It’s 7 am – time for pulled pork. And ribs. And chicken. Make some fresh sauce. And don’t forget the sides.
It’s only a few hours until the lunch rush starts at Big Dzz House BBQ, and owner A’Delbert Cobbin is in the kitchen sweating.
For nearly a decade, Cobbin, who is originally from Firestone Park, has been providing the Akron area with his homemade BBQ and southern cuisine from a food truck. Now, Big Dzz has found a home in Tallmadge at 284 West Ave.
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“I never stopped wanting to pursue my dream, which is cooking for other people,” he said. “I love it. I can stand in a kitchen all day and it doesn’t bother me.”
Growing up, he watched his family cook feasts from scratch, and in high school his interest to cook professionally sparked. By time he turned 16, Cobbin was working in a kitchen.
Cobbin opened the brick-and-mortar drive-thru for Big Dzz on April 25 after seeing the building empty for months.
“I’ve rolled along this street for a long time and this place just fell in my lap,” he said. “Two months ago, I was riding up West Avenue again and I saw the ‘For Rent’ sign. I called and said I’m ready to move forward.”
He said his food truck will still be used and he is continuing catering, but he is looking for more help to join his one-person business
Cobbin, who is a single parent of five with eight grandchildren, does everything himself – from cooking and cleaning to taking orders. But he said his kids help out when he really needs it.
The one thing he loves more than cooking is his family. He said his grandmother is his biggest influence in the kitchen.
“My parents and Granny were from Mississippi. She taught me that when you cook, you better cook enough for everyone,” he said. “I used to ask her why she is cooking so much and she would say, ‘You never know who is going to stop by’ but you better be sure you’ve got enough. If you’re coming over, you’re going to eat. “
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Cobbin said his father owned a business and taught him everything about how to run Big Dzz. While admiring his menu, he said he hopes his grandmother and parents are proud.
“I took everything they’ve taught me about cooking and business, and I’m trying to master it,” he said. “I wish my dad was here, he would be so proud.”
Some of the more popular items on the Big Dzz menu are The Big D Burger; the pulled pork sandwich; and the chicken and waffles sandwich. Cobbin said he tries to introduce new items to the menu and offers specials every day to add variety.
“I can cook it all,” he said. “Someone asked if I could do cabbage and noodles once. I made it for a festival in Brimfield and it was the first thing to sell out.”
Cobbin said his favorite menu item and the one that means the most to him are the ribs, which he smokes himself.
“There’s a difference between grilling and smoking,” he said. “Smoking gives you that deep smoked flavor. But I also make my own BBQ sauce. I might be biased but I think it’s to die for.”
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In the future, Cobbin hopes to make Big Dzz a sit-down restaurant for more people to enjoy his cooking. He said also he is working on bottling his homemade Big Dzz sauce.
‘My motto is’ Everything is big.’ You’re going to get fresh food and a lot of it, “he said. “I’m going to have your food cooking while I’m taking the next customer’s order.”
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Big Dzz House BBQ
Owner: A’Delbert Cobbin
Address: 284 West Ave, Tallmadge
Phone number: 330-942-0229
Email: [email protected]
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