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Satchel's BBQ

Ann Arbor

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23 December 2019

Found this place by chance because we didn't find any parking closer to the restaurant we planned to go to. It smelled delicious so we couldn't resist and had to walk in. It turned out to be a great decision because the food was amazing. There was a short wait because they had a large order previous to ours which was ready when the person picked it up. My fiancé ordered the brisket meal for $16 and I got the half rack of dry ribs for $18. Both plates came with two sides of our choice and good corn bread. I've had lots of BBQ in my life and I think this was outstanding for sure. Fall of the bone meat and perfectly cooked brisket, both quite delicious. The beans were a bit too sweet but still good. The mashed potatoes were perfect and the collard greens were tasty. The portion was large, so I had to take some of it home. I'm very happy we stumbled upon this place! The staff were nice as well. I shall return. More...

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19 December 2019

Food was very tasty, meat very tender & an assortment of BBQ sauce.

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27 August 2019

3.5 stars. A decent value by Ann Arbor standards. But, you might have to rely heavily on adding your own sauces to get good seasoning. This is my first visit. Tried the rice bowl with pork, vinegar slaw, and black eyed peas. Also got a side of potato salad. Only the peas tasted seasoned. The pork seemed cooked well, but didn't have much chat or fat to carry flavor without a sauce. Luckily they have a number of really tasty sauces at the table that won me over! Potato salad and slaw were barely seasoned, but a splash of sauce fixed that too. Just expected less work seasoning my own food, though ultimately it came out alright. I might or might not come back to try the rest of the menu. More...

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26 August 2019

Satchel’s just catered food for our daughters 1st birthday and it was a big hit.

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16 August 2019

I ripped in and you almost did not get pics! Finally found a BBQ spot to make me sample meat again! The dining room smells like my mommas home on a 4th of July when I was a kid #Dee_lish #brisketsandwich #ColeslawVinager The sauce they use is to_die_for Sweet tea so sweet ohEmGee

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8 June 2019

really good service! really good food!

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19 May 2019

Amazing food and great prices! Very polite staff and food is made from scratch. Def will return here! Best bbq i have had in a very very long time!

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18 May 2019

Easy and fast for a satisfying lunch. Kielbasa is my favorite, it's so tasty that I can't stop eating from my husband's plate ; ) I ordered the 3oz rice bowl which is a perfect portion for me. More...

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16 May 2019

A TOUCH OF BAMA IN A2! The BBQ here is amazing! The have a variety of sides that are very tasty! Beside being one of my favorite local restaurants, the staff is awesome! I've order many times for my company and for my family, they never let me down. They will go out of their way to make sure their customers are happy.  I can't thank Huge and DJ enough for squeezing us in at a short notice and delivering top notch service! More...

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15 May 2019

Great local BBQ. Great sauces and LOVE the brisket. Awesome sides too.

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11 March 2019

Amazing food and service. Just awesome great job Ann Arbor

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24 February 2019

This is a review for Satchel's downtown A2 location. I was pretty excited to hear Satchel's was coming to downtown as I'm a fan of their BBQ. The decor and vibe in this new location is modern, sheek, and you can definitely tell that you're at a good BBQ restaurant. I first started eating Satchel's a few years ago and am in love with their brisket and variety of sauces. Although it is not anywhere close to southern BBQ, this is one of the best you can get in southeastern Michigan. During this visit, I got pulled chicken sandwiches, collards, and cornbread. I usually douse my food in BBQ sauce and Satchel's has a variety of these sauces for you to enjoy. I really like the mustard based, sweet, hot sauce, and also the regular BBQ sauce. The staff at this new location are friendly and food service was very good. Overall, I recommend Satchel's if you're craving BBQ, just don't come with the expectations that you will get Southern BBQ. More...

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9 February 2019

The Best  BBQ place that I have been to including Tennessee. The collard greens are unbelievable . Everything is home made. Lucky to have it close to home.Highly recommend! More...

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20 January 2019

Satchel's!! on Washtenaw in Ann Arbor gets my five stars *****.  When I saw the photograph of the bottles of barbecue sauce and hot sauce, I bookmarked it. Parking is easy. The ramp to the door makes it welcome to all. The people behind the counter were very friendly. We shared a pulled pork platter. Our sides were vinegar cold slaw, potato salad and an extra side of baked beans. We got a bun rather than the corn bread. Every bite was succulent with bursts of amazing flavor. My favorite barbecue sauce was the house, the Carolina mustard sauce was also stellar. On our next visits I will try the other bottles of sauce. B asked if we could go back for dinner. There was a lot of carry out while we ate that made for good people watching and matching people with their cars. More...

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16 January 2019

Even as a person not given to liking red meat this place is on my favorites list. I like the pulled chicken and most of the sides. I like the mustard based BBQ sauce and was happy to see they have brought it back.I would give them a five star rating except for the last two visits the greens have been massively disappointing. Both times they were weirdly dried out and, as much as I love hot food, too over spiced. Not sure why they changed their original recipe but I wouldn't recommend them. More...

