About Big Roddy's...

Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack was born as an idea shared between two best friends, Roderick “Big Roddy” Saba & David Kempnich, who had a dream to work together in a fun, interesting environment and make a life for themselves outside the conventional 9am to 5pm grind.

Big Roddy’s started off very modestly as a small food stall at the original Boundary St markets in Brisbane’s West End in 2015. The boys followed the market scene all over Brisbane and after a year or two of satisfying Brisbane’s rib cravings they felt as though they had garnered enough of a response from the market stall punters to have a crack at opening a permanent site.

Fish Lane, only meters from the site of the very first Big Roddy’s market stall, seemed like the perfect location and by early 2017 the dream of a ‘bricks and mortar’ Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack was close to becoming a reality.

On the 1st of April, 2017 Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack finally opened it’s doors to the public. It was the proudest moment imaginable for the two friends that had started this rib-tastic journey so long ago.

The constantly changing environment of Brisbane’s market scene could have ended years of hard work, yet the Big Roddy’s boy’s continuous optimism and fun-loving spirit continued to fuel their motivation to bring quality food into every rib-loving home and they wake up every day looking forward to serving up Brisbane’s favourite ribs.

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 can, but we also want to serve you up food that we can all feel good about eating. We believe accountability in the food we sell is very, very important.
This is why we only source our signature ribs 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 a fair bit 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.

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!