Restaurant name: Double B’s BBQ
Restaurant address: 7420 W Greenfield Ave, West Allis, WI 53214
Phone number of restaurant: (414) 257-9150
Cuisine type: Burgers and barbeque
Price per entrée: $17-$25
Reservations: Yes, for parties of 6 or more
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Best Barbeque in the Greater Milwaukee Area
At five feet five inches tall and 105 pounds, I am most often described as a petite woman. But don’t let my small stature fool you: I’m a girl who knows how to eat. On Saturday, Dec. 2, I ate the best barbeque I’ve ever had in my short 21 years of age (don’t tell my dad) at a small barbeque joint in West Allis, Wisconsin called Double B’s BBQ.
Double B’s has been open since December of 2012, and is a family owned and operated restaurant. Mark and Judy Timber own the cozy barbeque joint, and have been in the restaurant industry for most of their lives. Mark has been a pit master for roughly 40 years, and has been perfecting his techniques and recipes ever since. He cooks up his masterpieces in what he calls the “zen den” in the basement of the restaurant, and his creations will definitely give you the meat sweats followed by a food coma. Don’t worry, these are normal side effects of good barbeque.
While there are other barbeque restaurants in Milwaukee, they don’t have the homey atmosphere that Double B’s does. Judy takes pride in decorating the restaurant (Mark helps too, bringing fresh flowers for the tables), as well as the patio during the warmer months. They even have a small herb garden across from the smokers on the patio (tours of the smokers and patio are graciously welcomed). Retro tin signs and Wisconsin beer, wine, and liqueur ads line the worn barn wood walls to complete the southern, country style décor.
A friend and I went to Double B’s for lunch around noon, and had Jenn as our waitress. Her service was impeccable. Our drinks were always full, food arrived promptly, and she answered all of our questions with expertise and detail. She was attentive but never overbearing. While there were other employees on the floor, Jenn was the main server. Although it was a busy lunch shift (the restaurant was packed), she breezed through the dining room with ease.
We ordered the Bacon Balls ($7) and the Timber Logs ($7) for appetizers. Jenn explained that the Bacon Balls are homemade, smoked meatballs that are stuffed with bacon, wrapped in bacon, and then flash fried, served with a side of blue cheese dressing and sweet Thai chili sauce. The Timber Logs are cold-smoked mozzarella sticks, wrapped in a spring roll wrap, flash fried, and served with a side of homemade tomato marmalade. But neither of these descriptions could prepare us for the magic that our taste buds experienced. The tomato marmalade is to die for.
For my entrée, I ordered the Rib and Meat Combo Platter ($24), with a half rack of baby back ribs as my choice of ribs, brisket burnt ends as my other choice of meat, and smokehouse beans as my choice of side. Cornbread with honey butter and creamy coleslaw also came with it (they come with all of the entrées). The ribs were so perfectly seasoned that I didn’t even use any of their four house-made barbeque sauces. I can only describe the burnt ends (the cap of the brisket, double smoked, marinated in a home-made sweet and mild barbeque sauce called Kansas City, and topped with Frenches Onion Strings) as melt-in-your-mouth, meat candy. The smokehouse beans (which had been smoked under the pork-butts for 14 hours in the smoker), definitely took the cake though. Considering that I don’t like pork and beans (but trusted Jenn’s advice), it is a side that I would order again and again. The meal was well worth the price, as I ended up taking most of it home and enjoying it again as leftovers.
Overall, I had an amazing experience dining at Double B’s BBQ. The atmosphere, the service, and the food were all exquisite. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for the best barbeque in the Greater Milwaukee area, and if you don’t believe me, they have awards to prove it. Or just stop in and try it for yourself.