We make food fun. Our rustic cooking techniques such as open fire grilling bring out all of the delicious natural flavors of our signature meats. Our mouthwatering barbecue items feature our world-famous Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce, created by our founder, Dave Raymond, and delicious rubs from our exclusive Duce’s Wild collection. But that’s not all! All of our menus include fresh salads, savory sides, and delectable desserts.
We used SBRs for my wedding this past Saturday. They did an absolute amazing job, and that started with the planning, which Claire made stress free and a breeze. The event director and all of the staff were awesome the day of! They wouldn’t let any of us lift a finger. They were on top of everything and went over above and beyond. I would not have changed a thing! The food was amazing! My guests couldn’t get over how great it all was, and I’m sure they’ll be talking about it for years to come! They made my day absolutelyperfect and I’m so glad I definitely made the right choice for catering my backyard wedding!Thanks guys!!❤️ More...
We used Sweet Baby Ray's Catering for our wedding and it was an absolute hit! People are still talking about how good the food was!I had the pleasure of working with Lauren Winkler of SBR and she was absolutely amazing. She made everything easy as far as planning and helping us decide what to include for our wedding menu. She answered all of my questions promptly and even made some recommendations which worked out perfectly.We got the buffet which included the chicken, pulled pork, Mac & cheese, baked beans and vegetables. My mouth is still watering to this day. Everything was seasoned to perfection and the meat was so tender.I'd recommend SBR to anyone who's planning a wedding!Thank you, Lauren! More...
Very good food and very nice people every time I go
Great customer service! Their smoked meats, variety of sauce options and delicious sides can't be beat! They even had great BBQ vegetarian options!We used them for my sister's graduation and our family and friends are still raving about the food and the great staff that came out! They took care of it all! We would definitely recommend them! More...
We are still dreaming about the meatball appetizers and baked mac n cheese from our wedding! We worked with Meghann for about a year to create the perfect menu for our special day. She answered all of our emails (and there were a lot!) quickly and with great detail. They also worked with our budget so we didn't break the bank, but still got an incredible package. Sweet Baby Ray's set-up our entire wedding venue and made it look exactly as I envisioned. From the moment our guest's arrived, everyone was taken care of with such great care. As soon as I entered the venue a server came to bring me some water and see if I needed anything else. It was such a nice gesture as the day had already been a whirlwind. I would highly recommend booking Sweet Baby Rays for your special day. They will take amazing care of you from start to finish! More...
Tia Devine Adde
Great barbeque place. Food was delicious. A lot of food for the price. Cashier was very friendly. I'll definitely come back again.
Why try BBQ from anywhere else but the best aka Sweet Baby Ray's Catering !
Gina Dion Muhammad
Amazing job with our office happy hour Mardi Gras catering order! So happy with Sweet Baby Ray Catering would highly recommend for all occasions!
We have used SBR Catering 6 times now and counting. The food is absolutely terrific--on par with a 4-star restaurant. Truly. The service is great, and if you have not tried the corned beef, you are missing something special. We have had parties for 10 and up to 40--each and every guest was wowed by the food and presentation. Duce Raymond is the best. More...
This place is the bomb! Best BBQ ever!! WOW!
5 star all day
Shannon Lutz and team are absolutely phenomenal and the food is just as amazing. Using SBR and True Cuisine for ALL of our events moving forward.
Everything with Sweet Baby Ray's Catering and Lauren Winkler was absolutely amazing!! We could not have picked a better caterer for our Oct. 6, 2018 wedding in Chicago, IL. From the minute we sat at our first food tasting we knew they would stand out from all the rest. The price was exactly what we had hoped to find and the food was out of this world delicious. All of the hors d'oeuvres, salads, and entrees we tried were amazing. After the wedding everyone told us how amazing the food was and I would definitely like to use their services again in the future.We didn't have a wedding planner or day of coordinator so I was extremely stressed about everything looking perfect and Lauren and Kayla took care of everything and made sure it was even more beautiful than I had planned. They were extremely professional, timely, and helpful throughout the entire process. They did a great job of checking in on us throughout the night and I couldn't have been happier with how things turned out. More...
