BJ’s Restaurant + Big Poppa Smokers BBQ = Date Night! #BJsRestaurants #PMedia

by Carrie with Children with 12 comments

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and BJ’s Restaurants  but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BJsrestaurants

Date nights are a luxury around here and when we have a night off we usually like to go somewhere new.  With a new opening a few months ago here in Jacksonville, we decided to give it a try and check out the new Big Poppa’s BBQ specialty menu.  (Did I mention that they also brew their own beer?!)

BJ's Restaurant Brewhouse Beer

As soon as we got to the restaurant, we were seated in a perfect spot – close enough to see our beloved SportsCenter on one of the many televisions in the restaurant, but cozy enough to enjoy a night out between the two of us.

As soon as we saw the menu, we knew right away we had to try the Corn Fritters with Bacon Aioli.  The four fritters were perfect for sharing, although I was hesitant to share – they were *that* good.  The bacon aioli was fantastic, I just wish there was more on the plate – I could have sopped it up with some bread!

BJ's Restaurant Brewhouse Corn Fritters Appetizers

When it came to decided on the main course, we couldn’t make up our mind whether to have chicken or ribs – so we compromised and ordered one of each and split them. The Pecan Wood-smoked Barbecue Half Chicken was a hearty portion and together with the Jallelujah seasoned jalapeno salt French fries – it was a perfect pairing.  The fries had a great extra kick of flavor to them, I chose to cool them off with some Ranch.

BJ's Restaurants Big Poppa Smokers BBQ Chicken

 The Baby Back Pork Ribs were literally fall of the bone delicious!  Also, a hearty portion the ribs were meaty and we opted for the tasty potato salad on the side.  Another perfect combination…. just make sure you ask for extra napkins.  In true ribs fashion, you may get a little messy, but that’s a good thing!  Promise!

BJ's Restaurant Big Poppa Smokers Ribs

It’s easy to see why the team won the 2012 American Royal Invitational – their barbecue and sauces make for a fantastic combo.

We’ll definitely be returning to before this specialty menu disappears on September 2nd.  Next time, I’m trying the barbecue pulled pork sandwich and the summer berry cobbler!

BJ's Restaurant Exterior

All About BJ’s Restaurant and Big Poppa Smokers

Check out the to find one in your area.  Also visit the BJ’s Restaurant Facebook page for specials and follow along on Twitter at .

Also, don’t miss stopping by the – they have a huge selection of grilling products and great recipes too.

Don’t forget that the Big Poppa Smokers specialty BBQ menu is only available until September 2nd – so be sure to visit soon!


This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and BJ’s Restaurants  but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BJsrestaurants


  • Laurie @ Gallamore West

    YUM!! Aren’t those corn fritters amazing?! Yay for date nights!

  • Chelsea Day

    Wow those ribs look amazing and the restaurant sounds really nice. I just wish we had one near us. Thanks for sharing.

    • Carrie with Children

      They were really great ribs, we enjoyed our night out!

  • Nicole

    That meal looks so delicious! I would especially love to try their corn fritters. I’ll have to see if that restaurant is somewhere near me. My husband loves to eat ribs when we go out.

    • Carrie with Children

      Ah, those corn fritters were so great! Next time we go, I’m not sharing!

  • Amber Edwards

    Now that is a place I’d love to take the husband for a date night! That food looks absolutely amazing!! I’m drooling over your pictures. Yum!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks for reading, Amber! We had a fun night out

  • Jeannette

    We don’t have BJ’s around here but man, that food is drool worthy! It looks so good!

    • Carrie with Children

      Boo – I wish you had close to you, it’s a great date night spot! Thanks for reading, Jeannette!

  • Roechelle

    I have never been to BJ’s, the food looks very good though

    • Carrie with Children

      If there’s one in your area, you should give it a try. We really enjoyed it!

  • Lyuba@willcookforsmiles

    I bet the staff at this restaurant was pretty weirded out by two different people coming in and taking pictures of their food 🙂 I have a feeling we are the the same BJs!
    I’ll have to go back and try the corn fritters because they look delish!