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Big Jim's Bar-B-Que has been Central Virginia's favorite catering service since 1981. Our delicious barbecue, mouthwatering sides and cookies have left a long lasting culinary impression in and around Charlottesville. We offer both catering and carry-out service. We are located at 202 10th Street NW in historic downtown Charlottesville, just blocks away from the University of Virginia, UVA Medical Center and the Downtown Mall.
Big Jim's offers BBQ by the pound as well baked and fried chicken along a plethora of delicious sides including homemade smoked wings, potato salad, hushpuppies, baked beans, macaroni & cheese, and fresh baked cookies. Big Jim's Bar-B-Que was founded in 1981 by Jim and Patricia Hope. For three decades, the city of Charlottesville, Albemarle and all surrounding counties made Big Jim's BBQ a household name. After Patricia "Mrs. Big Jim" Hope passed away, the future of the Big Jim's BBQ company she'd built with her late husband was in question. In late 2013, “Red” and “Hub”, two friends who call Charlottesville home, teamed up to give Big Jim’s a fresh start. We seized the opportunity to buy Big Jim’s, the Charlottesville institution, because when you come from here you don’t pass that up. We re-started this company as a tribute to our community, family and traditions.
Our recipes are new and our menu is expanded from the original Big Jim’s recipes, but our loyalty to this community remains.