Braddah Hutts BBQ Grill

Braddah Hutts BBQ Grill - Casual Island-Style Eats on the Road to Hana
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Cap off a picture-perfect journey on the Road to Hana with an island-style meal at Braddah Hutts BBQ Grill. This iconic food truck may be simple, but what it lacks in lavish digs it more than makes up for with its delectable barbecue dishes. Treat yourself to fall-off-the-bone ribs, mouthwatering macaroni salad, and an amazing view. 

- The Local Expert Team

Island-style BBQ is a big deal in Hawaii. This unique approach to barbecue can be difficult to find in the 48 states, so it’s important to take full advantage of the abundance of options available when visiting the Hawaiian islands. Braddah Hutts BBQ Grill is a definite must-visit, even though it requires a bit of a trek for most visitors. The effort will prove more than worthwhile, however, especially as you’ll witness your fair share of gorgeous scenery along the way.

It would be an understatement to refer to the Braddah Hutts BBQ Grill as casual. If you desire upscale dining, you’ll definitely want to search elsewhere. Eating at Braddah Hutts means ordering from a truck and sitting at a small picnic table. All this adds to the BBQ joint’s inherent charm, however, so you won’t feel as if you’re missing out.

As you order, you’ll notice that the staff members are not only incredibly friendly but also hilarious. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself chuckling as you await your meal. The animal mascots also provide plenty of entertainment, with the resident dog, in particular, keeping visitors happy.

Once your favorite BBQ dish is ready, you won’t care about the casual setting. The scent alone should get your mouth watering. While this take on BBQ is a bit on the sweet side (a possible source of disappointment for those who crave smokier flavors), it works well for Braddah Hutts’ island style of cooking. Portions are sizable, but the food is so delicious that you won’t be able to stop yourself from devouring every bite.

A few of our favorite menu items include the following:

Barbecue Pork Ribs
Braddah Hutts may have a simple menu, but selecting the right meal can still be tricky when everything looks so delicious. When in doubt, opt for the barbecue pork ribs, which should appeal to the vast majority of visitors. These are the epitome of fall-off-the-bone good, to that point that you’ll be tempted to return for more on your way home. 

Kalua Pork
A worthy option when you crave something distinctly Hawaiian, this meal is perfectly juicy. The tender meat is accompanied by an enticing sauce, plus the food truck’s renowned macaroni salad. 

Fish Tacos
Not in the mood for island-style barbecue? No worries. Braddah Hutts offers a small selection of alternatives, including several types of tacos. The fish tacos are definitely worth ordering. Some visitors believe that these are a bit heavy on the cabbage, but many others enjoy the crunch this provides and are similarly enthusiastic about the sauce. 

Chicken Pasta
Another great alternative to the menu’s more traditional BBQ dishes, the chicken pasta is a solid backup if you arrive too late to score the ribs or pork. It’s heavy even as compared to the other options served here, so it’s best ordered when you have a huge appetite. This is a wonderful option for splitting but also appeals to hungry kids and teens. 

There’s no food truck quite like Braddah Hutts. If you skip this Hana essential, you’ll be doing yourself a serious disservice. Set aside an hour during your Road to Hana journey and treat yourself to the best BBQ on the island. 

Insider Tips:
-No public restrooms are available, so plan accordingly. This can be particularly problematic if you arrive when it’s busy, as guests have occasionally been known to wait for up to an hour. 
-Parking can be a bit tricky at this location. While there is a small lot onsite, it’s often full. You may have better luck simply parking along the main road. Just follow the example set by other visitors and pull over on the shoulder.
-If you’re committed to a particular menu item, plan to arrive early. All the locals (plus any tourists who are in the know) make a point of stopping by as early as possible, meaning that even a 1 pm arrival could result in a complete lack of availability for your favorite entrees. When in doubt, aim to show up bright and early at 10:30 am.