Sweet Baby Ray's catering was absolutely excellent for our son's wedding at the Grove Redfield estate. When rain necessitated a last minute change of plans, the caterers were on it immediately and created a beautiful experience for us despite the change to indoors from outdoors. Sandra put us at ease and made sure every detail was covered, down to setting up the cake and the unity candles. The food was absolutely delicious and plentiful, and we received many compliments on it. I especially recommend the smoked turkey, Mac and cheese, and cornbread muffins. If I could give them 10 stars I would! More...
Food and staff were great! Will return!
I love their smoked meats? Best sausage in town. The sauces are over-the-top good
Tommy Ashe Pressley
Everything is done just right, pulled pork, ribs, everything, sauce , fries, coleslaw too !
Jeff V. Durocher
Spectacular! Be sure to pair their award winning sauces with the right meats. Heck they're experts. Ask them! Yum with a capital Y
A national brand spewing quality, you cannot get any better than this!
My go to place for BBQ and picnics. Amazing Food, good people, great service
Loved my pork platter, green chile Mac n cheese, and banana dessert
Great food is what happens here
These guys have the flavors down
And some times you may see
sweet baby ray
Consistently great food and people! �
Employees treat you like family!!
Absolutely delicious! The staff was friendly & portions were well worth the price. I highly recommend & we will be back!
Thank you for the for great food and service guys! Easy booking with staff and booked a pulled pork package for 50 ppl and everyone loved the food. We have leftovers for days too!
Sweet Baby Ray's Bbq is amazing! The jambalaya special was an extra treat! The variety of meats and sauces takes your meal to new levels of "yum"!
Bianca Couto Porter
All meet platter is to die for....let the Alabama chicken fill u up. Yummy!
Food was AMAZING �. The service was quick and great � . Best food experience I ever had
I love the diversity of the menu, the daily specials, the random specials you'd never expect and all the people that make every visit memorable. Watch for and attend an array of special events. You just missed the ultimate behind the scenes competition class and the opportunity to hear stories from Sweet Baby Ray and his nephew Duce (a 4 yr. culinary chef) who shared how they prepare award winning chicken, ribs, pork butt and brisket. Everything from start to finish, complete with a KCBS judge in attendance, who shared his insight into what a judge looks for. Of course the best part was sampling all the delicious entries. Well done Chef! And Duce's assistant Tim shared even more stories and helpful tips. Look for "Duce's Wild" brand competition style sauces and rubs available at the restaurant. The staff will make you feel like you stopped by their home. Full service catering (from the bar to desserts) is right next door too. More...
Jacqui Marchese DiMarco
Great food and service!! Excellent sauces! Helpful planning. Thanks, Robert!
Excellent! Very good brisket spare ribs were dry and reheated!
Very Quick Service and the food is great ! Now I know I can stop there for a lunch break !
Our guests are still raving about how good the food at our wedding was. It is "fancy" BBQ and makes it feel like wedding food but is far better because it's BBQ and not just rubber chicken or a pasta station. We had a BBQ buffet of brisket, bone in Alabama chicken and Mac & cheese, green beans, potatoes and smokehouse salad. Everything was so freaking good! And they let you take home any leftovers! (My new in-laws were very pleased!)After signing our contract, we did have some difficulties getting in touch with our coordinator we were assigned to. Sometimes it would take several weeks to get a response which was a bit unprofessional. They are a smaller caterer but I still felt like after a month of waiting for an email, even after following up, that we were justified to be frustrated. After this happened a few times, I reached out to the other staff at SBRC and they immediately stepped up and made my husband and I feel better and that they did value our event & answered our questions. Going into our walk through, I was a bit nervous since our coordinator wasn't able to be there. But Rain and Helina made us feel at ease and that we were in good hands! They both knew so much about our venue and made great suggestions. On the day of, the staff was AMAZING! Every server and bartender was kind, quick, professional and on time. It blew us away. The food stands alone but the staff and the timing that we had established really made our wedding move which is what you need! I have to give 4 stars because of the frustrations leading up to the wedding but honestly, we are so glad we chose SBRC as our caterer. More...
