Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Q

Bar-b-q | Roadside Stand | Sandwich Shop | Smoke House
One of the best

There is no need to qualify kudos for Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Q by adding “for New York” or “for the Northeast” to the statement that this is first class smoke-pit food. It’s good by any standard. I am particularly impressed by the brisket, which is luxurious beyond all expectations, but still on the decent side of fatty. Pulled pork is a handsome sight — all different-size shreds and hunks expertly separated from their fat. Perhaps too expertly, because this pork makes me long for a bit more adipose indulgence.

A bowl of cracklin’s, which are like bacon but better, appear at the order counter while I am having a meal. They’re meant to be a garnish for mashed potatoes, but pitmaster Warren Norstein sees me oogling them and graciously offers a cluster to nosh. I have yet to try the burnt ends, which sound great mixed with sauteed onions, nor have I attacked a rack of ribs. I did have a serving of corn pudding on the side of the meats — like bread pudding, but dotted with sweet kernels.

What to Eat
Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Q, Pulled Pork Sandwich
Pulled Pork Sandwich
The medium-size pulled pork sandwich is really very large, and so overstuffed that it is virtually impossible to lift like a regular sandwich. The pork benefits immensely from Big W's excellent spicy sauce.
Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Q, Ribs
Slow wood smoked pork ribs.
Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Q, Brisket Sandwich
Brisket Sandwich
A half-pound of brisket tumbles from its bun. All those falling-off shreds are especially delicious.
Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Q, Cracklins
Cracklin's, too rich to eat all by themselves, are an inspired garnish for mashed potatoes.
Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Q, Barbecue Sauce
Barbecue Sauce
Clockwise from the top: beans, slaw, sauce, and rice.
Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Q, Corn Pudding
Corn Pudding
Corn pudding is a stout side dish that requires serious excavation.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday12pm - 8pm
Wednesday12pm - 8pm
Thursday12pm - 8pm
Friday12pm - 9pm
Saturday12pm - 9pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 49 MILES | 1 hr 14 min

The color of New England's autumn foliage attracts seasonal visitors to the southern foothills of the Berkshires, but year around, it is an excruciatingly beautiful land: rolling hills, stone walls, covered bridges, field, forest, and stream. The food is an outstanding mix of culinary sophistication and rural charm. Start the day with root vegetable hash…

Summer, Fall, Spring
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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