SAW’s named best wing spot in Alabama by

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SAW’s famous smoked wings

Another popular Magic City restaurant or in this case “joint” received accolades from a national online publication.

SAW’s BBQ, a beloved Birmingham institution was recognized last month by as the “Best Wing Spot” in the state of Alabama.

Bham Now interviewed SAW’s general manager Randy Hrhut at the Saw’s Juke Joint Crestline location about what makes their wings special.

“It’s the rub, it really is.

The rub that we use is Mike Wilson’s (SAW’s owner) recipe. We then throw them on the grill, get them good and cooked, tender, then flash fry  before we serve them. They come out of the fryer, we toss them in our red barbecue sauce. and then drizzle the white barbecue sauce on top,” stated Hrhut

Customer reactions

We get a lot of jaw-drops.

People that have had the wings for the first time – they are amazed.  It is not your typical wing.  People sometimes expect a hot wing, they get a pleasant surprise,” Hrhut concluded.

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SAW’s Juke Joint in Crestline – photo by Pat Byington

There are three Saw’s locations in Birmingham area.

SAW’s Juke Joint in Crestline
SAW’s BBQ in Homewood
SAW’s Soul Kitchen in Avondale

Along with the permanent locations, SAW’s also has a Food Truck called SAW’s Street Kitchen

According to Hearst Magazines and Digital, the owner of, the food lovers website’s traffic places the site as a top 10 food-related destination online.

This is the second time SAW’s has appeared in one of’s national lists.  In 2016, SAW’s made’s – The Best BBQ Joints in Every State in the U.S. (and DC!) list.

SAW’s “Best”  lists keeps growing

Along with the lists, SAW’s is racking up an impressive “Best” list that includes:

Men’s Journals – Best Barbecue Spots in the US

Paul Deen’s  – The Best Barbecue Across America


Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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