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The Settlement, "Big Hoss" BBQ

9502 E. Trimmier Road, "Lovin' Acres Ranch", Killeen, TX
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Ranked #38 of 199 Restaurants in Killeen
Cuisines: Barbecue
Description: I ran across a Killeen, TX Daily Hearld article about Walter Brown, owner of "Big Hoss" BBQ, and Pat Kern, another supportive citizen who did an exceptional service by feeding 220 soldiers from nearby Fort Hood. Brown went to pay Kern $1700 for work done at his restaurant. Kern refused the money and said, "Take your money elsewhere." Brown kept the money and fed 220 soldiers at his newly opened BBQ. We were so impressed with the whole story, found at http://www.kdhnews.com/news/story.aspx?s=44066 We drove 3 1/2 hours from Abilene to visit "Big Hoss" BBQ. We had read reviews from another site that gave his BBQ a whopping 5 stars. "Big Hoss" was at the entrance when we arrived and made us feel like VIP's. We arrived early so he was able to give us a grand tour... of special interest is a display of "Old West" characters, each hand-carved from a single piece of wood.. no glue! .. done by local artists. Each booth has a special theme depicting lives of special folks in the area. Mrs. "Hoss" was equally gracious as was our server. We enjoyed our meal ABOVE ALL. Hubby and I shared our food together so we had Brisket, Spare Ribs and Chicken, along with sides of veggies and dessert; my Peach Cobbler w/Ice Cream was terriffic! What's nice is that you have an option to "Build Ya' Own Plate. I'm from the South, so I suggested corn sticks would be a nice addition to his menu; his slices of white and wheat breads were nice. Also, I prefer corn on cob over whole kernel corn. He also has specials, Friday is Catfish & Hushpuppies, plus other daily specials posted at the entrance. The day we were there was a yummy looking German meal, another was a Pork Loin meal. Next visit I'll try his Appetizer, "Bedroll Shrimp." His beverages are "soft," but I think you can BYOB. Currently, he's only open Fridays 4pm-9pm, Saturdays 11am-9pm and Sundays 11am-7pm. Out-of-towners will need a map or Street Pilot to find The Settlement, but you won't regret your visit! Also www.bighossbbq.com has links at top of web page for directions, his Menu, pictures, and another Newspaper article.
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Description: I ran across a Killeen, TX Daily Hearld article about Walter Brown, owner of "Big Hoss" BBQ, and Pat Kern, another supportive citizen who did an exceptional service by feeding 220 soldiers from nearby Fort Hood. Brown went to pay Kern $1700 for work done at his restaurant. Kern refused the money and said, "Take your money elsewhere." Brown kept the money and fed 220 soldiers at his newly opened BBQ. We were so impressed with the whole story, found at http://www.kdhnews.com/news/story.aspx?s=44066 We drove 3 1/2 hours from Abilene to visit "Big Hoss" BBQ. We had read reviews from another site that gave his BBQ a whopping 5 stars. "Big Hoss" was at the entrance when we arrived and made us feel like VIP's. We arrived early so he was able to give us a grand tour... of special interest is a display of "Old West" characters, each hand-carved from a single piece of wood.. no glue! .. done by local artists. Each booth has a special theme depicting lives of special folks in the area. Mrs. "Hoss" was equally gracious as was our server. We enjoyed our meal ABOVE ALL. Hubby and I shared our food together so we had Brisket, Spare Ribs and Chicken, along with sides of veggies and dessert; my Peach Cobbler w/Ice Cream was terriffic! What's nice is that you have an option to "Build Ya' Own Plate. I'm from the South, so I suggested corn sticks would be a nice addition to his menu; his slices of white and wheat breads were nice. Also, I prefer corn on cob over whole kernel corn. He also has specials, Friday is Catfish & Hushpuppies, plus other daily specials posted at the entrance. The day we were there was a yummy looking German meal, another was a Pork Loin meal. Next visit I'll try his Appetizer, "Bedroll Shrimp." His beverages are "soft," but I think you can BYOB. Currently, he's only open Fridays 4pm-9pm, Saturdays 11am-9pm and Sundays 11am-7pm. Out-of-towners will need a map or Street Pilot to find The Settlement, but you won't regret your visit! Also www.bighossbbq.com has links at top of web page for directions, his Menu, pictures, and another Newspaper article.
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Killeen, Texas
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42 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I've eaten here twice, both for military functions...so we did not get to choose what we got to eat or drink, but I was not that impressed with the food, especially for what they charged us!!! I've had better bbq, lots better!! The tea is bad, just bad...on these occasions, they only offered tea, water or lemonade, they did not... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This place is on the outskirts of town but doesn't take you long to get there. I came here with a small group early on a Friday evening and was seated immediately. I liked the wooden décor and the little shelves of jelly and jam for sale. The bathroom has a very interesting Texas-shaped sink which you must see. The... More

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Killeen, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We had a farewell gathering for my boss before we all deployed to afghanistan, and the staff at The Settlement went above and beyond to take care of our group that literally took up the entire restaurant. Quaint place if you didn't know it existed you wouldn't find it, this is the only downfall. The food was good, and the... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

I usually like anything BBQ, I'm not hard to please at all. This place was horrible!!! I went there because I was craving ribs and this was the only BBQ place around that is open on Sundays. When I walked in it smelt so good! I just knew the food was going to be delicious, I wanted to try everything!!!... More

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Fort Hood, TX
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013 via mobile

I loved everything about this restaurant except the food. The brisket was very fatty but very dry as well. I am not sure how they prepare their BBQ but it tasted like it was cooked in the oven vs being smoked or being pit BBQ. my husband had pulled pork and he said it tasted good but again like it... More

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Killeen, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Big Hoss BBQ was an amazing experience for me and my family. I came in with a table of 20+ and they were quick to arrange our table for not having a reservation. Our service was fantastic! Our server was fast at coming to take our drinks, she offered us appetizers to help with the wait. Big hoss was quick... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

This food was terrible, the three comparent plates, NO, give that to a child, please fire the chef or whoever cooked all the food. TERRIBLE I want my money back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

We had a great time and the food was outstanding. Be sure to get "All ya' can eat." You won't want to stop. We'll definitely be back!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Visited shortly after opening. Had a brisket/sausage plate. Brisket had a metallic taste! Sausage was nothing to brag about. Potato salad was bland and BBQ sauce was . I'm kind of a BBQ snob so was very disappointed in this place. Others have been there since my visit and have stated good things... maybe my visit was just an anomaly... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012 via mobile

Great food. Great owners. Best brisket I've had in a long time. Home-made BBQ sauce. Everything was amazing!

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