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Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery

Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery

BBQ Joint, Brewery, and Southern / Soul Food Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor
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  • Sarah M.
    "Get the carnivore burger and try it with all the sauces!!"(4 Tips)
    Sam I.
    "fried pickle chips are the best appetizer in town!!!"(4 Tips)
    Jackie R.
    "The Bumper Crop IPA is delicious!"(2 Tips)
    John K.
    "Mac and cheese with pulled pork and smoked cheddar with IPA"(13 Tips)
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  • Michelle
    MichelleJuly 20, 2015
    I've been to this place a few times. I'm in disbelief that my food can actually taste that dissatisfying. So I've gotten beef brisket and the steak salad. Dry, easily cold. Go for the Mac and cheese
  • Lyndsi W.
    Lyndsi WinerSeptember 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Miss this place so much since I moved. Carolina Pulled Pork, cheddar grits, their pulled pork nachos best I've ever had! Their purple sauce is the bomb and their carnivore burger is best ever!
  • Danni E.
    Danni EngelMarch 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The beer is excellent. Highly recommend getting anything with meat and slathering any of the four amazing BBQ sauces all over it. Sweet potato fries are also super tasty! You can't go wrong here.
  • Tony C.
    Tony CorsiniFebruary 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Carnivore Burger is a MUST have! if you enjoy a quality hamburger that has pulled pork, bacon, and also fried jalepenos on it!! All these quality ingredients create an amazing hamburger!
  • Tony C.
    Tony CorsiniSeptember 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pulled Pork Nachos are an amazing appetizer to get! Don't pass this one up if you are a fan of big ol plates of tasty nachos!
  • Justin L.
    Justin LockeApril 8, 2015
    Flights for $4.77 on happy hour for 7 beers. Just go. Get the Mac and Cheese. Great atmosphere and staff is awesome!
  • Matthew
    MatthewJune 15, 2012
    The food is epiphanaic, but the service can be slow on packed nights. If you don't die of old age waiting, or of a heart attack eating the Carnivore Burger, you will definitely want to come back!!
  • Jackie R.
    Jackie RomzekJanuary 12, 2013
    The Bumper Crop IPA is delicious! If you come on your birthday you get a free pint glass and a $10 towards your next meal.
  • Chung-yee N.
    Chung-yee NgoOctober 17, 2014
    The Mac and cheese was pretty bland. The El Camino was pretty tasty loved the salsa verde and the half priced (happy hour) beer sample was worth the money.
  • Yuni G.
    Really large portions. We left here so uncomfortably full. Definitely a fan of the three meat burger. (I can't remember the exact name). Would go back!
  • Tanushree S.
    Tanushree ShirodkarSeptember 21, 2015
    Sliders and barbecue combo plate will give you everything on the menu.. The jalapeño cheddar sausage was super good.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithSeptember 15, 2012
    If the Strawberries and Cream beer is available, try it. Also, the purple is the way to go for BBQ sauces.
  • Isaac V.
    Isaac VanDuynMarch 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The sliders are a great way to sample some of the different great BBQ flavors available. Also, the upgrade to onion rings is worth it.
  • Lida H.
    Lida HasbrouckSeptember 17, 2012
    The meat is local! And the pickle slices that come with burgers are definitely small-batch made. Awesome food!
  • Cecily Giuseppa C.
    Satchels BBQ is way better, everything is homemade from scratch In-House, and all the meats are smoked out on the smokers!
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PolingDecember 30, 2012
    I just can't come here without getting a slider basket. The sliders are too good and the fries are amazing.
  • Ross Gourmet Club
    Ross Gourmet ClubNovember 22, 2011
    If you want BBQ and can't try to Detroit, this is a nice alternative. BBQ combo plate gives you a nice sampling.
  • Heather M.
    Heather MittensJanuary 27, 2013
    I love the bar-bae-cuban sandwich and the pickles on the side are the best!
  • Thomas D.
