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A trip to Oahu’s windward side isn’t complete without a visit to Uncle Bobo’s. Located in Kaaawa across from Swanzy Beach Park, the barbecue hot spot has been an island staple since it opened nearly a decade ago.
“I spent a lot of time living in the South, so it made sense to focus on authentic barbecue fare,” says Robert Joyce, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife Keiko. “We use a special, three-day smoking process to get the meat’s flavor and tenderness just right.”
Classics such as BBQ Pork Ribs Plate ($15.95) is a popular choice, served with generous portions of homemade barbecue sauce, rice and choice of mac salad, coleslaw or ranch-style beans. The Bobo Burger ($6.95), made from Big Island grass-fed beef, is another crowd pleaser.
In addition to smoked meats, first-timers should try any of Uncle Bobo’s six homemade breads, baked fresh in-house every morning starting at 3 a.m.
“People love our Malasadas ($1), which we make from scratch,” explains Joyce. “Our Hawaiian French Toast ($4.95) is made using our own malasadas with ice cream and a local pineapple and Mandarin orange syrup.”
Uncle Bobo’s Smoked BBQ
51-480 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaaawa
Tuesday–Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.