Located on Edmonton’s south side in the sparsely populated Triton warehouse parking lot, you’ll find a non-descript trailer. In fact, as you head north or south down Davies Road, you’d be hard pressed to think it’s anything more than a storage container. However, if you are lucky enough to be stuck at the intersection near by, you may just get a glimpse of the wooden steps that lead you to the truth. See, locked inside of that mobile trailer is a smokehouse unlike any other around here. Real. Slow. BBQ.
Each day from 11:30Am until the food has disappeared, Rand Petersen (see above) or more appropriately, Bubba, is serving some sort of BBQ. Just one item though, so don’t go in thinking you have a menu to choose from. Ranging from pulled pork to brisket, pulled beef to ribs, you’ll only find the classics here at Bubba’s. Having attempted a few other visits after the now infamous Edmonton Journal article that created lineups around the corner, I finally saw my chance on Monday when the queue was only 10 people deep. Wait, did I mention I was 30 minutes early.
The choice of the day was chicken. I had to cringe when I saw Rand burn himself trying to get the chicken from the racks, as I can only imagine the little birds are considerably more work than a few giant pork shoulders. Paying my $22 bill, I pulled two styrofoam containers off the counter and made a beeline for the car. Discovering three gorgeously coloured pieces of dark meat, along with almost 2 cups of potato salad (no other option was available), I sat back to enjoy. The chicken was moist, tender, and..well, just damn good. Can that be scientific enough for everyone? The smoke didn’t create a ring like you might find in brisket, but the flavour was unreal. Messy. Juicy. Meaty! The potato salad was good, with a nice mustard profile and a mix of perfectly cooked potatoes. The pickle…well that just finished off the amazing road side meal.
Instead of trying to rush down during the work day, I suggest you take the day off of work, line up early, and spend the rest of the afternoon liking what I think is Edmonton’s best bbq off of your fingers.