Tim’s Bar-B-Q 熏烤房
kitchen closed by 11:00
No 7 Building C, Poly Centre, No. 1 JinXiu Road, Wuhou District
Tim’s Barbecue has landed in Chengdu from Texas via Beijing, where it’s been a popular destination for ten years. Their smoker produces sausage, pork ribs, brisket, and chicken, all which can be ordered as plates or combinations with a few sides; the sides salads and beans when we dropped in but their cornbread was not yet on the menu. That menu is pretty extensive for a small place, also offering a decent selection of Tex-Mex with burritos, chalupas, quesadillas, tacos, nachos, and fajitas. Other Western favourites such as pizza, burgers sided with hand-cut fries, and salads round out the menu. Tim’s also serves up an all day American style breakfast with pancakes, eggs, or breakfast tacos stuffed with the smoked meat.
On our first visit we checked out the brisket, which was very well smoked and tender. It’s served lean by default; guests who prefer fattier pieces should ask for them. The ribs are even better, enormous and a treat to pick up and eat caveman style. With staff still getting their bearings, other dishes have been uneven but the meat has always been great. Johnny Cash and country favourites were on the soundtrack when we dropped in.
Manager Maggie Cheng, who worked at the Beijing store for several years, helms a staff with a surprisingly local level of ‘reqing’, or warmth, and it’s easy to feel at home and taken care of at Tim’s. They do several specials throughout the week such as the half price steak on Sundays, Tuesdays Tex-Mex night, and 38 RMB nachos on Wednesdays. Plans are also in the works for smoked turkey for American Thanksgiving in November. Barbecue plates are around 100 RMB each; other dishes are around the 50 RMB mark; cocktails are also mostly under 50 RMB.