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29 December 2018

Wonderful food and. Awesome people

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21 December 2018

We loved the food we ate today! our first time eating here !! We will be back again when in the Ann Arbor area again!

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13 December 2018

I should have been there long time ago. I don't know why or how I missed this place. They are situated just beside Whole-foods on Washtenaw behind Vorizon phone store. There are plenty of free parking . Inside of the restaurant is very clean and nicely decorated. Nothing fancy but smart . It's a small joint but really great food. I went there for lunch and for $9 before tip, I got so much food. Their meat was very tender and juicy. I personally like it with some more seasoning and spice but that's just me . The food they serve is really good quality. I ordered brisket bowl which comes with rice and your choice of two sides. So I chose Mack and cheese and greens. The Mack and cheese wasn't the best but it was definitely good. They were not overwhelmed with cheese. The greens were the best. It was mixed with some meat too. I finished the greens which means it was good for sure. The food came quickly and it was warm. The amount of meat they served for only $9 is mind boggling. They have plenty of options for sauce to pour over and the best one is the house sauce which has little sweetness in it. Altogether my experience was excellent. The service was great. They were very attentive. Although it's a self help place where you order the food and pay on the counter then grab your silverware and napkins. They will call you for the food to collect. I want to go there again and try something new this time. They definitely deserve more visits again. More...

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9 December 2018

I a huge fan of Texas BBQ, that said I think this is the best BBQ in Michigan!

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2 December 2018

We got delivery and it was actually early! The meat was very good. I would recommend the brisket and pork plate if you're looking to get a variety of meats. The cornbread was cold but still pretty good. The coleslaw was delicious. The Mac and cheese wasn't very cheesy but was still a nice comfort food. More...

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10 November 2018

Did a take-out order and they prepared the food before the estimated time to pick up which was good. Barbecue was good overall

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29 October 2018

Hard to go wrong with Satchel's. I hadn't been here in almost a year, but decided to swing through for lunch. Something's different because the bbq was even better than I last remember it! The service was also outstanding. The staff answered my questions with a smile and were more than willing to offer up insight into their sides. I went with a mix of heir pulled pork and brisket. Both were phenomenally moist and tasty. What I love about good bbq is having great flavor without being overly Smokey. This bbq was the perfect balance. Their house made sauces were also excellent. Finally, the sides were awesome! I recommend the collard greens and the fried corn! :-) yum!! More...

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20 October 2018

Love the Brisket, very tender and juicy

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6 October 2018

Satchel's BBQ catered our wedding last weekend, and we have gotten so much great feedback from our guests about the meats, sauces, sides, everything! Happy they loved Satchel's food as much as we do! Hugh helped us immensely throughout the planning process and James was awesome that night! Thank you so much! More...

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30 September 2018

I love all different types of BBQ. I get it from all the places in Ann Arbor. Satchels is ~very tasty~, the meat AND the sides. Sometimes I even do the lighter 3 sides and cornbread deal. The price is good for the amount of food you get. The only thing they need is a "open" sign that lights up so you can see it driving by, it's had to see the small sign in the door if cars are parked in front  :) More...

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3 September 2018

Lov love love this place is top notch for good old southern BBQ

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2 September 2018

They’re the Best!! Awesome smoked Ribs and Brisket... And I love their Sweet Tea... Tasty!!

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29 August 2018

Really tasty pulled pork!  Cornbread was so so. Inexpensive but excellent quality for the price.

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28 July 2018

Maybe one of the best bbq places. High quality meats, nice selection of sauces and the baked beans were excellent. The Mac n'cheese was ok. Fast service reasonable priced.

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23 July 2018

Satchel's catered our party this past weekend - brisket, pulled pork, 3 sauces, baked beans, potato salad, mac & cheese, and slaw. ..the food was delicious, ordering was easy, everything was ready on time, and the price was just right. Can't wait to try everything else on the menu. Thanks Satchel's! More...

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19 July 2018

Had the combo plate of brisket and kielbasa, sides were mac and cheese and baked beans.  The brisket was amazing, and the kielbasa even more so!  Mac and cheese were 5 star, very creamy and delicious, while the baked beans were good, they were too far from the norm that I would order them again.  It was like they had a coffee ground rub added to them  My dining companion raved about the pork and kielbasa.  The collard greens were very good.  The cornbread served with the meal was surprisingly moist and very flavorful.  This is hard to accomplish as it dries out and becomes stale very quickly.  Great job on the bake.The cleanliness of the restaurant needs a LOT of work.  Diners - make a note to be sure not to use the restrooms.  They have not been cleaned since Moses walked the earth, and are beyond frat-house disgusting...if anyone has been to a Cleveland Browns game and opened the door to an over-flowing porty pot, this is similar.  I puked a little in my mouth.  I pity the workers for having to use them.  The dining is limited seating and self serve, but there was nothing to clean the tables with, nor was anyone doing it.  The salt and pepper are 4 oz portion control cups with plastic lids, so it is very likely someone is sticking their fingers in it for a pinch of seasoning.  The sauce bottles on the tables were thick with residue and sticky.Great food, filthy restaurant. More...

