Sherman's Food Adventures: Big John's Texas BBQ

Big John's Texas BBQ

After we were done at Zion, we made our way over to Page, Arizona for 2 of the most spectacular sights in North America, if not the world.  The first would be Horseshoe Bend and its absolutely frightening drop if one got too close to the edge.  Secondly, we made a reservation at the famous Antelope Canyon (can only visit with a tour company as it is on Navejo land).  Of course we couldn't do all this without provisions, so we had a few places in mind including Big John's Texas BBQ.  This was supposed to be our dinner destination, but since our choice for lunch wasn't open, we flipped them on our schedule.

Once again, the kids weren't that hungry possibly due to the 100+ degrees Fahrenheit temperatures.   Just like at Zion, we decided to sit outside instead of the shock of A/C and then out into the heat.  So they both ended up ordering off the kids menu that featured smaller portions.  My son went for the Beef Brisket Sandwich and my daughter had the Pulled Pork Sandwich.  With all things considered, they were indeed smaller than the regular version but more than adequate.  By visuals alone, one would assume that the meats were dry.  That wasn't really the case as both fell in between dry and moist.  Furthermore, they were not sauced, so once we added the BBQ sauce, the meats were fine.  There was a noted smokiness that wasn't too strong.  Viv did go for the regular-sized Beef Brisket Sandwich and yep, it was massive.  Lots of tender smoked brisket that was slightly more moist than the kid's version.  Probably just the luck of the cut.

In my mind, I only had one option on the menu which was The Sampler.  The plate consisted of beef brisket, pulled pork, spicy link sausage and baby back pork ribs.  I really enjoyed the ribs as the meat was fall-off-the-bone tender with a balanced smoke.  The bark was tasty on its own from the rub and char.  Definitely spicy, the pork link had a nice snap and wasn't overfly greasy.  On the side, the cowboy beans were pretty good with bits of brisket while the potato salad was creamy and eggy.  Also on the table was a big bucket of Peanuts, which I proceeded to eat addictively.  Don't throw the shells on the floor thought.  That's not how they do it there!  In the end, we were full and satisfied while not spending too much cash.  A great place for a family to dine in the Page area.

The Good:
- Reasonably priced
- Solid BBQ
- Lots of seating (if you don't mind sitting outside)

The Bad:
- Meats could've been a bit more moist, but it wasn't a deal-breaker


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