SBR catered an apartment building grand opening event this past week, and they did a great job! Their staff was very happy to jump in and offer a helping hand whenever they saw that it was needed, and the were very timely, and easy to work with. Thank you, again!
Best food I've ever tasted.
Love the food ....great place to tell all your family and friends
Best food I've ever tasted.
We hired Sweet Baby Ray's for our wedding catering and the food was delicious! So many of our guests are still raving about the food, and how it was so nice to have non-standard wedding food. Mallory was very easy to work with, and was super responsive, especially as we got closer and closer to the day. She coordinated wonderfully with our planners, and was able to add coat racks in the last week when the weather turned. More...
My husband and I hired True Cuisine to cater our wedding and we could not be happier with our decision. Mallory was a pleasure to work with and made sure our day went perfectly! All of my questions/concerns were answered promptly and had no issues with communication or response times with her. Our guests loved their dinners and the desserts were delicious! The service during the actual wedding was great as well. I would absolutely hire them again! More...
We hired True Cuisine for our wedding and we were very happy. Not to say there weren't a few minor hiccups along the way, but they were so great on the day of the wedding that it more than makes up for it. Overall, communication with them was good and they were flexible with changes up to 2 days before the wedding. We worked with Lisa for the majority of the process and then on the wedding day Sue was the main person coordinating everything and she was fantastic. I left signs for her (dessert signs, cake stand) and she was on top of it. She was very pleasant and was very attentive to our needs! Everything was smooth and the food was very good! Sue made everything stress-free for us. I only wish they saved us a tray of the cocktail hour food because with the whirlwind of everything my husband and I didn't get to have much of it. At the end of the wedding, they packed up several large trays of food for us to take home which was a nice touch. Overall, very happy with the service provided and would hire them again. More...
Recently just had SBR was added to our company food catering the salad was amazing! Who would think, one of the best ever with of course SBR chicken on top
Had my first experience with this company today for a grand opening work event . I can't even explain in words how wonderful the food was and how impressive the presentation of each item. They were a pleasure to work with from start to finish . Absolutely delicious ! More...
Great service and food starting from booking my event!! It was delivered on time! All our guests loved the food, kept asking where we catered from and we have had leftovers for days!!
We hired True Cuisine & SBB C for our wedding in July, 2015. Incredible food, and was definitely the highlight. Good wait staff. Reasonable prices. The event coordinator I worked with was Alison S, and she was a pleasure to work with throughout the planning process. I met with her a few times in person, and she was super helpful and quick to respond. With that said, there were a few moments on the day the wedding of that might've shadowed the few months of planning before then. The day of our wedding, some of the details seemed to get left out. About 30 min the ceremony began, while we were taking pictures, she came to me pretty stressed about a detail I thought we'd already worked out (related to sodas/drinks). And, there were times were I felt like she was rushing me to get to the cake cutting. (I later learned that her plan was to leave after the cake cutting). Overall, though, very professional and the catering was very good! More...
It is not possible to give enough stars to True Cuisine! We just had the pleasure of using TC for our wedding on 11-13-15. Words cannot describe how wonderful they were! We worked with Alison Sousa throughout our planning and we couldn't have had someone better! She listened to everything we said and answered all of our questions until we were 100% comfortable with how things were going. Now for the food. When my husband and I were first looking for a caterer for our wedding, we said the food was priority #1. We had both been to countless weddings where the food was lackluster and poorly cooked. The food from True Cuisine was "the best food we have ever had at a wedding" by countless guests. We had 4 appetizers: coconut chicken bites, stuffed mushrooms, loaded potato cups and cornbread muffins topped with pulled pork. All of them were devoured! For dinner we started with the walnut, cranberry and Valencia orange salad. It had a touch of blue cheese in it as well. Perfect seasonal start to the meal. We chose Merlot braised brisket and chile lime seared tilapia as our entrées. Again, THE BEST food! Everything was perfectly cooked and very flavorful. We would HIGHLY recommend True Cusine to anyone looking for outstanding food and exceptional service! They truly made our day the best it could be. More...
