Traditional Southern with an Asian touch at Big Joe’s Bar-B-Q

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By Pamela Brownstein
I was excited that Lunch Bunch would be eating at Big Joe’s Bar-B-Q in Port Royal because I had never been there but had heard that it was a popular spot among locals. To be honest, I always found the location a bit daunting (it’s in the same strip mall as a gas station). Don’t make the same mistake I did: Go try the food at once, it’s superb.

Korean barbecue called bulgogi

Owner Yuni brought out several plates for us to sample: each representing the wide range that the restaurant offers.
We all loved the traditional Lowcountry Boil made with large shrimp, corn on the cob, whole sausage and potatoes. Elizabeth and I could have sat there all day eating those potatoes, they were perfectly cooked and seasoned.
Next there was fried shrimp with crinkle fries, as well fried tilapia filets that were flaky and tasty. We also tried a salad with pulled pork.
The biggest surprise was the steaming plate of beef, sauteed onions and other vegetables. This was Korean barbecue called bulgogi and it was so yummy. Served over rice, there was tons of flavor.
Elizabeth, Buck, Nikki and I were thrilled to try all the dishes, and couldn’t finish it all, we were so full and satisfied.

Lowcountry Boil.

Big Joe’s serves barbecue sandwiches, ribs, wings, as well as a whole slew of sides including fried corn nuggets, hash and rice, or white lima beans and rice.
The daily specials include two smoked chicken leg quarters with two sides or two piece ribs with two sides for only $5.99. With the military specials, Marine graduates eat free on Fridays and all military gets 15% off everyday. They also deliver to Parris Island.
After buying Big Joe’s three years ago, Yuni has added her own feminine touches with new lighting and table clothes over the big family size wooden tables.
Big Joe’s Bar-B-Q is located at 780 D Parris Island Gateway, Port Royal. Take out and catering available. Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., closed Sunday. Call 843-770-0711 or visit www.bigjoesbbq.net.