    Thomas DuebnerMay 28, 2016
    Barbecue was awesome. The sauce with the purple cap is smokey, sweet, and delicious.
  • K E.
    K EdmondsDecember 11, 2011
    Try fried green tomatoes as an app with ranch for dipping Very authentic like my aunt used to make!
  • Ashley K.
    Ashley KochAugust 3, 2013
    I didn't know you could get Texas style brisket in Michigan. Delicious!
  • Edward V.
    Edward VielmettiMarch 28, 2014
    Friendly service, good food, but slow enough that not everyone was fed by 12:30pm. Somewhat noisy. A good experiment, and good if you had 4 or 6, but not a lunchtime 8.
  • Liz P.
    Liz ParkerJune 23, 2014
    Try the pulled pork sandwich with the sweet BBQ sauce, yum. And sweet pickles! 2/$15 this week during A2 Restaurant Week, for lunch.
  • Brent
    BrentDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Well worth the wait. Stop here after 10pm for the late night happy hour!
  • Omid F.
    Omid FarivarMarch 30, 2011
    Pulled Pork Mac n Cheese. Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese. Order one of these and be happy forever and ever.
  • nils j.
    nils jansonMay 18, 2015
    Top-notch ribs. Fried pickles were also super tasty.
  • Rhonda J.
    Rhonda JensenFebruary 14, 2015
    Pulled pork was yum! And the mixed drinks were perfect!
  • John T.
    John TurnerSeptember 24, 2011
    The Bbq pulled pork MAC and cheese can be used, in a pinch, as a reason to live.
  • Bill Q.
    Bill QJuly 25, 2011
    Check out the basement bar. Cozy and intimate. Great date spot.
  • Kevin Y.
    Kevin YienJune 26, 2015
    Best BBQ in Ann Arbor with a great beer selection.
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah M.August 25, 2011
    Get the carnivore burger and try it with all the sauces!!
  • Keith L.
    Keith LamprechtAugust 13, 2014
    Try the sauces, good beer and food day or nite
  • Joan H.
    Joan HuangOctober 27, 2013
    Pretty glorious brisket but the table sauces don't have much heat - ask for hot sauce.
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HarknessApril 14, 2013
    Get the pumpkin patch. Holy amazing
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BuchananMay 6, 2013
    Fabulous!!! The beef brisket was amazing!!
  • Alexander S.
    Alexander SampsonJanuary 25, 2015
    I threw the pulled pork into the mac and cheese and NWTS.
  • Sam I.
    Sam IdenNovember 26, 2014
    fried pickle chips are the best appetizer in town!!!
  • Emily H.
    Emily HeadingsFebruary 19, 2012
    Wow. Wish we lived closer to this place... You will not be disappointed.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SchaferMarch 14, 2011
    Drinks are decently priced, the muffins are a great drinking food.
  • Val G.
    Val GriffithMay 26, 2013
    Great place but the bar tender seriously needs to be more personable. Not that impressed with him.
  • Jason H.
    Jason HiltonApril 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Lazy Sunday Hefeweizen is probably the best independent hefe I've had.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SchreiberJanuary 16, 2014
    If you don't get the Smoked Turkey Soup, you basically suck at life.
  • Zach T.
    Zach ThomasFebruary 24, 2015
    Get their signature glass for a souvenir
  • John K.
    John KolesarJuly 14, 2011
    Mac and cheese with pulled pork and smoked cheddar with IPA
  • Emily B.
    Emily BabcockOctober 28, 2014
    Get the flight. And the fried pickle chips.
  • Paul W.
    Paul WithunAugust 10, 2014
    Great brews! Get some!
  • Samir N.
    Samir NazirJuly 25, 2016
    solid BBQ. The Summer Pale Ale is solid
  • Josh A.
    Josh AJanuary 30, 2016
    Didn't try the meat but no self-respecting Texan would. The beer was solid though.
  • K N.
    K NJune 18, 2012
    The fried Mac n Cheese is delicious!
  • Mark P.
