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As barbecue grows in popularity, the competition for customers fires some intense creativity.  There's also no substitution for good old-fashion know how.  Classics are classics for a reason, and, when done well, hold their own.  From grandma's family recipe to scientific concoctions from formally trained chefs, there are ton's of mind-blowing, mouth watering bites that you have to try.  This list highlights the most delicious chase worthy delights in Alabama.  Enjoy and let me know what you think deserves to be on this list.  I don't want to miss a thing!


Great barbecue joints can't be one dimensional.  These dishes help their joints stand out and belong on the silver platter of best eats!


Heards BBQ & Soul Food

Don't worry about what to order.  It's all DYNOMITE!


Jim's Hwy 82 Barbecue

The Big Jim, a half-pound sandwich on a giant bun.  


Hog Wild Beach & BBQ

Old school preparation, smoky with bark, yet tender and moist.


Big Bob Gibson's

Not a lot of brisket in Alabama I'd chose over pork.  This one I would!

Best Smoked Chicken 

Hog Wild Beach & BBQ

No sauce required!  It's deliciousness needs no help.

Best Smoked Turkey 

Rodney Scott's BBQ

We expect nothing less from a James Beard winner.

Best Ribs 

Smokey C's

Tender, juicy, and so good there's no need for sauce.

Best Sauce


The godfather of all sauces!

Best Red Sauce

Jim's Hwy 82 Barbecue

Perfectly balanced with deep flavor and just enough spice to liven your taste buds.

Best White Sauce

Big Bob Gibson's

Smooth and light, keep a bottle in the fridge for all sorts of uses.

Best Golden Sauce 

Sam's Smokehouse

A take on Carolina gold that absolutely slaps on pork!

Best Vinegar Sauce

Martin' s Bar-B-Que

If you're not a fan of vinegar sauce, this one could change your mind.

Best Fries


Hand-cut, hot, fresh, and just something about the smell.

Best Onion Rings

Sho'Nuff BBQ

Battered, crispy, and hot!  Nothing comes close.

Best Slaw 

Bunyan's Bar-B-Que

Up your expectations with this spicy, yellow slaw that's totally unique.

Best Baked Beans

Smokehouse Pit Barbecue

Flavorful, thick, and meaty.  The model for a side of vegetables.

Best Potato Salad 

Big Bob Gibson's

Red potatoes in a creamy mayo that's smooth and indulgent.

Best Mac n Cheese


Spiral pasta covered in a rich, delectable cheese blend.

Best Grits

Porky's Pride

Course ground, rich, creamy, and, most importantly, cheesy!

Best Greens

Rodney Scott's BBQ

How can anyone make collard greens taste this good?

Best Baked Potato 

Green Top Bar-B-Q

Top it with pork and get the white sauce.

Best Cornbread

Heards BBQ & Soul Food

Corny, creamy, and absolutely delicious!

Best Desserts

Ole Hickory BBQ

We recommend the coconut, but they're all outrageous!

Best Unique Dish

Saw's Soul Kitchen

Pork N Greens - fried onions, on pulled pork, on

collard greens, on grits.  Amazing!

All TABC lists are living, breathing entities.  They may change frequently based on reader recommendations and my own personal discoveries.  Thoughts and suggestions are always welcome so don't be shy.  We're all in this together!

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