We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Big John's Alabama BBQ

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
5707 N 40th St, Tampa, FL 33610-3859
+1 813-626-9800
10:00 - 21:00
Closed now
See all hours
Mon - Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 23:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

59 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 59: English reviews
Grayson, Georgia
Level Contributor
139 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Maybe with my first visit, I felt as though I should have known the system without it been told where to order. There are no signs that indicate where to have your order taken or where to pay. After I stood for awhile, another customer told me where to place an order. Upon placing my order, (1/2 slab of ribs)... More 

Thank Wrightwaytotravel
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Whenever we visit Tampa, we go out of the way to visit Big John's. Everything is great. Slow smoked meats and homestyle sides. The staff is generous with the portions and are very welcoming. We've eaten at many many bbq joints across the country and this one tops them all. Love this place!

Thank Catrina S
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

The food is the absolute best all around Bar B Que in town. Im from around the area and have never as much or had better. Everything is perfectly flavored. Meats are tender where you want it and crispy where you want it. All the sides delicious. I love their baked beans. Everyone is as nice as can be. Only... More 

Thank JacqueMike
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
141 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Have eaten here several times over the years. Used to be a hole in the wall but has rebuilt and quite a nice restaurant now but I liked the character of the old one. There needs to be more light in the place. I always get the chopped pork sandwich. Enough meat to bring home and make another sandwich. I... More 

Thank William C
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Absolutely great!!! Superb food and a really awesome encounter with the staff/family. I strongly recomend this restaurant. / The couple from Sweden

Thank Mikael K
Level Contributor
97 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Both of us ordered the pork/beef sandwich one had macaroni as a side and the other collards.. Really, really good. We were looking for BBQ and luckily found this little spot. I recommend it.

Thank amkvb
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
94 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

A recent visit, sampled the ribs and chicken platter. Good flavor, nor overly smoky, but no smoke ring either. The staff is friendly. The sauce was not a true BBQ, but rather a peppery / hot sauce flavor. The mac and cheese side is the best option for a side. The ribs were a bit overdone. Took an hour to... More 

Thank bbqisme
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

I love this place, the food is very good. Not a fast food place so be ready to wait for your order and it gets crowded, but it is soooooo worth the wait

Thank Sr9218
Sun City Center, Florida
Level Contributor
275 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

went with my wife and another couple. the other lady was not too keen on BBQ. while eating , she could not stop raving about how this was the best BBQ she had ever eaten. (ribs, chopped pork,mac and cheese). self service, no tipping, reasonable prices.

Thank ninetyninevette
Seminole, Florida
Level Contributor
87 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

I stopped by Big John's on a Sunday afternoon because I had a bad experience in Winter Haven on my way home. Being hungry and tired I quickly stopped and to get my Sunday dinner before going home. I ordered mac and cheese, turkey wings, greens and rice and that wonderful tea. The place was busy for that time on... More 

Thank Bettye J

Travellers who viewed Big John's Alabama BBQ also viewed


Been to Big John's Alabama BBQ? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$6
American, Barbecue, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5707 N 40th St, Tampa, FL 33610-3859
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-626-9800

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Big John's Alabama BBQ and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Tampa, Florida
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Big John's Alabama BBQ staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?