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Big Al's offers them big and smoky for the grizzled workingman. The eponymous sandwich comes with two meats wedged into a po-boy bun. The meat combos extend to the dinners. How about a three-meat meal of turkey, chopped beef and ribs? Everything is served cafeteria-line style, but the station hands are at the disposal of customers. You want a heaping mound of pulled pork with a one-pound, overstuffed potato? It's yours. Big Al's wants you to be happy, not hungry.
I walked in, and was immediately overcome by a delicious smoky aroma. The interior is much nicer and has much more ambiance than the exterior would lead you to believe. It's by no means a five star restaurant, but it's not a hole-in-the-wall either.
Big Al's has daily specials, and Tuesday's special is a $9.99 Pork Rib Basket with two sides. Who could say no to that? I ordered the special, complete with barbecue beans and potato salad.
The barbecue beans came with big chunks of diced ham mixed in, so this was definitely not a vegetarian option. They were a little sweet, which paired well with the savory ham. My potato salad was both creamy and crunchy, and there was a good amount of seasoning to it, too.
The rib basket came with six big, meaty ribs, and the charred crust was beckoning me to inhale them. The ribs had a great crust that was slightly caramelized and also had a little kick to it. Although the ribs didn't need any sauce, I decided to sample it anyway just for the sake of completeness. Vinegar seemed to be the primary focus of the barbecue sauce, though not overpowering.
As far as ribs go, Big Al's Smokehouse has some of the best I've had in Dallas.
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I wanted a light lunch the other day, so I went in search of barbecue. Felt like a two-meat kind of day, ya know? I heard Big Al's Smokehouse was a thing to behold, so it was ironic to me that I was having a hard time seeing it as I passed auto... More »
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