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The founder, as depicted by Ben Vincent.
The founder, as depicted by Ben Vincent.

by Andrew Chalk

Tired of all the work to make Thanksgiving dinner? Look no further than Big Al’s Smokehouse BBQ, the feisty, independent, 45-year young veteren on Inwood Road (near Lemmon Avenue) that's just Big Al’s to thousands of Dallasites who have dined there.

A whole hickory smoked turkey, cornbread dressing, smashed potatoes, gravy, seasoned green beans, cranberry sauce, and fresh baked rolls for 8-10 people will set you back only $110 ($11-$13.75/head). Substitute whole Cajun fried turkey and the price is only $125. Or, for that price, choose hickory-smoked spiral ham, or hickory smoked pork loin.

At a recent media event I tried the smoked turkey and the smoked spiral ham and they were both excellent. Juicy, tasty, and the turkey was really embellished by the gravy. The smashed potatoes were chunky and creamy, and with the green beans made ideal sides. Just to add zing, there is cranberry jelly.

My meal, after I got home and reassembled it.
My meal, after I got home and reassembled it.

But wait, there’s more! As well as the included sides, Big Al’s does a mac-n-cheese that is chewiness and cheesiness to the max. I play with my food, and that means lots of ketchup on, and in, my mac-n-cheese until the ‘sauce runs red’. Big Al’s is great either way. I also spotted candied yams on the menu and some people swear by them.

In fact, you might think that Big Al’s has gone all seasonal, looking at all these goodies. Die hard barbecue fans need not worry, all of their meaty favorites are still available (including daily specials) and as delicious as ever.

Order in person, or online, or on the phone. Delivery available. Just don’t miss these specials!

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