From baby back to giant beef ribs, Blazin Bills features expansive menu: Cleveland’s Best Barbecue contest
BURTON, Ohio – When Joyce and Joseph Piteo first found the site of their restaurant, it was little more than a gravel lot in Burton with a pavilion and a fire pit at the edge of a large orchard.
The little guy manning the flames cooked for the orchard workers and the occasional motorist, including the couple. Once the Piteos chose to retire, they decided to take a chance on the restaurant business.
Over time, Joseph perfected his recipes and cooking methods and together they’ve built one of the largest and most popular eateries in Geauga County, Blazin Bills, which also caters most of the Amish weddings in the area.
Blazin Bills is one of 20 finalists in Cleveland’s Best Barbecue contest. Each establishment was nominated, and then voted into the finals, by our readers. We invite you to vote for your favorite BBQ joint once daily. The poll resets each morning at 9 a.m.
We visited Blazin Bills on Aug. 3. Scroll down to see our taste test review of its foods.
Address: 12891 Main Market Road, Burton
How many different kinds of BBQ are on the menu? Five: Ribs (Baby Back and Beef), Pulled Pork, Chicken and Brisket.
How many sauce options? Four: Mild, Hot, Heat Wave and Snake Bite.
Best Seller: Baby Back Ribs.
Most unique items on the menu: Giant crab legs (avgerage of 1 pound each) and the jalepenos stuffed with pulled pork.
Taste Test Review
Cleveland’s Best reporters Yadi Rodriguez, Brenda Cain and Kristen Davis, along with celebrity host/comedian Mike Polk, visited Blazin Bills on Aug. 3.
At each of the finalist restaurants, we’re sampling all kinds of barbecue, including ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken -- as well as many sides and a dish the restaurant felt was its best or most unique offering.
Ribs: “The variety was exceptional and the meat was expertly prepared – the baby back ribs were divine, while the beef ribs were hearty and meaty,” said Polk.
“The meat falls right off the bone, these are so tender,” Rodriguez said.
Pulled Pork: “This meat is so succulent, there isn’t any need for sauce, but the sauce adds so much to the experience,” said Cain.
“The way this pulled pork was cooked, it tastes like decades of perfecting the recipe. They got it right,” said Polk.
Brisket: “Thick and juicy,” said Davis.
“Nice slab of meat and the char on the outside was so perfect,” said Rodriguez.
Chicken: “The wings are incredible. The dry rub adds so much and you can tell they are cooked with love,” said Davis.
“The chicken wings are nothing short of magical. The cooking method (of dipping them in the sauce prior to smoking) creates an original flavor sensation,” Polk said.
Fries: “These fries actually taste buttery, which is not a bad thing,” Cain said.
“I liked that they were hand-cut and that they left the skins on,” Davis said.
Sweet Potato Fries: “The flavor really comes through, and the fries are not too greasy,” said Davis.
“These are just so delicious, I have no words,” Cain said.
Baked Beans: “These are a lot different than most baked bean dishes, lots of different beans in a rich tomato-y sauce,” Davis said.
“You can actually taste each of the five varieties of beans in this dish,” said Cain.
Cole Slaw: “Saucy, not sweet, with a good crunch,” said Davis.
Corn on the cob: “This was so fresh, you’ll think they picked it out back,” said Cain.
“Buttery and very refreshing,” Polk said
Onion Rings: “These are worth the drive from downtown all on their own,” Polk said.
“Thick slices of onion generously battered and then fried up crisp,” said Davis.
BBQ: “A nice thick sauce with just the right amount of spice,” said Rodriguez.
“One of a kind – sweet and sassy,” said Polk.
Hot: “Definitely had a kick to it,” said Rodriguez.
“Hot, but not so hot that you lose the flavor of the sauce,” said Davis.
Heat Wave: “So hot it takes the flavor away from the food,” said Davis.
“This one will definitely clear out the sinuses,” Polk said.
Why not join us in our quest to find the Best Barbecue in Greater Cleveland. The schedule for our visits is posted here.