New Owners Take Over San Pedro’s Favorite BBQ Joint: Lazy Croc’s

Southern Style Barbecue is very serious business.  In some areas of the world, certain restaurants have a cult following.  People get tattooed to show their love…

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travel long distances for a certain rib or brisket, attend barbeque cook-offs by the tens of thousands or just spend their Saturdays at home perfecting their own special rub for their pork.

Yes, I know.  Americans are weird.  Men in particular.

Lazy Croc’s BBQ joint about 2.5 miles north on Ambergris Caye has that sort of cult (no tattoos yet that I know of…but a certain fervor for sure).  It’s been an Ambergris Caye favorite for those who love their Southern style American barbecue.  I’ve heard of residents buying 20 lbs of pulled pork to have as back-up in their freezers.  Just in case…

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SO, when I ran into new owners in town a few weeks ago (NNNNEWWWWW WHAT??!?!?!?!), I was a bit nervous.  Sure Christiano and his father seemed to have some great ideas, like more days open,  extended hours and a Croc Mobile delivery service, but would the recipes, the smoky meaty goodness be the same?

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And more importantly, could Lazy Croc’s keep their SanPedroScoop.com Sunglasses of Excellence?

I don’t even need to say it.  THE PRESSURE WAS ON.

First though, that sign is no joke.  If you look carefully, you can see me laying on the bridge taking a picture of this handsome devil.

IMG_5939All I know is that your pet is welcome but you might want to keep Rufus on a leash.

For those who are wondering what the new hours are, they are posted.

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Wednesday through Sunday 11am to 5pm.

Here is Christiano…super friendly, chatty guy with lots of great ideas.  Like these “Croc Eggs”…green cherries that are steeping in overproof rum as we speak.

IMG_5946Or this Croc Shake that he dropped off at our table.  Rum, gin, melon liquer and coconut ice cream.  It’s a Long Island Iced Tea in disguise.  Beware!

IMG_5943Or serving breakfast in the future.  Biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak…we should all plan to be Plus 5 pounds in 2014.

Here are some of the menu items.

IMG_5929IMG_5925 IMG_5924We sat on the deck over the croc pond and ordered some BBQ.

IMG_5933 IMG_5954 IMG_5953I went for the pulled pork & ribs platter.  $30bzd.  It comes with 2 sides, 2 giant slabs of garlic bread and can easily feed two people.

IMG_5948Delicious, delicious.  The ribs…they just melt.  They are like thick slow slow slow cooked pieces of pork belly.  Striped with fat boneless goodness.

They come sauceless and I like to drench mine with the sweet mustard sauce.  I could drink it out of the bottle.

IMG_5951But no one really wants to see that.

This crazy looking lizard was perched on the railing watching the spectacle of gorging gringos.

IMG_5941So…as you can read, I HIGHLY recommend Lazy Croc’s.  The owner is energetic, gracious and friendly.  The food is delicious and it’s just a fun, lively spot to have lunch or just drinks.   Watch the crocs, the lizards and take a walk across the bridge to the beautiful ocean.

It’s a very cool spot.

IMG_5938 IMG_5935 IMG_5952Lazy Croc’s is located 2.5 miles north of the bridge.   Just north of Grand Caribe Resort.  Enjoy.

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Oh yes…and one mustn’t forget dessert.  I have a brownie coconut ice cream sandwich.  I mean seriously?

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Absolutely delicious.






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  • John Robilio

    Best of luck to the new owners as the BBQ biz is hard work. I type this as it is a brisk 30 degrees with freezing rain and accumulation of up to an inch yet the boys are out back loading up the smoker full of pork shoulder.

    • Belize Blog

      And adding in breakfast? And delivery? I can only imagine…but he’s got the right amount of enthusiasm (right now).

  • TarheelBornGal

    So glad you were able to visit and blog this awesome island tradition we enjoyed so many times when we lived on the island — we were neighbors, after all. I was so curious about how it was going to be with new owners. Sounds like what was great has not changed, and what is new is also amazing. I’m liking the sound of that adult milkshake and amazing dessert you had. Anything with coconut ice cream is a-okay with me. Yum!

  • Jim

    I was there twice a few weeks ago and it was great. At least as good as before and dare I say….better. Christiano is very personable and like you said he has a lot of ideas some of which are already in play. He expanded the dining area and you can now enter from the beach side. He took an established great restaurant and made it even better. The mac and cheese was to kill for.

    I wish them a lot of luck but I don’t think he is going to need luck, his skills are shinning. Thanks for doing this piece Rebecca because many I talked to didn’t even know that the Lazy Croc had reopened. I didn’t, until a friend asked if I wanted to go to lunch with him there. I told some other friends and they didn’t know, we went back again. (on a different day, even I couldn’t eat that much)

    • Belize Blog

      I agree with all of that Jim. You are right…I didn’t know it had new owners or was re-opened until I ran into Christiano in town. And the mac and cheese is DELICIOUS. The real deal. Thanks for your comment.