect much smoke though. It was pretty good and it went well with the 2 sauces we tried. The sweet and the spicy.

Our lunches were thoroughly legit and reasonably priced. A half pound of meat with 2 sides and 2 rolls for less than $9. I am with Pat though. It is too far to drive with any regularity. I will say this if I lived closer I would be back. They make their own Key Lime pie and peach cobbler.


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5 responses

  1. I’ve not been here yet, but have been to a couple of events they’ve catered. Stellar! Like you, brisket is what I go for!

    January 14, 2018 at 8:29 am

  2. Well, that is a heck of a deal. The cheapest brisket around here is $9 per half pound, and the sides are $2.50 each apiece. I’m with you–slaw and beans are the right sides. I’ve never heard of any rice at all being served with BBQ. I’m trying to imagine sopping up the sauce with rice, and I shudder.

    January 16, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    • It is a good thing you weren’t with us then because that is precisely what Pat did. BBQ rice. Yikes. I like sauce and I like Jasmine rice I just can’t see the 2 together. However they do offer a rice bowl on the menu. Rice topped with pulled pork and Teriyaki sauce. Whatever floats your boat.

      January 17, 2018 at 8:51 am

  3. I love jasmine rice to the point where I’ll make it into any dish, I’ll make it yellow, I’ll use it for jambalaya, I’ll eat with a fox in a box. Seriously. I’m in! That slaw looks so good. I need to get some slaw soon!
    Love the doors on the odd building, too.

    January 24, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    • Were it better weather I would have taken more exterior shots. All the outside walls were painted up like a small business district. So Cheesy; but cute.

      January 25, 2018 at 7:56 am

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