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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.
2. Bob Sykes Bar-B-Que
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
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
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
5. Creekside BBQ
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
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
7. Dreamland BBQ
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
8. Full Moon BBQ
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.
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
10. Good Ole Boys
Fresh, flavorful and Southern—what more could you ask for in a barbecue joint?
Top choice: jumbo wings + porky fries
11. Johnny Ray’s BBQ
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
12. Jim ‘N Nicks Bar-B-Que
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
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
14. Martins Bar-B-Que Joint
Fresh barbecue made daily, enjoy Martin’s menu featuring brisket, burgers, tacos and more.
Top choice: smoked chicken wings
15. 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—including their signature white sauce.
Top choice: pork sandwich with deviled eggs + banana pudding for dessert.
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
17. Rodney Scott’s
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
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
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
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