I have had the pleasure of working with both Maria Collins (who has since left) and Alison Sousa as both an events manager and as a bride. Imagine the typical BBQ, but fancied up. No fancy cheese-on-a-cracker-with-a-fruit here, and if you are aiming for that type of food, please check somewhere else. True Cuisine has amazing meat, and my wedding focused on brisket, ribs, mac and cheese,a pyramid o' cheese, and all sorts of dainties that will probably end up with me dying in my 30's of heart failure (Duck quesadillas! Reuben egg rolls! CRAB CAKES!). Sure, there was one person complaining that we needed a salad, but, as Bart Simpson once said, 'You can't win friends with salad'. My guests could not stop raving about the food. How often does that happen at weddings? Alison was fantastic to work with, as she took consideration of all the things we wanted (Chicago-based beer options, keeping food out, etc) and went with it. Her catering crew also did a fantastic job of decorating the place as well. More...
We've hired True Cuisine for a number of years now for the JP Morgan Chase Corp Challenge and like the event, they have gotten better year after year. The health codes are strict and they keep their food at the right temperature. We had over 200 people eat at our event and we heard nothing but glowing comments about the staff (6 stars) and the excellent food - the beef brisket and 7 layer brownies are requirements for your catering order. The tables were always neat and clean and the food looked very appetizing for our runners/walkers. We'll most likely hire them again next year because they don't mess around and when you have so many people to please as a host - you don't want to mess around as well. So you have a choice - be lavished with positive comments the following morning at the office or hear endless criticism about this or that....it's a no brainer. More...
I wish I could give more stars! We hired this company to cater our outdoor wedding. From the beginning, they were so helpful with the taste testing (delicious) and helping with the table layout. They offer an à la cart selection for everything, so you don't end up paying for anything that you don't want. This was perfect for us! You can choose to have a bar package, or not have a bar package, have more meat choices, have less meat choices. Literally you can pick and choose everything to fit your budget. We worked with Sandra to go back-and-forth and narrow down exactly what we wanted. They were very accommodating about making changes to our proposal. What really floored me was the service the day of the reception. The caterer workers themselves went so above and beyond, they helped clear tables, which they didn't need to do, they were kind in talking to our guests, they were phenomenal! I really can't explain just how wonderful the customer service and hospitality displayed by the servers during the event was. Highly recommended! Delicious food! More...
We researched several caterers before choosing one for our wedding. Many really weren't interested in working with us as we had planned a small wedding. When we went out for quotes we originally said 40 people. Sandra was more than willing to work with a party of our size. As soon as we met Sandra at our tasting we knew we had picked our caterer! The food was OUTSTANDING! We spent 9 months just waiting to eat the delicious food again! Sandra was VERY helpful throughout the process. She was responsive and always willing to make changes when needed. I turned into what one might call a "Groomzilla" before it was over and I think Sandra made at least 5 revisions to our quote prior to the big day! On the big day everything went perfectly and the food got rave reviews! Oh and I almost forgot...the VALUE! My husband and I still talk about what a great deal we got! What others might consider "extras" were included with True Cuisine. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for an outstanding catering company with great value! More...
