There are a slew of barbecue restaurants in the area & we’ve been to a few….but we still have more to share! The latest is Big Al’s Texas BBQ, which opened in 2011 in Provo’s East Bay. It’s a fast casual place…order at the counter and it’s delivered to you at your table….and if you’re lucky, while you’re ordering you’ll get a sample of their Texas Toast.
The atmosphere is fun with faux storefronts and Texas ranch decor (wooden posts, cattle horns, etc.). I especially love the handwashing station…I mean, shouldn’t every barbecue place have one of those? It just makes sense, and it’s hygienic!
Beef Brisket Combo Platter with BA Beans, Creamy Sweet Corn, & Texas Toast ($9.99) – The brisket was pretty average without the smoky flavor I love. The BA Beans are pretty good with a sweet barbecue flavor and a little ground meat. The corn was creamy with lots of black pepper, but the corn almost seemed canned, not fresh.
Smoked Turkey, Pulled Pork, & Beef Brisket Combo Platter with BA Beans & Texas Toast ($16.99) – The smoked turkey was tender, as was the pulled pork, but the pork was lacking much flavor and definitely needed the addition of barbecue sauce.
Big Al’s Half Rib Rack with BA Beans & Onion Rings ($15.99) – The baby back ribs were very overcooked and tough, so much so that no one wanted to finish them. The onion “rings” were more like onion straws; they were small pieces that were easy to eat.
Pulled Pork Sandwich with BA Beans & Coleslaw (sandwich – $5.99, sides – $1.99 each) – The sandwich was okay, but definitely needed the sauce. The coleslaw was peppered with poppyseeds, which was good.
I loved Big Al’s sauce station. We tried all four kinds of sauce. They were all good, but we especially liked the Spicy and the Sweet. It’s a good thing the sauces are good because the meat needs it! Most of the meats were not very flavorful…I like a smoky barbecue, but Big Al’s wasn’t really smoky. Mr. Diner and I were divided on which meat we preferred; he liked the pork best and I liked the turkey. Overall, though, you can definitely find better barbecue places in Utah County.
Many specials are offered including a texting club where you get a free drink when you text BABBQ to 85775. Take-out and catering are available.
Big Al’s Texas BBQ
992 S University Ave
Provo, UT 84601
Entree Price: $
Average Fork Rating: 3.9
Mr. Diner: 4.5
Mrs. Diner: 3
Amazing Diner: 3.5
Sweet Diner: 5
Little Diner: 4
Guest Diner M: 3.5
Guest Diner D: 3.5