We’re always up for good barbecue, and, as we were in the area driving back from Cedar Point, we figured we’d try Bubba’s Q.
Like many authentic barbecue places, Bubba’s Q is a fairly unassuming establishment in a building that seems like a cross between a house and a barn. The space is nicely open, though, with a high A-frame ceiling and visible supports.
As they’re known for their ribs, Sarah and I split a full rack of baby backs with fries, baked beans and fried corn. Jonathan had the kids’ hot dog dinner.
The ribs were unbelievably good, not just the best we’ve had in town but maybe the best we’ve had ever. The meat was perfectly tender, smokey and flavorful. The outside had a flaky dark brown crust that Sarah couldn’t get enough of. The barbecue sauce on the side is pretty good, vinegary, slightly sweet and not very hot. The ribs didn’t need much (if any of it), though, because of how good they were by themselves.
The sides were excellent as well. The molasses in the beans had a clear caramel element, but they weren’t cloyingly sweet. The fries were double-fried and crispy, and the “fried corn” was a tasty creamed corn flecked with bacon.
Even Jonathan’s hot dog looked good, somewhat blacked on the outside from being on the grill
I was a bit concerned that, like Fat Casual, Bubba’s Q wouldn’t serve beer, and I kind of needed one after a long day at Cedar Point. They do, but I couldn’t tell you the full list: they had me at a draft of Lake Erie Monster, Great Lakes’ Imperial IPA. The powerful hops and subtle sweetness went really well with dinner.
We rarely make it as far west as Avon, but when we do we’ll definitely check out Bubba’s Q again.