About Us

True Southern Style BBQ Right Here In Des Moines, Iowa.
Since Big Al’s opened in 2012, we’ve literally been SMOKING expectations in the Des Moines, Iowa BBQ scene. The secret to Big Al’s success?

  • Southern Style BBQ
  • Inviting Atmosphere
  • You – Our Customer – is Our Top Priority
  • And #1 Rated Burgers (Yes, you read that right!)

Big Al’s BBQ began with a dream. A smoker. And a deep love of Southern Style BBQ.
We are a family-run, independent restaurant offering high-quality smoked BBQ and homemade sides, in a fun and relaxed environment. We offer a great place to meet, eat and shoot the breeze for lunch or dinner – or cheer on your favorite team during the big game. So please come on in, grab a table, dig into some BBQ (or those #1 Rated Burgers), and enjoy yourselves!

Our Background: How Big Al’s BBQ Was Born

Big Al’s was born as Hal n Al’s Q & Catering, in 2012, from the back of a tiny garage in Adel, Iowa. Al Laudencia and his Father-In-Law, Hal Chase, started it all with a dream of smoking the best beef, pork and chicken in Iowa and delivering the best catering experience imaginable. A few years, a few more meat smokers and several stacks of hickory a food trailer later, they had conquered that goal and Al forged ahead to set up shop and planted his Big Al’s BBQ & Catering flag right here in Des Moines, Iowa.

Thanks to many of their family, friends and a faithful following, they haven’t looked back — building not only a fantastic catering company, but a truly unique dining experience that they’re proud to promote through their Big Al’s brand. Their customers are their number one priority and without them, they know they wouldn’t be where they are today — one of the premier BBQ restaurants in the city…soon to be the state!

Whether you’re trying it out for the first or the fifty-first time – they’re sure to surpass your expectations! Every. Time.

They look forward to feeding you and your family soon!