We used True Cuisine for our wedding at Loft on Lake in October and it was awesome. Maria was just phenomenal, above and beyond in her helpfulness. With True Cuisine and Maria, we had more than just a caterer providing food; Maria was, for all intents and purposes, our day-of coordinator too.Leading up to the wedding, Maria was quick to respond and full of ideas to make our wedding perfect and unique. She offered opinions, but was also incredibly flexible and dedicated to creating our vision. She asked all the right questions to make sure we had everything covered (including tons of things we wouldn't have thought of without her), and then executed on the vision beautifully. I did all the flowers and centerpieces myself, which in essence meant I made up a plan, put flowers into vases, and then handed them to Maria who put together tablescapes more beautiful than I had imagined. She even decorated our wedding cake! I trusted her completely to decorate our venue with the things we'd given her and she did not disappoint. (It should be noted that our wedding was the last event Maria did with True Cuisine; she has since started her own business - Ivy & Plum - and I strongly suggest seeking her out.)And the food. On the night, it was even better than it was during the tasting. True Cuisine was actually the only caterer we met with which at the time made me slightly nervous (is "one and done-ing" our catering choice really a good idea?). But the food was good at the tasting, and I was completely sold on Maria, loved the amount of help we'd be getting by hiring True Cuisine, and so I ended the search. We received lots and lots of compliments on how delicious everything was, and we too were almost surprised by how good it was on the night.Understandably, a good portion of our stars go to Maria who is no longer with True Cuisine. However, the food was really amazing and hopefully they've hired another Maria to replace the one they lost. More...
Sandra handled our wedding and we could not have been happier. Not only was she incredibly helpful in the many months leading up to the big day, helping us with planning and working with us to make sure everything stayed within our budget, she was a true rockstar on the day of. Unbeknownst to us, our venue double booked -- and there is not space for two events. Sandra handled all of it, in her role as day-of coordinator (*included* in the catering fees! SO WORTH IT), and we knew nothing about it until we showed up and it had already been taken care of. Besides the logistics, though, the food is also delicious! Not kidding, multiple guests told us it was "the best wedding food ever." High praise, but on point. More...
A gazillion and a half thanks to Maria for everything with which she assisted on my wedding!!!She was super easy to work with: - She put together a great tasting based on details about the groom and I.- She and I emailed a lot, knocking out details where we could both look back and see things in writing. - She was also really flexible with payments, allowing us to pay a bit each month to offset final costs and updating guest counts the final week! Our wedding guests universally raved about the beauty of our room and the quality of the food. True Cuisine do a really top-notch job. More...
My husband and I cannot say enough good things about True Cuisine & Sweet Baby Ray's. From the first moment we had our tasting, we knew this was the caterer for us. Maria was wonderful from the start and it was clear that she understood our vision and would help us run with it. As with all brides and grooms, we had a lot of decision making going on during this whole planning process and were unsure of some of the details we wanted. Maria was always there to help give us suggestions and tell us about other weddings she had worked on to give us a good idea of what possibilities were out there. She was attentive through the whole process and helped us stay on track with many other aspects of our wedding. She helped us think of things we had never thought of or may have overlooked due to her expertise in wedding planning and catering. With Maria, we didn't just get a caterer, we truly got an event coordinator. She had worked with our venue, Bridgeport Art Center, many times before and was able to communicate with them to help with planning. She also took our entire vendor list and contacted each one of them to make sure they were all set for the day of the wedding. She made multiple trips to our venue to help get an idea for the layout of the wedding. Then when it came to our rehearsal, she told us to drop everything off for the wedding the next day and her and her team would take care of all decorations. We couldn't believe the service, commitment and dedication to making our wedding day perfect. Maria took care of everything and took a lot of stress away from us. It was such an amazing feeling to walk into the venue before the ceremony and see our vision put together-and then some. Maria brought some of her own things to help add to the feel of our wedding and fill in where we might have been a little light (candles, etc). This is all said without getting to the food yet! The food was AMAZING at our testing and even more amazing on the wedding day. We chose a buffet option, which we were nervous about, but it turned out perfect. The guests loved being able to choose potions of what they actually wanted and they loved being able to go back for more. We had people coming up to us during dinner to compliment us on the food choice and we heard about it all night. We are still getting compliments! True Cuisine proved that you can actually have REALLY tasty wedding food! It was also my sister and cousin's birthday on our wedding day and Maria helped us make a cake and celebrate their special day as well. She really paid attention to every detail. Afterwards, we had family members take our extra food to our home and we've been enjoying it even afterwards! We would recommend True Cuisine and Sweet Baby Ray's to any and everyone. We could not have been more pleased! It was the most breathtaking day of our lives and we could not have done it without Maria and her staff. More...
