These 19 barbecue spots near Birmingham make the ultimate pitstop

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Saw's BBQ
When you’re in the mood for barbecue, Saw’s is a must-visit spot. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

From pork sandwiches dripping with sauce to gooey Mac + cheese and flavorful banana pudding, barbecue is a true Southern staple. If you’re looking for yummy eats, here are the top spots in and around Birmingham to place your order.

1. Archie’s Bar-B-Que & Burgers

Formerly Golden Rule, this Hoover location changed its name in 2020 to become Archie’s Bar-B-Q & Burgers. Still under the same management, the food is just as tasty as always. 

Top choice: jumbo pork sandwich with sweet & sour coleslaw. Don’t forget the sweet tea!

*Golden Rule is still in business. Scroll to #9 for the details.

Where: 1571 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, AL 35216
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:30AM-8PM | Sunday 11AM-8PM
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2. Bob Sykes Bar-B-Que

Bob Sykes
Consider your lunch plans made. Photo via Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q’s Facebook

From pit to plate, Bob Sykes cooks up delicious barbecue and sides, which makes it a must when in Bessemer. Enjoy combos like the Big Bob Special with large barbecue sandwich, choir of two sides and a drink.

Top choice: smoked turkey sandwich

Where: 1724 9th Ave N, Bessemer, AL 35020
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10:30AM-8PM | Friday-Saturday 10:30AM-9PM
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3. Buc-ees

A convenience store may not seem like the ideal place to order barbecue, but when it comes to Buc-ee’s in Leeds, we all know rules don’t apply.

Top choice: brisket sandwich

Where: 6900 Buc-ee’s Blvd, Leeds, AL 35094
Hours:
Open 24 hours
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4. Carlile’s BBQ

“Where every butt counts.” If Carlile’s slogan doesn’t draw you in, their menu definitely will. It’s filled with barbecue faves like pork, brisket and chicken sandwiches and extras like burgers and fried pickles.

Top choice: BBQ nachos

Where: 3511 6th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30AM-3PM
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5. Creekside BBQ

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Creekside BBQ. Pelham. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Located at Oak Mountain in Pelham, this spot offers a variety of smoked meats, such as Alabama-style chicken, North Carolina pork and Memphis-kissed ribs. Throw in chef-inspired sides, soulful music and good vibes and Creekside will be your new favorite barbecue pitstop.

Top choice: pork plate with a side of feta potato salad

Where: 1020 Oak Mountain Park Rd, Pelham, AL 35124
Hours: Monday-Thursdays 11AM-8PM | Friday-Saturday 11AM-9PM
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6. Demetri’s BBQ

Demetri’s BBQ has been serving up all things delicious in Birmingham for over 50 years. With daily specials and incredible flavors, people come from all over to experience what makes this restaurant a beloved spot.

Top choice: pork plate with a side of coconut cream pie

Where: 1901 28th Ave S, Homewood, AL 35209
Hours: Monday-Saturday 6AM-4:30PM | Sunday 9:30AM-2PM
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7. Dreamland BBQ

Dreamland BBQ
There’s nothing like a day of football and good food. Photo via Dreamland BBQ’s Facebook

You’ll love whatever you order from this well-known barbecue joint. From ribs to Southern sides and desserts, they’ve got it all. 

Top choice: hickory-smoked ribs

Where: Locations
Hours: Varies by location
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8. Full Moon BBQ

Birmingham, Full Moon Bar-B-Que
What’s your go-to choice? Photo via Full Moon Bar-B-Que

Full Moon BBQ is known for their delicious Southern-style eats. With Hickory wood-fired pits and fresh ingredients, how could it not be?

Top choice: pork barbecue sandwich. Extra hungry? Order the large—it’s huge and you’ll devour every bite.

Where: Locations
Hours: Varies by location
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9. Golden Rule 

One of the oldest barbecue restaurants in Alabama, Golden Rule has been n business since 1891. What are they known for? Their delicious pit-cooked barbecue and banana pudding. 