    Mark PilottoJanuary 23, 2011
    Delicious! Expensive tho, $7 for a basket of potato chips!?
  • Keith B.
    Keith BickfordJuly 11, 2013
    Get the ipa
  • Marcel H.
    Marcel HunterApril 15, 2013
    Try the slider basket, it kicks ass
  • Camille S.
    Camille StarkFebruary 26, 2012
    Fried Pickle chips, brisket, Brussels sprouts!
  • Laura
    LauraJuly 7, 2011
    The cowboy reuben was good, but I wouldn't come here on wednesday.... Open mic night was pretty horrendous.
  • Andre S.
    Andre SoaresFebruary 5
    Good beer and great bbq.
  • Sarah O.
    Sarah OJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Pulled pork is ah mazing. SLIDERS!!!
  • Neal D.
    Neal DieboldMarch 16, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Great selection of craft beers
  • Krista M.
    Krista MattinglyOctober 31, 2013
    If you don't get the cookie sandwich, you're wasting everyone's time.
  • Roger S.
    Roger SchonfeldSeptember 20, 2013
    Burnt ends are reasonable but overly sauced up.
  • Constance P.
    Trying one fried pickles per Dan...
  • Dave C.
    Dave CarsonSeptember 24, 2011
    Use the sauce with the purple cap.
  • Jeremiah C.
    Jeremiah CosnerDecember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Incredible! Burnt ends!
  • Jason H.
    Jason HiltonApril 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Nachos + Tomato BBQ Sauce (Red)
  • Sunit J.
    Sunit JainDecember 23, 2014
    The bearded pig. 'nuff said.
  • Sheila S.
    Sheila Sebert LamsaAugust 5, 2013
    Great Place and Great Beer!!
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JosephOctober 12, 2013
    Mint julip is so good!
  • jonathan s.
    jonathan stewartDecember 21, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    How about this for a tip, don't check in where you work so stew can be major again, tim.
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick MinApril 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    BBQ Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese is amazing
  • Jeremiah C.
    Jeremiah CosnerDecember 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Burnt ends to start.
  • Jeff I.
    Jeff IsermanDecember 9, 2012
    Good food, good service!
  • Christopher V.
    Christopher VigilDecember 16, 2011
    Liking the bumper crop ipa
  • Tim S.
    Tim SchmidtSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Great Oktoberfest Bier!
  • Evan K.
    Evan KerriganMay 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the “fried pickle chips” as a starter—they are full of win.
  • Tom C.
    Tom CormieApril 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the two six three stout
  • Joseph R.
    Joseph RossJanuary 25, 2010
    Get the baby back ribs; the sauce is terrific. It's very spicy but not too spicy.
  • Todd M.
    Todd MekjianFebruary 10, 2012
    Oatmeal Stout = amazing
  • Motor City Brew Tours
    Motor City Brew ToursOctober 5, 2011
    Try the Pilsner!
  • Neal D.
    Neal DieboldAugust 8, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Tim is a nice guy
  • Glen G.
    Glen GreenleeMay 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pig and a pint Mondays!
  • Murali P.
    Murali PonnaluriAugust 12, 2010
    Try the 6 sample beer
  • ViolinMonster
    ViolinMonsterMarch 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Bourbon Milkshake? Yes, please!
  • Liz L.
    Liz LeCompteAugust 21, 2010
    excellent artichoke dip
  • Anna B.
    Anna BJanuary 7, 2010
    Get the Green Chilli Corn Muffins!
  • Don F.
    Don FSeptember 24, 2011
    Mac n cheese
  • Jack G.
    Jack GondekApril 1, 2012
    Stupid waiters, ginger cook.
  • Lo D.
    Lo DubsNovember 25, 2012
    Slows is so much better. This place is not worth the money or the time.
  • Tim S.
    Tim SchmidtAugust 25, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Baby changing station!
  • Paul D.
    Paul DiMarcoJuly 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat some pulled pork
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HewittJanuary 4, 2012
    Service was terrible, food not that good
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