After a few years spent catering out of a trailer, Lloyd Henry, a State Farm insurance agent, and his wife, Fontella, a retired Columbia, Missouri, police officer, launched the Big Daddy’s BBQ storefront on the corner of Garth Avenue and Business Loop 70 in 2014.

Serving what Henry describes as “somewhat” Kansas City-style barbecue, Big Daddy’s offers ribs, rib tips, pulled pork, brisket, chicken, Polish sausage, fried fish and pork steaks alongside housemade sides including baked beans, coleslaw, green beans, collard greens and potato salad. As for the sauce – which Henry says is critical – he developed a sweet, ketchup-based variety with a little spiciness on the finish.

Big Daddy’s BBQ has a takeout counter with a patio featuring about 25 seats, so in addition to two food trailers, the restaurant is open from March 15 through around Thanksgiving, depending on the weather.

Big Daddy's BBQ, 1205 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, Missouri, 573.875.2227,

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