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17 July 2018

The bbq here is pretty smoky and really good! There's a variety of BBQ sauces at the table you can choose from, which is so convenient. I like to mix a few of them together to make the Ultimate sauce! A little sweet, lots of tangy, and lots of spicy.Did I mention I'm from Texas? I'd like to think that gives me some credibility:) Btw: I think my favorite side is the greens. More...

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24 June 2018

Satchel's is bangin'. That's all I gotta say. The food is best drescribed as "dank". The only drawback is sometimes they are out of all the dank sides they have, but it doesn't matter that much because all the other sides are dank.

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14 April 2018

First time here, good portion, delicious food, kids finished their meal and loved it.

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6 April 2018

Meat tender fresh n juicy but some seasoning would enhance the flavor and take it to a whole other level but yum yum!!

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20 March 2018

Great food and portion sizes! I'm a big pulled pork fan and so naturally I ordered the pulled pork plate with potato salad and Mac & cheese. The pulled pork was nice and tender and I was given a large portion. It looked like 1/2 lbs. The large amount of sides was surprising too. However, they were kind of bland. I was still satisfied a will definitely be regular since it's shown the road from me. (See my Photo) More...

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17 March 2018

We ate here a couple weeks ago. I got the side platter with corn bread with a 1/2 pound of brisket. Hubby got brisket sandwich and bake beans. Service was awesome and food was delicious. We will be back soon More...

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14 March 2018

This is the best barbeque I've ever had. Ever. The chicken is the best chicken I've ever had. It's far superior to zingerman's. The ribs are unbelievable. The cornbread and beans and greens are individually all delicious. Everything is so good. Really. Go there. More...

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12 March 2018

My kids have been wanting to go for awhile, so we had lunch there when we came to visit them at school, totally worth the wait. The brisket melted in your mouth, the mac n cheese and potato salad were a nice addition to the meal. The cornbread tasted just like grandma's. This will be part of the plan from now on when we're in town! More...

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8 March 2018

Went to the new place on Liberty and thought it was good. Got the dry rub ribs, very nice. I liked all the sides we had. The place was clean and the working people helpful and nice. I will be back. More...

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3 March 2018

We had a lovely meal at Satchel’s with our family. The pulled chicken was delicious. We had the pleasure of a great conversation with the owner. Great food and hospitality.

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18 February 2018

Fantastic brisket. Mac and cheese is top notch. Excellent 70s soul and blues playing. This is how BBQ should be done.

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15 January 2018

We stumbled upon this place today and it was fantastic! The staff were all very friendly and informative and the place was very clean. We had the pulled pork and brisket plate. It was all delicious!!! Thank you! We'll definitely be back. More...

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15 October 2017

Awesome people and most importantly BBQ! Dry ribs are worth every penny and the Mac is the best in town!

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19 September 2017

I was pleasantly surprised with my trip to Satchel's. I dropped by on a whim in the middle of the afternoon because I had been craving good barbecue. I wasn't that hungry and was really just hoping to sample some of the meats. After explaining my desires to the folks behind the counter, they put together a quarter pound each of pork, chicken, brisket, and sausage for me to take away. I really appreciated their customer service and their friendliness and helpfulness is probably responsible for the fourth star here. The pork was the star of the show. They sample they gave me was moist and fatty, including a healthy cut of skin that carried extra fat and smiley flavor onto my palate. My biggest fear with pulled pork is having it be too dry, so I was in hog heaven with the succulent (some would say greasy) portions they provided. I tend to think that smoke and pork fat are enough seasoning, but if you're a sauce person, I found that a combination of the hot sauce and vinegar sauce was the best pairing with the pork. The vinegar sauce alone in too sweet and apple-like. The heat and garlic from the hot sauce really balance the dish out nicely. The sausage was probably my second favorite. It was courses ground, well seasoned, and had a dark bark that carried the smokiness forward. Again, pork fat doesn't need sauce, but this one went quite well with the mustard sauce (which was too assertively mustardy to pair with anything more delicate).The brisket was not what I expected, but it is good in its own way. I've traveled the country in search of the best barbecue, so my brisket tastes are particular to the Texas style (especially the Lockhart region). The brisket here was appropriately fatty, but the dark, heavy crust imbued a flavor of the wrong kind of wood (my recollection is that post oak is the most popular in Texas). It also was not sufficiently seasoned--a heavier dose of both salt and pepper would have been appreciated. Still, the dish is not without it's charm--smokey brisket is delicious even when less than perfect. The chicken was probably the most disappointing. I'm not sure how it is prepared, but there was little discernible smokiness and it was a bit drier than the other meats due to a dearth of fat. My quarter pound also included a sizable bone/joint that was inedible. I probably wouldn't order the chicken again (though it's not really my first choice outside of Alabama anyway). All told, Satchel's appears to be a solid option for someone who craves the occasional fatty, smoky, meaty treat. I'm likely to be back and I greatly appreciate the wonderful service I received on my first trip! More...

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1 September 2017

Started eating the fixings when they started. I knew it would be greater each year. The menu has expanded and the food is consistent! Keep it up!

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