Monday, February 16, 2009

Big Al's Smokehouse BBQ

DALLAS: Big Al’s Smokehouse BBQ
3125 Inwood Road
Dallas, TX 75235
Open M-Sat 11-8

Update: This joint has MOVED.

02/2009: Big Al's to me is all about Rib Basket Tuesday. They give you a heap of ribs, two sides and Texas toast for under $8, not to mention the free ice cream. The ribs here are some of the best in Dallas. They have a sweetness in the rub that causes the crust to nearly carmelize. The meat is always tender with a deep red color and intense smokiness. A slight tooth tug separates meat from bone, and the well rendered fat keeps these ribs moist. I finally convinced myself to go on a day other than Tuesday, and I ordered the sliced beef and sausage. The sausage was from Rudolph's in Dallas, and was tasty as always. The beef was just average. It was moist and tender, but the fat on the edges could have been more well rendered. The crust was well formed with a slight smokeline, but bites lacking crust had little smoke flavor. This might not be the best sliced beef in Dallas, but the beautiful and flavorful ribs will keep me coming back Tuesday after Tuesday.

Rating ***
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Anonymous said...

Big Al's is currently closed, tried to check out those ribs today. And the parking lot was all torn up. Sign said opening soon, but it might be a while from the looks of it. -mrl

BBQ Snob said...

They're opening up just down the street on Inwood.

Anonymous said...

I bought a cajun fried turkey for Christmas Eve dinner and it was as bad as it gets. Bone dry with an off taste (even though I kept in wrapped in the plastic wrapper it came in until time to eat). When we tried to carve it, it broke in two pieces! A 10 pound bird, and little meat. No way to carve in into slices. $54 including tax. A RIP OFF. I'm NEVER going there again. They should be ashamed of themselves. They don't even know they have to inject a fried turkey. OMG


Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.