Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack was began as a desire of two best friends, Roderick “Big Roddy” Saba & David Kempnich to escape the conventional 9am to 5pm grind and to work together in a fun, interesting environment that gave them control over their own destinies!
From humble market stall beginnings…
In 2015, Big Roddy’s began modestly as a small food stall at the original Boundary St markets in Brisbane’s West End. The boys followed the market scene all over Brisbane, satisfying Brisbane’s rib cravings for two years.
However, the constantly changing environment of Brisbane’s markets could have ended years of hard work and stopped Big Roddy’s in it’s track, but the boy’s continuous optimism and fun-loving spirit continued to fuel their motivation to take their business to the next level.
After many sold out market evenings and positive community feedback, Big Roddy’s received enough of a response from their market stall to have a crack at opening their own permanent restaurant.
Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack Becomes a Real Boy…Restaurant
Fish Lane, only meters from the site of the very first Big Roddy’s market stall, seemed like the perfect location. By early 2017, the dream of a ‘bricks and mortar’ Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack was close to becoming a reality.
On 1 April 2017, Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack finally opened its’ doors to the public. It was the proudest moment imaginable for the two friends that had started this rib-tastic journey so long ago. Three years later in February, 2020 Big Roddy’s #2 opened it’s doors at 86 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley.
Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack is now open Monday – Sunday from 11:30am–2:00pm, and 5:30pm–9:00pm, and available for dining in, Functions & Catering, pick ups and delivery via Deliveroo. Check out our Menu today.
Stay tuned for more Big Roddy’s store opening announcements – coming soon!
How We Care…
At Big Roddy’s, we not only want to serve you up the best tasting food, we want to serve food we can all feel good about eating. We believe accountability in the food we sell is very, very important. That’s why we only source our signature ribs and fresh produce from ethical, sustainable farmers.
We proudly source all our pork ribs from ‘100% sow stall free’ farms in South East Queensland. Not only is this good for the environment by ensuring none of our pork meat has travelled more than 100km before it arrives at Big Roddy’s, but this also ensures that all the pork in Big Roddy’s has been sourced ethically and you can always dine with us feeling confident that no pigs have ever been mis-treated during their life time.
All our beef ribs come from Cape Grim in the far northwest corner of Tasmania. While this remote region of Australia is further away than our pork farms in South East Queensland, the region benefits from abundant rainfall and has, quite literally, the cleanest air in the world. Cape Grim’s proud collective of beef farmers throughout Tasmania, King and Flinders Islands, have a commitment to sustainable farming and ethical practices. They nurture the finest quality cattle, without harming the pristine environment. The use of hormones, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and antibiotics are not permitted on Cape Grim farms. The cows of Cape Grill are raised on rich pastures with nothing else added, Cape Grim Beef is hand-selected and rigorously graded, rewarding us with pure beef flavour that we can all feel good about.
Homemade Secret Sauces
We also make 100% of our sauces in-store ourselves, so you can be confident there’s no weird ingredients being added into anything you eat at Big Roddy’s. If you can’t pronounce it, it will never be added into anything made at Big Roddy’s.
All of the fruit and vegetables used at Big Roddy’s are all sourced locally from the Rocklea Markets fresh every single day. We believe this is very important, not only to make our food taste as good as it possible can, but also to support the local South East QLD farmers that feed all of us every day.
Finally, nothing, and we mean NOTHING, that you eat in Big Roddy’s has ever been frozen. We don’t even have a freezer and we never will. None of our ribs, none of our burger ingredients, none of our sauces, none of our nothing is ever defrosted and then cooked or reheated at Big Roddy’s. We strongly believe food tastes better when it remains natural and is cooked fresh, not that “frozen and then defrosted fresh”.
Eat with confidence at Big Roddy’s!