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Big Mama’s Rib Shack – Pasadena

Big Mama’s is a family owned & operated restaurant in Pasadena, CA. We serve the finest barbecue and southern eating this side of the Mississippi. Because of our unique cuisine and southern hospitality, we attract diners of all walks of life. It is true “down home” Southern food, crafted with careful attention to the tradition & love handed down from Big Mama’s original personal recipes.

Big Mama’s Rib Shack specializes in home made Southern Creole & BBQ cuisine. Come get your creole fix with entrees such as Jambalaya, Gumbo or Shrimp and Chicken Creole or Smothered Pork Chops.

Need some BBQ? Our sauce is boss and it graces our Baby Back & Pork Spare Ribs, BBQ Chicken or Hot Links entrees!

In the mood for seafood? Come try our Fried Catfish or Snapper, Oysters or Blackened fish entrees. Our side dishes such as Candied Yams, Greens, Okra and Baked Beans are just a few of our specialties.

Of coure we can’t forget our deserts…come try our Peach Cobbler, Red Velvet Cake or Pecan Pie.

History

Established in 2002.

Big Mama’s has been cooking, serving and selling Southern “down home” food for over 75 years.

Big Mama whose real name is Emma sue Miller McWhorter was Born in Burda, Georgia (just outside of Griffin, south of Atlanta), Big Mama and her husband James “Candy Jim” McWhorter then migrated north to Chattanooga, TN ,where she owned and operated restaurants. Big Mama’s son Dargin and his wife Anita opened “Big Mama’s fish and BBQ”on Fairoaks in Altadena, CA, then opened in the early 80’s in Old Town Pasadena, CA on Colorado blvd. between Fairoaks and Raymond.

Dargin McWhorter, with Big Mama coaching from the sidelines, and the help and support of his wife Anita and children opened the doors of Big Mama’s Cooking, Inc. on March 7th, 1992 in Las Vegas, NV. On September 20, 2002 Dargin’s children opened the Pasadena restaurant in a fine location on North Lake Ave.

Our Famous Special
Pulled Pork or Rib Tips $9.99
includes 2 sides & cornbread

(See Big Mama's website for lunch menu)

Big Mama's Dinner Menu

To Start
Big Mama makes most of our delicious food to order so an appetizer is a good way to go while you wait!

Gumbo or Jambalaya Cup Spicy $6.75

BBQ or Fried Wing Sections $7.95

Fried Oysters or Fried Shrimp with Hush Puppies $8.50

*some of our sides make great appetizers as well

Big Mama’s own Southern Salad
All big mama’s salads include chilled red beans, corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, crumbled cornbread served over a spring mix shredded cheese is .50c extra. Your choice of ranch, Italian or balsamic dressings.

Blackened Chicken Breast Salad $11.50

Shrimp Salad $12.95
(Blackened or Chilled Shrimp)

Garden Salad $7.95

Dinner Entrees
Entrees include two side orders except smothered chicken, smothered pork chops & red beans and rice plates.

Chicken

Famous Fried Chicken $12.15
3 pieces of chicken (2 thighs & 1 leg) battered Southern fried to a golden brown. White meat $1.50 extra. This item takes 20 minutes to cook.

BBQ Chicken $12.95
3 pieces of tender juicy chicken (2 thighs & leg) smoked on our pit and covered in sauce. Choice of two sides. White meat $1.50 extra.

Blackened Chicken Breast $12.75
(spicy) Tender succulent boneless breast of chicken blackened to perfection with Big Mama’s own blackened seasoning. Choice of two sides.

Creole Chicken $11.95
(spicy) Tender succulent smoked boneless breast of chicken combined with Big Mama’s creole sauce and poured over a mound of rice

Fried Wing Dinner $11.15
4 wings battered Southern fried to a golden brown.
This item takes 20 minutes to cook.

Smothered Chicken $10.75
Leg & thigh battered Southern fried chicken smothered in gravy served over rice. Choice of one side. White meat $1.50 extra. This item takes 20 minutes to cook.

Smoked Chicken with Red Beans & Rice $9.95
Smoked chicken served over a bed of red beans rice and grilled onions. Choice of one side.

Grilled Chicken Breast $12.25
Seasoned with herbs and spices. Choice of two sides

Beef

BBQ Beef Ribs
2 x $15.99, 4 x $25.99 or 7 x $32.99
BBQ Ribs slowly smoked with hickory then smothered with our BBQ sauce. Choice of two sides.

