Big Jake’s Bar-B-Que owner, Matthew Palmer, began working in BBQ at the age of 16 while still in high school. Since then he's worked with the best pit masters in East Texas learning everything from seasoning, cutting, catering, and cleaning the BBQ pits.

Through hard work and dedication, he purchased his first location at the age of 21, and the Big Jake’s BBQ brand was born. The first Big Jake’s BBQ was located on Hwy 82 in a renovated old Dairy Queen building. The overwhelming.. demand from our customers for additional locations prompted the opening of Big Jake’s second store on Arkansas Blvd, followed by a third in Hope, Arkansas and the fourth store in Ashdown, Arkansas. In 2012 we opened our fifth location at Richmond Road in Texarkana.

Through the years Big Jake's has become a BBQ cult favorite delighting the taste buds of BBQ lovers from all over Ark-La-Tex.

Whether you dine in at one of our 5 locations, or hire Big Jake’s BBQ to cater one of your events, you can expect to be served by none other than the best in the business.


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