Maria and her team helped to pull my son's Bar Mitzvah together with limited time, all with smiles and a great sense of calmness. While I tried to begin planning for the event back in October [for a February 1st date], every caterer I tried to get proposals from was 'busy due to the busy season and the holidays' and seemed uninterested in my event. They were either unresponsive, assumptive, or both. When I finally got in touch with True Cuisine over the x-mas holidays, Maria was very prompt in returning my call, came through with a proposal quickly, adjusted everything I requested, and gave me breathing room to decide. I signed with her less than 3 weeks before the event, and never looked back. She helped arrange the event set up with the venue coordinator, touched base with my vendors to ensure everyone was organized, and even met me to accept my decorations, etc., the day before the event. My family even managed to squeeze in a tasting at their office so we could decide what we did and didn't want from their extensive menu of options. P.S. Everyone LOVED the food and the event - raves all around. Maria is wonderful to work with, and I would highly recommend her and True Cuisine for any event! More...
We used True Cuisine for our wedding in December and if you want a company to make your night perfect this is it. The staff was so tentative, nice, and just genuinely caring! But I do have to put someone in the spotlight and that person is Maria! Maria was the person who spearheaded our wedding and just nailed it. She took all the stress away, all the worry out of the equation. Professional at all times but also equally personable and caring. Quick to respond back to phone calls and emails. The food was absolutely amazing!! Better than the tasting, and the plates looked incredible. If you want the PERFECT wedding/reception there is no need to look for anyone else. Maria and her staff will make your day the best it can possibly be. Thank You guys so much!!! More...
We are using True Cuisine for our wedding at Danada House and could not be happier! Our budget is a little tight and Maria has worked diligently to modify the proposal and come up with creative solutions. Our tasting was amazing..the food is so good! I have been raving about it ever since! She took into account the theme of our wedding in creating the menu and helped us with linens, silverware, and dishes. You can tell that Maria's passion lies in great food and beautiful and tasteful events. She continues to come up with wonderful ideas for our wedding that match the theme and our style. Maria and her staff are complete professionals and take great pride in their work. She is easy to get in contact with via email, text, and phone calls which is helpful for ever-changing ideas and suggestions. She is also a great referral source for other wedding items such as flowers, DJ, and beverages. It is obvious that she has done a TON of weddings and events. I would recommend True Cuisine and Maria Collins to all of my friends and everyone I know for their event planning needs. :) More...
We are two days past our daughter's wedding at Danada House and finally have the strength and time to tell all about the wonderfulness of True Cuisine and especially Maria Collins and her second in command, Felicia.Maria has been an angel, a professional and a help beyond words through the whole wedding process. From our very first meeting she helped guide us with color selection, china, flatware, food selection, etc. The Tasting was Fabulous - how can you choose when everything is so good! But, again Maria helped us narrow down our choices and everything received raves at the wedding including the service.Maria was there for us every step of the way -- during our two month out meeting to nail down incidentals -- to our two week out meeting to finalize seating, timeline, vendor coordination, placement of the bars, DJ, gift tables, slide show, decorations,etc. She was there rehearsal night to give a hand and make suggestions and then on the wedding day Maria was there from 1-9 pm making sure the ceremony went without a hitch and the reception was going smoothly. She then handed the reins to Felicia who was actually also checking up with me (the FOB) thru out the night. True Cuisine itself was fantastic - from the set up - a beautiful table - on time through out the evening - great food and the two best bartenders this ex-bartender has seen - there was never a long wait for a drink and since we had two signature cocktails that wasn't easy.The whole True Cuisine staff was extremely attentive and even brought appetizers outside for the groups getting their pictures taken, plus delivered drinks for the bride and groom. At the end of the night - clean up was fast and efficient and every piece of special "stuff" we brought was placed back into our car - they even loaded all the left over alcohol, gifts and other items themselves so we didn't have to worry about it.True Cuisine was probably less than 10% more than other caterers we looked at but I believe we received 150% more.The only regret is we don't have another wedding for Maria and True Cuisine to cater.SIX STARS !!! More...