Eat Out Restaurant Review: Big Al’s Texas BBQ

Big Al's Texas BBQ

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.

Big Al's Texas BBQ

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!

Big Al's Texas BBQ Beef Brisket with Sweet Corn & Beans

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.

Big Al's Texas BBQ Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, & Turkey with Beans

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 Texas BBQ Ribs with Beans & Onion Rings

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.

Big Al's Texas BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Beans & Coleslaw

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.

Big Al's Texas BBQ Sauces

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
(801) 373-0408

Entree Price:  $
Average Fork Rating:  3.9

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  1. So glad you shared this review! We live just past point of the mountain and so we’re not too far away! Shared on our FB Page too :)


  2. Thanks for the review – too bad the meat wasn’t more flavorful – had a chuckle at the onion “rings” :)

  3. This totally reminds me of some BBQ places in Texas! It looks so good. Thanks for the review. We’ll definitely need to stop by.

  4. Mmmmmmm I love meat and good BBQ which is sometimes hard to find out here! I can’t wait to head down south and try it out!

  5. Neither my wife nor I liked any of the BBQ sauces, even after mixing many. We hoped for a thicker, bolder taste.

    We loved the corn. I especially liked that the corn was not actually creamy, despite the (brief) menu description. In fact, we are trying to re-create the corn. Anyone have any ideas as to the ingredients (other than corn, butter, and pepper)?

    So far, we have not found a great BBQ place in Utah, though we have not been here long.

    Thanks for the review!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Edward. Welcome to Utah! Where did you move from?

      What BBQ places have you tried so far? Our favorite in Utah County has been 5 Star BBQ (located in Orem along Geneva Rd.). We also like the baby backs at Rib City (American Fork). Many love Bam Bam’s (Orem along State St.), but we didn’t. We’ve heard fantastic things about R&R BBQ in Salt Lake, but haven’t tried it yet.

      As to the corn, you’re right…it wasn’t very creamy. I’d have to go have it again to try to get a really good idea on the recipe, but I’d venture to guess that there is some amount of cream in there…maybe in a light roux with some flour, bacon grease, & water?

      Let me know if you find a favorite BBQ place!

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