Five Star BBQ Company

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Five Star BBQ

Five Star BBQ

2015 has certainly brought me good fortune when it comes to BBQ places.  A few weeks after trying a great new place in Holladay, I finally made it down to Orem to try well recommended Five Star Barbecue.  When it comes to ranking my favorite BBQ places, I boil it down to three different categories:  meat, sides, and sauce.  For the meats I like to see a good variety, and I like the establishment to do multiple meats very well.  I love to get a plate with 2-3 different proteins on it.  For the sides, I like to see a little imagination and creativity.  Not just your standard french fries, mashed potatoes, baked beans, and corn bread.  For sauces most BBQ places in the state will provide a sweet, house, or spicy sauce, but few offer much beyond that.  Famous Dave’s is the exception, but I’ve never been a huge fan of them.  Five Star barbecue has absolutely nailed down 2 of the 3 hands down, and the 3rd is most likely exceptional as well, but I have to reserve judgement until I’ve had a chance to try their other offerings.  (They only had brisket and pulled pork when I was there, chicken and ribs were out)

The menu board

The menu board

Few things to point out here on their menu.  They have an attractive and well priced kids menu.  I had two little tykes with me and was able to order them both plates that came with just enough meat along with a drink for under $4 bucks.  As far as I know, that is cheaper than the other BBQ places I’ve been to.  Another thing that is important to note are the side options.  Five Star offers some unique items here that I tried and loved, and will get to a bit further down in my review.

Sauce Fridge

Sauce Fridge

I really enjoyed this sauce fridge in the dining room.  I tried a few of them out like the balsamic and Alabama sauces on some of my pork as well as dipping sauce for my french fries.  There are 6-8 options in total, all of them were outstanding.

Dave Anderson Sandwich

Dave Anderson Sandwich

My wife went with the Dave Anderson sandwich along with a side of “brunswick stew” which was a smorgasbord of veggies, beans, and protein.  The fact that Five Star offers the stew as a side option is spectacular, although you can order a bowl by itself.  In terms of soups, it’s probably some of the best meaty, chili soup I’ve ever had, and would definitely kill the competition in any cook-off.  The Dave Anderson is labeled as a sandwich, but was a little too big to be eaten as one.  My wife was more successful deconstructing it and using the garlic bread as a side, and then dousing the pulled pork and cole slaw with sauce.  She loved the dish!

Two meat platter with creamed corn

Two meat platter with creamed corn

Another stand out from the sides menu was the creamed corn.  I tasted a little bit of it before diving into my meats, and it was so good, I finished the entire bowl before touching anything else.  This was one of the most outstanding sides you will find in Utah.  The brisket and pork were fantastic and even better with the Five Star BBQ sauce.  My only sadness was not being able to try the chicken or ribs.

Kids Plate

Kids Plate

Finally my two-year old’s plate from the kids menu.  He is definitely of my blood line based on his love for Mac & Cheese.  At least 20% of my body consists of Mac & Cheese today, and when located on the menu, I order it with no questions asked.  Five Star has some great Mac & Cheese.  My son stuffed the brisket down so fast he almost choked on it.

Granted BBQ has always been one of my favorite foods since I was a young kid, and based on trusted reviews from some friends, I came into my lunch at Five Star fully expecting to enjoy it.  Aside from not having ribs ready, everything exceeded my expectations and I will definitely be back.

 

One comment

  1. Totally agree with your review! We are lucky to live less than 10 min from 5 star and it is our favorite BBQ place for the past few years. Definitely make it back to try the chicken and ribs. Only downer is that they do run out of things frequently. I’m a sucker for the creamed corn, too!

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