BBQ Tri Tip $16.95
Slow smoked tri tip sliced, grilled and topped with Big Mama’s BBQ sauce. Choice of two sides.

BBQ Beef Brisket $14.95
Slow smoked brisket, grilled and topped with Big Mama’s BBQ sauce. Choice of two sides.

Pork

BBQ Baby Back Ribs
Choice of two sides.
Third Rack (4 bones) $14.99 / Half Rack (6 bones) $17.95 / Full Rack (12 bones) $24.95

BBQ Pork Spare Ribs $14.95
5 pork spare ribs cut from the slab, smoked on our pit. Choice of two sides.

BBQ Sliced Pork $12.95
Slow smoked pork sliced, grilled and topped with Big Mama’s BBQ sauce. Choice of two sides.

BBQ Hot Links
Delicious Louisiana spiral cut links covered with our BBQ sauce. Choice of two sides.
2 links $10.25 3 links $12.25

Chicken Andouille
1 link $8.952 links $11.25

Fried Pork Chops $13.95
2 center cut chops battered southern style with Big Mama’s special batter. Choice of two sides.

Red Beans & Rice with Hot Links $9.95
Louisiana hot links served over a bed of red beans, rice and grilled onions. Choice of one side.

Smothered Pork Chops $13.95
2 battered South ern fried pork chops smothered in gravy served over rice. Choice of one side.

Seafood

Blackened or Grilled Catfish $13.95
(spicy) Catfish filet seasoned with a selected mixture of herbs & spices, blackened or grilled on both sides. Choice of two sides.

Blackened or Grilled Fish $13.50
(spicy) Fish filet seasoned with a selected mixture of herbs & spices, blackened or grilled on both sides. Choice of two sides.

Fried Catfish $13.95
Delicious sliced filet deep fried in Big Mama’s batter. Choice of two sides.

Blackened Shrimp $16.95
Shrimp seasoned with a selected mixture of herbs & spices, blackened or grilled on both sides. Choice of two sides.

Fried Shrimp $15.95
Shrimp dipped in Big Mama’s batter & deep fried. Choice of two sides.

Fried Oysters $15.95
Medium size deep fried in Mama’s batter. Choice of two sides.

Fried Fish $12.95
Filet deep fried in Mama’s batter. Choice of two sides

Kids Corner
12 and under, dine in only, dinners include one side and a beverage

BBQ or Fried Leg or BBQ Rib $6.50
Chicken Strips $7.95
Fried Fish $6.50

Combos
Almost enough for 2 to share. Definitely a nice way to go to become familiar with a variety of Big Mama’s offerings. No substitutions. All combos include 2 side orders.

BBQ Combo $22.95
2 pork spare ribs, 1 leg, 1 thigh, 1 hot link & 2 pieces of sliced pork or beef. White meat $1.50

Cajun Combo $24.95
Jambalaya, gumbo, chicken & shrimp creole (mixed) served with hush puppies.

Creole Seafood Combo $24.95
2 shrimp, 2 oysters, 2 pieces of catfish & snapper served with hush puppies

Special Catering Menus

The following menus are designed to feed 8 to 10 people. Tax and delivery are extra. These menus are not available for restaurant dine in or Holidays.
Sports Party Package - $109.50 (+ tax)

Fried or BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans or Red Beans & Rice, Cole Slaw or Potato Salad, Corn Bread or Rolls Southern Cooking Party Menu - $139.50 (+ tax)

BBQ Ribs, BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans or Red Beans & Rice, Cole Slaw or Potato Salad, Corn Bread
Special Dinner Menu - $149.50 (+ tax)

Smoked or Baked Turkey, Dressing & Giblet Gravy, Cole Slaw or Potato Salad, Yams or Mashed Potatoes, Corn Bread or Rolls.

For deep fried turkeys add $45.00.

The Ultimate Tailgate

Big Mama's is proud to announce the arrival of The Ultimate Tailgate - our mobile kitchen bringing our famous southern cooking right to you. We can cater your event from large to small - from sporting events, to private parties, to corporte functions. With our fully outfitted and portable trailer, we can deliver our famous recipe's, no matter the size of your event. Get in touch today to find out how to have our kitchen come to you! Email Us Now to find out how you, too, can experience The Ultimate Tailgate.

Place Categories: Barbecue Restaurants, Cajun / Creole Restaurants, Children's Menu, Cuisine, Featured Restaurant, Features, Outside Catering, Private Dining, Soul Food Restaurants and Southern Restaurants

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