Top choice: hickory chicken sandwich

Where: 2504 Crestwood Blvd, Irondale, AL 35210
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:30AM-7PM | Sunday 11AM-7PM
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10. Good Ole Boys

Good Ole Boys BBQ
Porky fries are hard to resist. Photo via Good Ole Boys BBQ

Fresh, flavorful and Southern—what more could you ask for in a barbecue joint?

Top choice: jumbo wings + porky fries

Where: 16634 US-280, Chelsea, AL 35043
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:30AM-8PM
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11. Johnny Ray’s BBQ

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How can you resist? Photo via Johnny Ray’s BBQ – Colonnade

For barbecue you won’t forget, head to Johnny Ray’s at the Colonnade on Highway 280. With yummy and classic Southern comfort food, how could you go wrong? 

Top choice: boneless wings basket with fries

Where: 3431 Colonnade Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35243
Hours:
Monday-Thurdsay 11AM-8PM | Friday 11AM-7PM
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12. Jim ‘N Nicks Bar-B-Que

Jim 'N Nick's
It’s the pickles that make it. Photo via Jim ‘N Nick’s Facebook

Thanks to their mind-blowing cheese biscuits, I will forever be a Jim ‘N Nicks fan. While I could make a meal of just these delectable biscuits, there is plenty more on the menu to try like Beef Brisket and Classic Spare Ribs.

Top choice: brisket chili cheese fries

Where: Locations
Hours: Varies by location
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13. Ken’s Hickory Pit Barbecue

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

This neighborhood nook is a great place to grab a quick bite and satisfy your cravings for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I’ve never been to Ken’s, but the way people rave about it, it’s definitely on my must-try list.

Top choice: BBQ chicken plate

Where: 4817 Pinson Valley Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35215
Hours:
Monday-Wednesday 5:30AM-6PM | Thursday-Friday 5:30AM-7PM | Saturday 6AM-5:30PM
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14. Martins Bar-B-Que Joint

An order of ribs, french fries and mac n cheese from Martin's BBQ
This could feed me for two dinners. Photo via Martin’s BBQ ‘s Facebook

Fresh barbecue made daily, enjoy Martin’s menu featuring brisket, burgers, tacos and more.

Top choice: smoked chicken wings

Where: 3029 Pump House Rd, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243
Hours: Daily, 11AM-9PM
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15. Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Miss Myra's BBQ Chicken
Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q’s white sauce is always a top pick. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

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—including their signature white sauce.

Top choice: pork sandwich with deviled eggs + banana pudding for dessert.

Where: 3278 Cahaba Heights Rd, Birmingham, AL 35243
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11AM-7PM
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16. Moe’s Original BBQ

Love wings? Moe’s BBQ is a must. Get 6, 12 or more in mild or make-you-sweat spicy. Be sure to add fries—they’re delicious.

Top choice: wing platter with fries + collard greens

Where: Locations
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 11AM-9:30PM | Thursday-Saturday 11AM-10:30PM
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17. Rodney Scott’s

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Pulled Pork Plate at Rodney Scott’s BBQ. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

It’s nearly impossible to have a barbecue guide without mentioning Rodney Scott’s. Here you’ll find South Carolina-style vinegar-based barbecue that will have you craving more.

Top choice: smoked chicken wings

Where: Locations
Hours:
Daily, 11AM-9PM
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18. Uncle Sam’s BBQ

If you find yourself in Hueytown, make a pitstop at Uncle Sam’s BBQ. Their menu is loaded with specials for each day of the week with everything from rib plates to pork or chicken sandwich plates.

Top choice: rib & chicken plate

Where: 3043 Allison-Bonnett Memorial Dr, Hueytown, AL 35023
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10AM-8PM | Sunday 10AM-7PM
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19. Saw’s

Saw's BBQ
Saw’s BBQ never lets us down. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Whether you choose to eat at Saw’s BB, Soul Kitchen or Saw’s Juke Joint, you’ll be glad you paid them a visit. Enjoy all the barbecue essentials like pulled pork sandwiches, smoked chicken plates and all the sides.

Top choice: smoked chicken with white sauce

Where: Locations
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