Alabama has become a destination for barbecue lovers across the nation. As a matter of fact, Governor Bentley recently announced the creation of “The Alabama Barbecue Hall of Fame” to celebrate the great barbecue restaurants across the state. This is proof Alabama’s barbecue CAN’T BE BEAT! Many Alabama barbecue restaurants have been in business for several years. Some of these restaurants have a single location, and others have developed into successful restaurant chains. Listed below are 10 BBQ joints located throughout Alabama that are definitely worth checking out. Keep in mind, some of these restaurants may not look like much from the outside, but they serve some of the BEST barbecue you’ll ever eat! GUARANTEED!
1. Archibald's BBQ - Northport, AL
Since 1961, Archibald's BBQ has been smoking some of the BEST ribs you'll ever eat. This Alabama BBQ joint doesn't look like much from the outside, but once you take one bite of their ribs, it's a whole different story. There's a reason why "USA Today" and "Good Morning America" have named their ribs some of the BEST IN AMERICA. People have been known to drive several hours for their delicious ribs. If you're a lover of ribs, I highly recommend stopping by Archibald's BBQ. You won't regret it! Archibald's BBQ is located at 1211 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Northport, AL 35476. Hours: Tues-Thurs 10:30am-8:00pm / Fri-Sat 10:30am-9:00pm.
2. Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q - Decatur, AL
Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q was the "2014 World BBQ Champion" and it's easy to see why. They've been smoking some of the BEST barbecue for many years. They also introduced us to the famous white barbecue sauce we can't seem to get enough of. Their pulled pork and stuffed baked potatoes are beyond DELICIOUS! Great prices! Great service! Great BBQ! I highly recommend stopping by Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q if you're ever in the Decatur area. They have two locations: 1715 6th Ave SE (US Hwy 31), Decatur, AL 35601 and 2520 Danville Rd SW, Decatur, AL 35603. Hours: Every Day 9:30am-8:15pm (dine in) / 9:30am-8:30pm (drive thru)
3. Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q - Bessemer, AL
Since 1957, Bob Sykes has been known to barbecue pork and chicken the old-fashioned way--over hickory wood. Their pork sandwiches are GREAT and their special barbecue sauce is OUT OF THIS WORLD! If you love pulled pork sandwiches, you'll definitely love theirs. Also, be sure to try a slice of their famous red velvet cake. It'll literally melt in your mouth. Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q is located at 1724 9th Ave N, Bessemer, AL 35020. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10:30am-9:00pm / Fri-Sat 10:30am-10:00pm
4. Big Cove BBQ - Owens Cross Roads, AL
Big Cove BBQ is definitely a hidden gem in Alabama and serves some of the BEST pulled pork you'll ever eat! The homemade side dishes are also incredibly DELICIOUS! Elvis was a fan of this BBQ joint, and I'm sure you'll be too. Big Cove BBQ is located at 153 Taylor Rd SE, Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763. Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00am-7:00pm
5. The Brick Pit - Mobile, AL
The Brick Pit only serves the highest quality of meat available, which is why they smoke their meat up to 30 hours over a blend of hickory and pecan wood. At The Brick Pit, you'll get large portions at GREAT prices. Don't forget to try their homemade banana pudding. It's AMAZING! The Brick Pit is located at 5456 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL 36608. Hours: Tues-Thurs 11:00am-8:00pm / Fri-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm
6. Dreamland Bar-B-Que - Tuscaloosa, AL
Dreamland Bar-B-Que is an Alabama restaurant chain that offers delicious ribs, pulled pork, pork shoulders and hickory smoked sausage. The original Dreamland Bar-B-Que has a limited menu, serving foods such as ribs, hickory smoked sausage, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, white bread and banana pudding. With a casual atmosphere at all of their locations, you'll feel right at home when you dine at Dreamland Bar-B-Que. The original Dreamland Bar-B-Q is located at 5535 15th Ave E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405. Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00am-9:00pm / Sun 11:00am-9:00pm
7. Carlile's Barbecue - Birmingham, AL
Carlile's Barbecue is one of Birmingham's most historic family-owned landmarks. They've been serving some of the BEST barbecue in the Birmingham area for more than 40 years. They're known for their tender butts, old-fashioned hamburgers, hand-cut fries, homemade side dishes and delicious banana pudding. Great food at great prices is what you'll get at Carlile's Barbecue, which is located at 3511 6th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222. Hours: Mon-Fri 10:30am-3:00pm.
8. Price's Barbecue House - Auburn, AL
Since 1978, Price's Barbecue House has been serving up some of the BEST barbecue in the Auburn area. Their meats, which consist of pulled pork, chicken, turkey and ribs, are prepared the old-fashioned way--over a hickory smoke pit. All of their delicious side dishes and desserts are made daily. After one taste of their delicious Brunswick stew, you'll understand why it's legendary. This popular BBQ joint also has a delicious breakfast menu, which includes made-from-scratch biscuits, pancakes, bacon and eggs. The food served at Price's Barbecue House is truly INCREDIBLE! Price's Barbecue House is located at 345 S College St, Auburn, AL 36830. Hours: (Breakfast) Mon-Fri 7:00am-10:30am / (Lunch Only) Sat 10:00am-3:00pm / Regular Business Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00am-8:00pm
9. Down South BBQ - Foley, AL
Down South BBQ serves some of the BEST barbecue on the Gulf Coast--on the way to Alabama's beaches. This BBQ joint offers barbecue plates, sandwiches, wings, a variety of side dishes and delicious desserts such as cobbler, banana pudding and cookies. Be sure to try their cornbread sandwich. It sounds odd, but trust me. It's DELICIOUS! Down South BBQ is located at 19891 County Rd 10, Foley, AL 36535. Hours: Tues-Fri 10:00am-6:30pm / Sat 10:00am-4:00pm
10. Miss Myra's Pit Bar-B-Que - Birmingham, AL
The barbecue served at Miss Myra's Pit Bar-B-Q is AMAZING! The locals eat here, so that right there says A LOT! When you finish your meal, don't forget to get a slice of their SCRUMPTIOUS pie! Miss Myra's Pit Bar-B-Q is located at 3278 Cahaba Heights Rd, Birmingham, AL 35243. Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:00am-8:00pm / Fri-Sat 8:00am-9:00pm
Have you eaten at any of these Alabama BBQ joints? What other Alabama BBQ joints would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!