Portland >Food & Dining > Big Kahuna's Barbeque
8221 N Lombard St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720345.589352 -122.751189
Neighborhoods: North Portland Neighborhood Services, St. Johns
Best BBQ pork sandwich in portland – Not sure why anyone would think Big Kahuna's pork is watered down? I went there yesterday for lunch and the place was packed! Big Kahuna himself was behind the line and a big guy with a aloha shirt was behind the till great customer service by the way! anyway, I ordered the pork sandwich with two sides potato salad and mango cole slaw, the potato salad was ok, but the mango cole slaw was great! crisp and sasy. I also ordered the spicy BBQ sauce on the side as I did not know how hot it might be, Let me tell you what, that sauce was the bomb! spicy but not to spicy. that guy did not know BBQ Kahuna, Don't pay no attention to his comments I am not local to St. John's but let me tell you I will be back for more real soon and I will tell all my friends about The BIG KAHUNA"S BBQ. Keep up the good Q.
Big Kahunas = Big Dissapointment – I have been to Big Kahunas twice and left both times very unimpressed. I have to start by saying I cannot say anything about the catering because I have only been to the restaurant. I hate to put down a business in my neighborhood (St. Johns) but I also feel the need to share my personal experience.
To start off with the lady who took my order seemed negative and was not helpful when I asked sincerly what dishes are the peoples favorite and which meats have won awards. Seemed to be annoyed at the questions.
The first time I got the pulled pork and it was sort of watery and luke warm and did not have much flavor, particularily lacking the smoked flavor. The beans that came with the meal tasted exactly like heinz beans out of a can (Not accusing anyone.... just comparing). As for the sauce it is not my preference but I appreciate that it is something different. My wife just got a couple sides (due to the fact that she is a semi vegetarian) and did not like her food.
Because I dont like to write off a place after one visit I went back with my buddy a month later. For the record the person serving me this time was better. I got the pork ribs and again I was not impressed. They were "falling off the bone" but the meat again lacked the smokey flavor or any flavor for that matter and again were kind of watery. My friend and I left disatisfied with nothing to show but a lighter wallet and a vow to not return to this BBQ restarurant. I love BBQ and I really wish this place lived up to its "award winning" reputation but I will have to wait for quality BBQ in St. Johns.
Great Pork ribs – We had a grad party to go to on friday and no time to really make anything, I looked up BBQ on thre net and I found Big Kahuna's BBQ, I called up and asked if I could oreder 5 racks of ribs to go and the gal on the phone said sure when do you want them, I said 5pm no problem she said. when I picked up the ribs they were hot and ready to eat. I asked for the sauce on the side and I ordered the spicy and mild. boy, were they the best ribs I have ever had, sad thing is I sould of kept a rack for my self for later, as they were the first thing to go at the table. Thanks Big Kahuna I told them I BBQed them my self you made my the hit of the party. We will be back to try the rest of your BBQ.
Best Pulled pork I have ever had – I stoped in for lunch today to see what the hub bub was all about, a buddy of mine told me the pork sandwich was the real thing! so I gave it a try, and boy he was right! the pork was so tender and juicy and since I love bbq sauce I tried Big kahuna's spicy BBQ sauce and it hit the mark with a bulls eye. his mango slaw was so fresh and crisp sweet and tangy and no mayo. I also tried his beans and it was good too! big portions, I will be back! Just a sugestion call ahead he is pack at lunch I will use his drive- up window next time. Just my two cents.
Our catering was the best! – Great Job Big Kahuna! we had Big Kahuna cater our birthday party of 150 people and it was great! the ribs were falling off the bone, the chicken tender and juicy and the mango cole slaw was so fresh. we also were at the beer and wine fest. our food was hot and the beer's were running cold you did a great job Kahuna! hope your there next year! keep up the good work.
May be a nice restaurant, lowsy catering. – I tried the Big Kahuna combo plate at the Spring Brew and Wine Festival. All of the food was barely above room temperature. The food tasted fine, but nothing very exciting. I would choose Nohos before Big Kahuna.
Kaula Pig, BBQ at it's best! – I had the one meat plate I ordered the kalua pig, it is so tender and juicy it melted in my mouth. WOW! Great BBQ. the place is clean the prices are good. I will be back. it's nice to see the sauce can come on the side. the spicy BBQ is great. like I said I will be back!
Big Kahuna has somthing new on his menu and it's the bomb! – I stoped into Big kahuna's today to have lunch, the new hawaiian gal there gave me a taste of the new simin noodle soup there going to have with her inhouse made kimchee, Let me tell you what! It's the BOMB! and some of his price's are going down. he said he's very busy! and hope to open more location here soon! I knew this place would do well! good luck Big Kahuna! I'l be back for some of that Good BBQ and great soup with kimchee!
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – Casual eatery specializes in slow-roasted Island barbecue cooked on real wood for lunch and early dinner; on- and off-site catering available.
Best Iland BBQ In Portland – We had the pork it was so tender and jucy, the chicken was great! the beef also tender and juicy. this place has big portions, fresh, fast, and great value. The ribs are out of this world. Big Kahuna does it right! they offer you Spicy, mild, sweet chili or teriyaki sauce on or on the side, as many of us true BBQ lovers like it dry, there are time I like sauce on it. Big Kahuna! I and my friends will be back and we will let everyone know you are the BIG KAHUNA of BBQ.
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