O Malad! I’ve never driven past your exit without stopping. I travel from Salt Lake City to Idaho Falls about 4-5 times a year and Malad is the exact half way point in the trip. It is quite useful for many reasons. It is a perfect place to pull over and fuel up as well as having conversations with a man about a horse. It’s also the first spot many Utah residents go to when the Power Ball gets ridiculously high. I usually just stop at one of the first two gas stations off the exit to take care of my business, but on this occasion the starter in my van picked a perfect time to just stop working. My 15 minute pit stop turned into a 6 hour one. Perfect time to turn on the ole’ radar to scope out some local eating. Didn’t take me long to find this little BBQ joint just down the street at Spero’s House of BBQ.
I was born in Idaho and know that winters there can be unforgiving. My license plate on my parent’s car reads “BRRRR”. With that said, mid-May can be flat-out awesome in the potato state. There is a reason why they call it Big Sky country. Idaho is a fantastic place to live and grow up. At Spero’s there is no “indoor” seating, it basically is a walk up kitchen with all outdoor seating. There are a few areas with fire pits for the colder months. For being an outdoors area, Spero’s keeps their space really clean and kept up nicely. A perfect little place for some BBQ.
Okay so let’s take a look at the food. First I’ll start with my favorite part of the plate and that was the pulled pork. There are two ways you can screw up pulled pork, and that is to leave it too dry, and the second is to not be meticulous when pulling it and leave chunks of fat inside. Spero’s avoids both of those pit falls. The pork was done perfectly. They give you just a big heaping of smoked pulled pork, and it was lean and juicy, as well as covered with BBQ sauce. Full points here. Of course beans go with BBQ like laser shows go with Pink Floyd. The beans weren’t fantastic, but for those that are fans of them, they were serviceable. The rice and chicken were both above average. I got two drumsticks and they were both doused with sauce and prepared nicely. The rice didn’t have a lot of bells and whistles to it, but complimented the plate nicely.
I also ordered a burger to split with some of my kids. Spero’s serves all of their sandwiches, burgers, and garlic bread using the same french bread style loaves. It makes a lot of sense from a business perspective, but I almost would have liked a different bun for the burger, it was a little thick. With that said the taste and quality of the patty was top notch. The grilled onions were a nice touch.
My wife and daughter really liked this Hawaiian chicken sandwich, but I thought it was a little off. The sauce just didn’t do it for me.
I kick myself for not trying the ribs, because while we were sitting there another family walked by with a full rack of them, and they looked excellent. I can tell Spero’s knows what they are doing with a smoker, as all of the meats were prepared very well. The sandwiches and burgers were nice compliments to the menu, but not their strong point. If you go, definitely try a plate of the different BBQ’d meats. Hey if you really feel the need to throw away $20 on lotto tickets, you might as well get some good food to eat while doing it.