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What You'll Get
Barbecuing, like painting, usually entails the use of a brush, a master's touch, and the building anticipation to eat your finished product. Enjoy saucy masterworks with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of barbecue fare at Bubba’s Q in Avon.
Awarded Best Ribs and Best Barbecue Restaurant for the four consecutive years by Cleveland Magazine, Bubba’s Q slings a hearty menu of barbecue ribs by the rack or half slab alongside a bevy of homestyle sides. Patrons can cure spoon hypothermia with a cauldron of Bubba’s world-famous chili, available a cup ($3.99) or a bowl ($4.99). Grab onto a steaming order of onion petals ($4.99) before defying the metric system by opting for a half-pound Jim Brown’s burger ($7.99). Bubba’s Q holds the U.S. patent on original de-boned barbecue ribs, slow smoked with Ohio-grown apple wood, available in half slab ($17.99) or full ($29.99) varieties with a choice of two savory sides. Green beans, mac ‘n’ cheese, and homemade coleslaw are all available as à la carte items ($1.99+), but they can be ordered together to create a patchwork quilt of sides.
Bubba’s Q’s eating arena dons red-shingled awnings over hardwood floors and walls freckled with football jerseys, pennant flags, and commemorative photos of athlete helmet hair. An outdoor stone fireplace warms the wood-slatted patio, protecting barbecue enthusiasts from rain and the outside world from unforeseen sauce splatter. Bubba’s Q also boasts Thursday night live blues music and has proudly shared in its success by contributing charitably with the community.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 15, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Not valid toward the purchase of alcohol. Must purchase 1 food item. Dine-in only. Valid only Tues.-Fri. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Bubba’s Q
Al "Bubba" Baker is no stranger to awards. The former NFL lineman went to three pro bowls during his career and was named 1978's Defensive Rookie of the Year. Upon his retirement from the field, Bubba yearned for a return to his southern roots, and so he and his wife Sabrina decided to open a barbecue restaurant using secret family recipes stemming all the way back to the 1950s. Those time-honored techniques include marinating dry-rubbed pork, brisket, and ribs overnight, and then slow-smoking them for hours over smoldering piles of Ohio-grown applewood. It's a painstaking process, but it pays—today, Bubba's trophy case is filled with myriad awards for his succulent cuisine, including four Silver Spoon recognitions from Cleveland Magazine for Best Ribs and Best Barbecue Restaurant—and has even made an appearance on the local ABC affiliate to talk about his appearance on Shark Tank.
Bubba Q's debones their baby back ribs through a patented process that leaves them easily mastered with a knife and fork. Southern fried chicken owes its own crispy exterior to a secret batter invented by Bubba's momma, Ernestine. The kitchen also ladles its famous pulled meats onto baskets of fries and on sandwiches to create easy handheld eats, which may be enjoyed in the sports-themed dining room or out on the covered patio, where an inset fireplace keeps things warm and cozy in true down-homestyle.