15 delicious barbecue joints in Birmingham, including Saw’s Soul Kitchen and Bragg Street BBQ

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From classic pulled pork sandwiches and ribs smothered in sauce to mac and cheese and onion rings, here are 15 amazing barbecue joints in Birmingham that will make you say Mmm, Mmm, Good!

Bragg Street BBQ

If you’re seeking barbecue that is full of flavor and falls apart while you eat it, then Bragg Street BBQ is what your belly’s after.

From barbecue ribs and Boston butt to sandwiches, wings and brisket, the tasty goodness never ends at Bragg Street BBQ.

Think I’m kidding? Just check out these rave reviews that will have your mouth watering!

Address: 5492 Hwy. 280, Birmingham, AL
Contact: 205.359.0249
Hours: Mon.-Fri. – 10:30am-6pm; Sat. 11am-5pm

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Photo via Bragg Street BBQ.
Demetri’s BBQ

Demetri’s BBQ has been serving up all things barbecue in Birmingham for over 50 years. With daily specials and incredible flavor, people come from all over to experience what makes this restaurant such a beloved spot. Will you be one of them?

Address: 1901 28th Ave S., Homewood, AL 35209
Contact: 205.871.1581
Hours: Mon.-Sat. – 6am-8:30pm

Johnny Ray’s BBQ

Hickory-smoked barbecue pork, chicken and beef paired with classic Southern comfort food… oh, yes! Where can you find it? At Johnny Ray’s BBQ – a true barbecue staple in Birmingham.

Address: 3431 Colonnade Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35243
Contact: 205.968.8002
Hours: Mon.-Sat. – 11am-3pm; Sun. – 11am-3pm

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Photo via Johnny Ray’s BBQ – Colonnade.
Ken’s Hickory Pit Barbecue

Barbecue pork, chicken, smoked sausage and more can be found at Ken’s Hickory Pit Barbecue.

This no-frills neighborhood nook is a great place to grab a quick bite and satisfy your taste buds for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Address: 4817 Pinson Valley Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35215
Contact: 205.853.6488
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. – 5:30am-6pm; Fri. – 5:30am-7pm; Sat. – 6am-4:30pm

Jim N’ Nick’s Bar-B-Q

You may think Jim N’ Nick’s Bar-B-Q is one of the newer barbecue chains in Birmingham. So you may be surprised to learn that this popular restaurant first opened its doors in 1985. Since then, Jim N’ Nick’s has been cooking park “low and slow” in 34 restaurants in seven states.

From delicious pork and chicken sandwiches to those unreal cheese biscuits that no one can get enough of, Jim N’ Nick’s Bar-B-Q never disappoints!

Address: 1908 11th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35205 For the full list of locations, click here.
Contact: 205.320.1060
Hours: Sun.-Thurs. – 11am-9pm; Fri.-Sat. – 11am-10pm

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Cheese biscuit goodness! Photo via Jim N’ Nicks Bar-B-Q.
Deerman’s BBQ

Deerman’s BBQ is another leading provider of southern style barbecue with made-from-scratch sides. Try all the favorites, from barbecue pork and chicken sandwiches to hand-breaded onion rings, homemade cornbread and more!

Address: 2444 Palomino Ln., Birmingham, AL 35214
Contact: 205.798.3565
Hours: Sun.-Thurs. – 10am-9pm; Sat. – 10am-10pm

Dreamland Bar-B-Que

Want some true southern-style barbecue? You can find it at Dreamland Bar-B-Que.

Originally opening in Tuscaloosa in 1958 by John “Big Daddy” Bishop, Dreamland Bar-B-Que has been a local favorite since the beginning. Though best known for its barbecue ribs, Dreamland offers plenty more, like pulled pork, barbecue chicken, baked beans and everyone’s beloved southern dessert, banana pudding.

You know what makes Dreamland even better? You can buy Dreamland Bar-B-Q sauce so you can make your own delicious barbecue at home. Find it at all Dreamland locations and online.

