Far & Wide names Birmingham’s Miss Myra Pit Bar-B-Q ‘top pick’ for best sandwich in Alabama

Far & Wide named Miss Myra’s Bar-B-Q’s BBQ Chicken Sandwich with White Sauce as “top pick”. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Far & Wide, the popular national digital publication, announced last week their “Best Sandwich in Every State list.” The winner in Alabama… drumroll please… the BBQ Chicken Sandwich with White Sauce.

AND – where is the best place to sample a BBQ Chicken Sandwich with White Sauce in Alabama, according to Far & Wide?

Miss Myra’s Pit BBQ in Cahaba Heights.

It’s the Sauce

Far & Wide named Miss Myra’s Bar-B-Q’s BBQ Chicken Sandwich with White Sauce as “top pick”. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

A North Alabama specialty, “Alabama White Sauce” was first made famous at Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q in Decatur.  Miss Myra’s introduced the sauce to the Birmingham community in 1984. Since then, white sauce on barbecue  has become a staple, not only at Miss Myra’s, but at other BBQ  joints around the Magic City, including SAWS and Jim N Nicks.

Here is how Far & Wide described the sauce that makes the sandwich the “best” in the state.

“Located in the heart of barbecue country, Alabama is known for its whole smoked chickens and its unique white barbecue sauce. While there are dozens of recipes for this mayo-based concoction, the best place to sample it is where it all began, at Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q in Decatur.

“A handful of places in Birmingham also make a great version of this classic Northern Alabama sandwich, including our top pick: Miss Myra’s Pit Bar B-Q.”

Food Nework’s Andrew Zimmern loves Miss Myra’s BBQ

Receiving accolades from the national media is nothing new to Miss Myra’s. Food Network’s Andrew Zimmern recognized the family-run restaurant several times on his website, including a feature about their legendary banana pudding.

The recipe

Brandon at Miss Myra’s Bar-B-Q’s BBQ. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Want to make your own Alabama White Sauce?  Miss Myra’s has shared their recipe numerous times in publications throughout the years.

It really is quite simple.

Acquire the following ingredients:

2 quarts heavy-duty mayonnaise ( the kind purchased at Costco’s or Sam’s)
1 quart white vinegar
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons pepper
Slowly pour vinegar into mayonnaise, using a whisk to work out all the lumps. While whisking in vinegar, also mix in salt and pepper. Once all the lumps are gone, place mixture in refrigerator before serving to allow sauce to thicken.

Plan a visit

Far & Wide named Miss Myra’s Bar-B-Q’s BBQ Chicken Sandwich with White Sauce as “top pick”. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Better yet, plan a visit to Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q.  A Birmingham original, you will be treated, just like family, and the food, along with their legendary BBQ Chicken Sandwich with White Sauce will be unforgettable.Just ask Far & Wide, Food Network’s Andrew Zimmern and all the locals.

Hours and Location

Mon-Thurs 8am-8pm
Fri-Sat 8am-9pm

3278 Cahaba Heights Road
Birmingham, AL 35243

Author: 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.