BBQ the House Down
My hope is for that to start to change.
I’m planning to place more of an emphasis on great BBQ on this blog. Hopefully that will include reviews of restaurants, recipes, and maybe even some fun surprises.
BBQ is one of my favorite foods. And there’s an entire world of BBQ out there. It’s now time for From Ballparks to BBQ to become more of a resource on this awesome topic.
Sorry for the rant about the direction of my blog. Let’s get on to the latest restaurant review!
The restaurant isn’t much in terms of atmosphere. It reminds me of a reception hall you would see at an old church or an American legion building. The lighting is bad and there’s nothing fancy about it. However, there is a tiny fire pit in the middle of the dining room that was on when I stopped in for lunch. I have no idea if they actually use it but at least it looked cool. Instead of eating in the restaurant, I decided to get my food to go.
Bad Wolf offers a variety of lunch specials that are very reasonably priced and I selected the BBQ combo. This came with 6 oz. of pulled pork, coleslaw, potato salad, bread and sweet tea. You can choose whether you want the BBQ to be vinegar or tomato based and I went with the tomato. With tax, the combo costs $7.00. Considering everything you get, it’s a very fair price.
I thought the pulled pork had a nice flavor. There was plenty of sweetness from the tomato based sauce and the meat was moist and cooked properly. I was able to pull the pork apart with a plastic fork, so there was no question about the tenderness of the meat.
The coleslaw was also an excellent side for the pork. Some people would probably consider this to be sacrilegious but I’m from the school that thinks it’s appropriate to mix coleslaw with pulled pork. I want the slaw to be sweet and finely chopped, which is exactly what they serve at Bad Wolf BBQ. Slaw is a matter of preference for many people, but I was a big fan of this type.
The potato salad was decent but not anything memorable. It tasted like most potato salad you would get from a grocery store or have at a church picnic. To be honest, it’s rare that I have potato salad that stands out.
The bread served with this combo is like what you’d get from a BBQ restaurant in Texas. It was a slice of white bread cut into two triangles. Nothing fancy. At all. I was surprised to see this, but didn’t mind it. The bread still tasted great with the pork and slaw.
Finally, it would be a crime if I didn’t mention the sweet tea. Oh. My. Goodness. I usually order water at a restaurant because I’m already consuming enough calories with what’s on my plate, but I figured I’d try the tea because the combo came with a drink. This tea is extremely sweet and I have no doubt it’ll make your teeth rot, but it’s fantastic. It’s some of the best tea I’ve had in the Roanoke Valley.
This is the type of meal I’d expect to have at football tailgate or a community picnic. And growing up in the South and going to an SEC school, it’s high praise when you say a restaurant serves tailgate or picnic-worthy food. Bad Wolf BBQ might not look special when you see it from the outside, but it’s a place where you can get some good ‘cue.
Bad Wolf Bar B Q
5236 Williamson Road
Roanoke, VA 24012