We are talking to Sara, the publicist for Fat Jack’s BBQ. Although Fat Jacks BBQ has multiple locations, it has humble beginnings and we wanted to learn a little more about that. Here’s what Sara had to say:
FE: Tell me a little about the Fat Jack’s BBQ restaurant group.
Sara: Fat Jacks BBQ is a QSR (quick service restaurant) started in 1993 by Pitmaster Glenn Gross. Fat Jacks had modest beginnings; Glenn always as a child had to man the BBQ. The first location opened in 1993 in Vineland, New Jersey. After some trials and tribulations he divested and regrouped to what is Fat Jacks today. Although the business has grown, you can still find Glenn behind the grill on most days, and is active building the locations along with keeping quality tight in each of the stores. The focus is a friendly family atmosphere that provides down home good old smoked brisket, fall of the bone ribs that you can smell before you even pull into the parking lot of any of the 5 locations.
FE: Are there any awards that you have received that you are particularly proud of?
Sara: Over the years Glenn has competed and won over 400 trophies at various BBQ competitions. In 2013 they came in 3rd at the World Food Championships held in Las Vegas, for the Ultimate Memphis Mauler which is on our menus and remains a favorite.
FE: Is there a philosophy the restaurant adheres to, something that everyone strives for?
Sara: The philosophy is to always serve quality products in each and everyone of our locations along with friendly knowledgeable employees.
FE: What is your most popular dish?
Sara: People can’t pick just one. Our Texas Beef Brisket is a favorite, which is flavored with the right combination of rubs, spices and sauces, and is cooked over real Tennessee hickory wood for up to 18 hours! The Notorious P.I.G. Sam’ich, Texas Twister, and Memphis Mauler aren’t far behind.
FE: What makes you stand out above the rest?
Sara: Glenn demands a superior product. If it is not up to his standards, it won’t go out.
FE: Does Fat Jack’s run deals I must absolutely take advantage of when I visit?
Sara: Every $1 you spend before tax you get a point. Once you get to 100 points you get a free samich (up to $8) Mondays and Tuesdays you get DOUBLE points. Enter your code/claim ID from your receipt after your done signing up to start earning points!
About Fat Jack’s BBQ
Dining Style: Quick Service
Cuisine Type: Down Home BBQ
Hours of Operation: They vary by location
Dress Code: Casual
Price Range: $2.79 for a side up to $165.99 for packages
Payment options: All major credit cards
Fat Jack’s Locations
10090 Roosevelt Blvd. Philadelphia, Pa. 19116
Phone Number: (215) 613-7091
8120 Old York Road Elkins Park, Pa. 19027
Phone Number: (215) 885-8600
6391 Oxford and Levick, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111
Phone Number: (215) 552-2990
344 Elmira Road, Ithaca, NY. 14850
Phone Number: (607) 319-0920
234 Tompkins Street Cortland, Pa. 13045
Phone Number: (607) 344-3777
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