Address: 1427 14th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35205. More locations.
Hours: 7 days a week – 10am-10pm

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Photo via Dreamland Bar-B-Q – Birmingham.
Saw’s Soul Kitchen

When you eat barbecue, you want it to permeate deep down to your soul. And there’s no better place to find it than at Saw’s Soul Kitchen in Avondale.

Don’t miss out on their sister restaurants and food truck! Check ’em out:

Trust me when I say, you’ll walk away with a happy belly and a smile on your face.

Address: 215 41st St. S., Birmingham, AL 35222
Contact: 205.591.1409
Hours: Mon.-Sat. – 11am-8pm; Sun. – 11am-4pm

Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Located in the heart of Cahaba Heights, you’ll find Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q . Since 1984, Miss Myra’s been serving up some of Birmingham’s best pit barbecue and homemade desserts.

While there, be sure to try their signature white sauce, which has been featured in numerous print publications and several TV shows. Andrew Zimmern (who was just in town, by the way!) is also a fan of Miss Myra’s white sauce, calling it “legendary”. Zimmern also called the banana pudding “the best in the world” and the pies “dessert heaven”. He’s not the only one!

Address: 3278 Cahaba Heights Rd., Birmingham, AL 35243
Contact: 205.967.6004
Hours: Mon.-Fri. – 8am-8pm; Sat. – 8am-9pm

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Banana pudding from Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q. Photo via Deep Fried Kudzu.
Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q

Ever since, Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q has received numerous awards and recognition for their incredible barbecue.

In fact, Bob Sykes was voted as the number one barbecue sauce and the barbecue pork sandwich was chosen as one of the “100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die”.

Better get it while you’re still alive and kickin’, y’all!

Address: 1724 9th Ave N., Bessemer, AL 35020
Mon.-Thurs. – Fri.-Sat. – 10:30am-10pm

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Big Bob Special. Photo via Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q.
Full Moon BBQ

There are many reasons why barbecue fans are obsessed with Full Moon Bar-B-Que. Quality meats cooked low and slow over a hickory wood-fired pit.. Award-winning barbecue sauce… Are you starting to understand?

And check this out. Full Moon’s vinaigrette slaw and Half Moon cookies are among “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die”. If that doesn’t ensure how good it is, I don’t know what does!

Address: 525 25th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35233. More locations.
Contact: 205.324.1007
Hours: Mon.-Fri. – 10am-5:30pm

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Costa’s Famous Bar-B-Q

Get ready for some old-fashioned barbecue at Costa’s Famous Bar-B-Q.

Try the bite-sized ribs smothered in Costa’s Famous BBQ sauce or Costa’s Famous Pig in a Potato – two items that won’t disappoint!

Address: 613 Springville Rd., Birmingham, AL 35215
Contact: 205.853.9933
Hours: 7 days a week – 10am-10pm

Moe’s Original Bar B Que

Moe’s Original Bar B Que came to life after three Alabama boys crossed paths at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Known as a southern soul food revival, Moe’s serves up delicious barbecue, including wings (6, 12, 30 or 50 count!) How many wings can you handle?

Address: 731 29th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35233. More locations.
Contact: 205.252.5888
Hours: Sun.-Wed. – 11am-9:30pm; Thurs.-Sat. – 11am-10:30pm

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Photo via Moe’s Original Bar and BBQ.
Carlile’s BBQ

Established in 1945, Carlile’s Barbecue is the longest running barbecue join in Birmingham. That’s 70 years of barbecue expertise at the grill!

Today, the history and original recipes of Carlile’s Barbecue lives on, while still offering new modern flare and delicious eats.

Address: 3511 6th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35222
Contact: 205.254.9266
Hours: Mon.-Fri.– 10:30am-3pm

Rusty’s Bar-B-Q

Rusty’s Bar-B-Q in Leeds offers retro decor, a warm vibe and great food. Meat is slow smoked over hickory on an open brick pit and dished up with all the traditional barbecue sides like sweet baked beans, mac and cheese and fried okra. Yum!

You can also rent out their food truck for personal catering events.

Address: 7484 Parkway Dr., Leeds, AL 35094
Contact: 205.699.4766
Hours: 7 days a week – 9:30am-9:30pm

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