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“If you're west of Texas, just keep on going to Big Jakes.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Big Jakes Island B-B-Q

Big Jakes Island B-B-Q
83-5308 Mamalahoa Hwy, Mile Marker 106, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726
(808) 328-1227
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Ranked #2 of 22 restaurants in Captain Cook
Cuisines: American
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Malibu, CA
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“If you're west of Texas, just keep on going to Big Jakes.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This isn't just the best BBQ in Captain Cook, on The Big Island, or even in Hawai'i. This is the best BBQ I've had west of Kansas City. Melting tender pulled pork with a tasty BBQ sauce that was island-esq without crossing that line into candy sweetness. Can't speak the ribs, they were still rolling on the smoker. The brisket was also first class with just the right amount of fat cap left on and a beautiful smoke ring. Cold beer for sale right next door... yup, paradise.

A very friendly fellow working the counter was running the smoker and more than willing to talk shop. Said they used locally sourced woods like coffee tree, macadamia wood, etc... Thought that was a great twist on the traditional (and I'm sure crazy expensive to import) hickory/mequite/oak and offered just as good of a rich smokiness. Cool old home-built smokers on a pickup chassis too.

Having moved from Missouri to California some years back, I've been looking high and low on the west coast for good Que. Little did i know it was just on a different Pacific Ocean coast. Seriously guys, A+ stuff, thanks a million.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Seattle, Washington, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Yum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Great BBQ! Although I always find that BBQ sauce is a personal preference, the meat was soft and flavorful. Unfortunately they were out of brisket and ribs because we arrived just before closing, Get there early!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Two out of three gave it a thumbs up”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

My family lives in the area and while visiting them we decided to give the BBQ a try. Brisket and pulled pork got a thumbs up but the ribs did not. Ribs that day were undercooked and not falling off the bone as one would expect. Beans were tasty and slaw with golden raisins okay. I would try again

Visited October 2013
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Clinton, Washington
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45 restaurant reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“great BBQ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

reasonably priced and quick. Friendly and a great take away to eat on our lanai at the hotel Manago. The ribs and the smoked chicken are the best.

Visited December 2012
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Went there my second day on the island had the brisket very tender loved the sauce. My son had the chicken and my other son had the hot link very good. Cant wait to go back again one day soon.

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