Phil ‘er Up

By David Nelson

It’s time once again to enjoy the barbecued chicken and ribs perfected by Phil’s BBQ, without having to wait in line.

On Monday, August 6, where’s there’s smoke, there’s the fiery Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark tailgate party. Follow your nose to Petco Tailgate Park (from 5 to 7 p.m, right before the Padres-Cubs game) to enjoy a barbecue dinner, soft drink, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and a ticket to the game, all for just 25 bucks.

The icing on this savory cake is that chowing down helps build up the Operation Bigs Military Mentoring Program sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County. Phil’s donates 100 percent of proceeds ($50,000 in 2011) to a program that pairs children of deployed service people with active-duty or retired military personnel who understand the unique needs and challenges these kids face.

“I strongly believe in the support of local families and especially military families that sacrifice so much for the greater good of our country,” says Phil Pace, the man whose sauce has stained many a shirtfront. On August 6, no matter the outcome of the action on the diamond, San Diego kids will win Big.

Tickets are available at Phil’s BBQ locations in San Diego and San Marcos, and by clicking on “Events” at