My Former Food Filled Life

I was the business half of Bigmista's. My husband and I owned and operated a successful and popular food business. Our success landed my husband on season 2 of Barbecue Pitmaster, The Ultimate BBQ Showdown and a national commercial for Arby's.


We were both on The Great Food Truck Race, Man Fire Food and multiple segments of Good Day LA. Jonathan Gold's 99 Things To Eat Before You Die list was just one of the many we were featured on.

We catered for Kate Hudson, Morena Baccarin and Sofia Coppola. We catered for the sets of The Office, The Exes, Dexter and something else I can't remember.

Does this sound like a million dollar brand to you?

WAIT! Did you forget your keys?

10 Keys To Leaving A Mark

Long Beach's Famed Bigmista's Barbecue Set to Close up Shop

Shortly after it was announced they were closing up their vastly underrated breakfast joint, Neil and Phyllis Strawder have announced that they will also be closing up their flagship endeavor, Bigmista's Barbecue 

Watch Bigmista’s Owner Phyllis Strawder Thank a Yelper for Her One Star Review

Neil Strawder and his wife spent years hustling farmers markets, barbecue competitions, and TV appearances to get to where they are now, with a successful restaurant life down in Long Beach — and 

Long Beah Lunch: Bigmista's Barbecue & Sammich Shop + Bigmista's Morning Wood

Breakfast tacos, schmreakfast tacos. Why isn’t anyone talking about the other side of Texas breakfast? The one that makes me long for mushy sweet potatoes and shredded brisket hash slathered in rich maroon 

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We Ate $7 Vs. $68 American BBQ Ribs To See Which Was Worth The Price

The rules? Try three different BBQ ribs from three different restuarants at low, medium, and high price points to find out which one was the most Worth It!

The first BBQ joint was Bigmista's Barbecue   

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