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Satchel's BBQ

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3035 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-5119
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Really good BBQ!

Visited with family. Chicken plate, gumbo, greens, mac& cheese, cornbread, coleslaw, kielbasa, yum!all delicious. Nothing fancy, but it is a great casual place with really good food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
Port Sanilac, Michigan
via mobile
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I split a half rack of baby ribs, baked Beans, potato salad, cornbread and gumbo. The ribs were not baby back and were very dried out, the potato salad needed salt and the beans had a lot of molasses in them. The cornbread was dry. The gumbo was okay but I've had better. The total came to... More 

Thank Kirsten F
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Portions were good for all plates, but I had the pulled pork and brisket and could not taste any smokiness in the meat, even on the bark of the brisket. Odd cuz they were putting meat on a smoker in front if the place when we drove in.I could smell smoke in the place, but taste none. All the BBQ... More 

Thank onthemove777
Howell, Michigan, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I came to Ann Arbor to eat before visiting a friend. We usually go to our favorite spots, but I saw this BBQ place that I hadn't heard of. After going to EMU, I was intrigued that there was a BBQ place I wasn't familiar with. I read the other Yelp reviews, where many were positive, but... More 

Thank Ashley M
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

I have driven by many times tempted by the smoke. The lunch lines were out the door when it first opened. Now I finally get to try it and I am underwhelmed. I normally dont like to spend more than $ 10-12 for lunch. Trust me that you can get a great meal in Ann Arbor for that price any... More 

Thank TheMItraveler
Clemmons, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

It's hard to be a southern transplant and not having access to good barbecue. When I discovered this place, I was skeptical, but it is the real deal. I have been here many times since, and I have ordered practically everything on the menu, and it is all good. The sauces are all fantastic, with something to suit every preference.... More 

Thank Andrei S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

I was was amazed at the quantity of food and the quality of food we just don't get this type of barbecue in the south. I would recommend this place to anyone the barbecue is the best I've had in a long time. Don't let the menu prices scare you away because you get a lot of food usually enough... More 

Thank Limomike
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

Ordered the brisket. Must admit I was disappointed. The meat was cut thicker than I am used to and was too dry. On the positive side the numerous sauces were excellent and if you allowed the meat to sit in the sauce for some time it compensated for the meat's dryness. Family members ordered the ribs and said they were... More 

Thank rands222
Port Sanilac, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

Visited with family. Chicken plate, gumbo, greens, mac& cheese, cornbread, coleslaw, kielbasa, yum!all delicious. Nothing fancy, but it is a great casual place with really good food.

Thank KathrynSews
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I just love this place. Last time I was in there the owner was giving out samples of hot out of the smoker brisket. He is a great guy! Their brisket is some of the best in Michigan. Always like to support local businesses when I can. They make it too easy by being so delicious! The wood smoker out... More 

Thank jmhulet
ann arbor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I've been to Satchel's once or twice before but today was the best experience I've had. I finally realized that you have to be liberal with the sauce to maximize the taste of the sandwiches. The house sauce on top of the pulled pork was magnifique! Oh, and the young lady at the cash register was very sweet. My sandwich... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3035 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-5119
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ann Arbor
  • Phone Number: 734-971-5100

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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