Bone Daddy’s BBQ

14 03 2009
  • 3216 Bay City Road
  • Midland, MI 48642
  • (989) 496-2266
  • Website (disabled)
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Bone Daddy BBQ on Bay City Road in Midland

Bone Daddy BBQ on Bay City Road in Midland

Last year, I saw a story in the LSJ about a BBQ place in Midland that won a rib cook off in Las Vegas.  I told J then that we needed to find an excuse to go to Midland.  I always thought the excuse would be a baseball game.  Turns out, the excuse was butterflies.

J’s parents were in town and both J and her mom wanted to see the butterfly exhibit at Dow Gardens.  They had been to similar exhibits in Chicago and thought this would be a neat way to spend a Saturday afternoon together.  I didn’t object because it means we had our excuse to go to Midland.

Bone Daddy BBQ is on the corner of Bay City Road and Waldo Road in Midland.  We took a wrong turn off the highway because my GPS showed an address both in the city of Midland and the adjoining township (that, for postal reasons, has a Midland address) and I chose the wrong one.  It was only a mile out of the way.  I turned around and headed two miles in the opposite direction and we found our destination on the left.

There’s not much of a parking lot in front of the building and what few spaces there are are taken up by Bone Daddy’s trucks.  I drove around the building and weaved in between the two giant smokers to find another parking lot behind the catering business. 

Once inside, you order at the counter then they bring you your food.  There are menus in bins on the wall as well as paper menus and a menu board above the counter.  The place was pretty packed.  There are two dining areas in the small building.  Each has maybe a half a dozen tables or so.  There was a kids birthday party in one room, so I grabbed a table in the other room while J and her mom put in our orders.

The decor is very unique.  It’s a cross between World War 2 memorabilia and rib cook off trophies and ribbons.  The wall behind us was plastered with newspaper clippings from all over the country.  All featured Bone Daddy at one competition or another including the Naperville (IL) Rib Fest which is a big deal in Chicagoland. 

All four of us ordered the pulled pork sandwich which comes with one side.  We all chose different sides.  I went with the seasoned fries.  J got the baked beans.  J’s mom got bleu cheese cole slaw, and J’s step-dad got mustard potato salad.  We all pretty much agreed that the pulled pork was good.  The sandwich came with smoked pork that had been soaked in BBQ sauce on a sesame seed bun.  I was a little disappointed by the bun and the pulled pork was just alright.  I would put right outside my top five. 

Bone Daddy BBQ...A Bone-A-Fide Rib Joint

Bone Daddy BBQ...A Bone-A-Fide Rib Joint

The BBQ sauce was a different story.  There was a bottle of their award winning sauce on each table and that was freakin delicious.  Definitely in my top two and if it comes in number two, it wouldn’t be by a whole lot.  I really could have picked the bottle up and drank from it.  It was so good I was even dipping my fries it.  I was actually hoping that some meat would fall off my bun so I could drench it in the sauce and eat it with a fork.  I’m not sure what kind of sauce they soaked the meat in before serving it, but it was the sweet, thick sauce that was on the tables.  As another option, they also had a bottle of their house made hot sauce.  It was really hot and good, but I was too busy with the BBQ sauce to give the hot sauce much of a chance.

As for the sides, I think we were all in agreement that what we had was really good.  My fries weren’t much more than out of the bag fries, but they had a really good, spicy seasoning on them.  J’s baked beans had a distinct smokey taste and she called them the best baked beans she had at a BBQ joint ever.  Both of J’s parents liked their respective sides.  J’s mom said the bleu cheese cole slaw was unique and a great idea.

After lunch, J’s mom went back to the counter for dessert where they had mini sweet potato and pecan pies.  She got a sweet potato and shared it with J.  It was the perfect portion and they both said it was good.

Bone Daddy was delicious.  Sometimes I wish I would just order ribs at a restaurant, but it’s really not my favorite thing to do.  I’m not a sides person and that’s the only way to get a full meal when eating ribs.  I love pulled pork, but Bone Daddy is known nationwide for their ribs.  The pulled pork was good, but didn’t stand out.  The sauce was amazing. 

I’m glad we made the trip.  Our bill for the four sandwiches was just under $40.  Bone Daddy is an oasis in a state that isn’t really known for it’s BBQ.   I would highly recommend checking out a ball game and hitting up Bone Daddy for a pregame meal.  It will be worth your time.

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14 responses

16 03 2009
Ang

I started to laugh when I saw you had been to Bone Daddy’s this weekend. My fiance and I had every plan to go there this weekend because we had heard it was so tasty. The winter cold hit our house on Friday and we missed our road trip. Glad to here you enjoyed it, so another weekend we can go!

16 03 2009
Mid-Michigan Dining

If you’re a rib fan, I would probably go with that. I am kind of a pulled pork snob, so don’t shy away from that either just becuase it wasn’t my favorite…it was still really good.

22 03 2009
Dan

Ate at Bone Daddy’s Saturday based on your review.
I had the sampler platter and ended up leaving quite a bit of sausage and pulled pork on the plate. Not that it wasn’t good. There was just too much there!
Pulled pork was a bit sweet for my taste — didn’t stop me from eating too much.
Found I didn’t really care for the blue cheese cole slaw but then I like cole slaw tangy.
My wife declared the pulled pork the best she’s ever eaten.
All in all, I wish Bone Daddy’s was a lot closer.
Thanks for the recommendation.

22 03 2009
Mid-Michigan Dining

Glad I could help. I like the really sweet BBQ sauce which is why I loved Bone Daddy’s sauce. I thought the pork the way it came wasn’t sweet enough, but it had too much sauce to just enjoy the smokey flavor of the pork. I’m an all or nothing guy. I either want it naked or swimming in sauce.

23 04 2009
DiverDennis

The food here is unreal. Lip smackin, finger lickin good. It is sooo good it will make you want to slap your trunk monkey.
The ribs are awesome, the pork and turkey is great. Smoked baked beans, blue cheese cole slaw, corn muffins…wow.
We talked with Bill Wall (owner) about his victory at the National BBQ Championship in Nevada. Very nice man. He gave us a bottle of Bone Daddy’s sauce and a pulled pork dinner to go. He is gonna send us a T-shirt when the new ones arrive.
We will be going back to Bone Daddy’s for the best damn ribs we’ve ever had.
Dennis & Beth
Dewitt, MI

18 06 2009
Ang

We are finally going tomorrow to Bone Daddy’s and I keep reading your post and craving it even more. I will let you know what we think!

25 06 2009
Ang

We loved it! The ribs were amazing! I agree with you the pulled pork was alright, but the sauce was one of the best I have ever had. We stocked up for our house until our next visit!

11 05 2010
Julia

the food is very inconsistent with flavors and portion size.

8 09 2010
julie

Bone Daddy’s just won first place again at the Best in the West rib cookoff, 2010 first place, best ribs, and peoples choice!!!!!!!!! that speaks volume!!!!!!!! you know you have great product when you take this place!!!!

28 12 2010
Huong

I went to Reno/Sparks for the rib cook off and I loved Bone Daddy. I regret I bought only one Bone Daddy BBQ sauce. Everyone…please help me to find out how I could order more sauce. I tried to call the restaurant’s number: 989 496 2266 but nobody answered me. Are they still in business?

21 01 2011
Chris Anschutz

Yes they are still in business….they just may have been busy. They do have an answering machine…just let the phone ring. Great people!!! Don’t give up. LOVE THEIR FOOD!!!!! YUMMY!!

12 11 2012
Tom

Too bad the owner is a giant dick!

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