These 19 Birmingham BBQ joints are the ultimate Memorial Day pitstop

bbq2 These 19 Birmingham BBQ joints are the ultimate Memorial Day pitstop

Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, y’all. Whether you’re spending it out on the lake, at the pool or at home on your back porch– no holiday weekend is complete without some good old fashioned Southern barbecue.

Keep reading for all the best spots around the Birmingham area to get the best BBQ in town.

This guide was originally created in December 2021 and was last updated in May 2023.

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 in Trussville and Irondale. Scroll to #9 for the details.

Where: 1571 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, AL 35216
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:30AM-8PM | Sunday 11AM-8PM

2. Bob Sykes Bar-B-Que

Bob Sykes
Consider your lunch plans made. (Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q’s on Facebook)

From pit to plate, Bob Sykes is a Bessemer staple cooking up delicious barbecue and homemade sides. Enjoy combos like the Big Bob Special with large barbecue sandwich, choice 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-ee’s

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
Open 24 hours
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4. Carlile’s BBQ

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Carlile’s BBQ has been serving Southern favorites since 1945. (Carlile’s BBQ on Facebook)

“Where every butt counts.” If Carlile’s slogan doesn’t draw you in, their menu definitely will. Filled with favorites like smoked brisket, fried pickles and ribs, this downtown Birmingham staple has been around for over 70 years– and they know a thing or two about barbecue.

Top choice: BBQ chicken sandwich with Carlile’s sauce

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

Creekside BBQ
To-die-for mac ‘n cheese. (Cecilia Wood/ 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: Tuesday-Saturday 11AM-8PM
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6. Demetri’s BBQ

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For all your barbecue needs. (Demetri’s BBQ on Facebook)

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. (Dreamland BBQ on Facebook)

You’ll love whatever you order from this well-known barbecue joint. From ribs to Southern sides and their famous sauce, Dreamland has it all. Our favorites? You can’t miss the fried green tomatoes and banana pudding.

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? (Full Moon Bar-B-Que)

Full Moon BBQ is known for their delicious Southern-style eats. With Hickory wood-fired pits and fresh ingredients, Full Moon is a one-stop-shop for BBQ lovers. Don’t skip their famous chow-chow and homemade chocolate, coconut or key lime pies.

Top choice: The Big Baker– 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 in business since 1891. While they’re under new ownership as of 2023, the menu still has the same old classics. 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-8PM | Sunday 11AM-7PM
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10. Good Ole Boys

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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? Start off with some porky fries or corn nuggets and finish with a little banana pudding.

Top choice: Jumbo wings + porky fries

Where: 16634 US-280, Chelsea, AL 35043
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:30AM-8PM
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11. Jim ‘N Nicks Bar-B-Que

Jim 'N Nick's
It’s all about the pickles. (Jim ‘N Nick’s on Facebook)

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

Top choice: Bar-B-Q Chicken with white sauce + side of BBQ corn on the cob

Where: Locations
Hours: Varies by location
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12. 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.

Top choice: BBQ chicken plate

Where: 4817 Pinson Valley Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35215
Monday-Wednesday 5:30AM-6PM | Thursday-Friday 5:30AM-7PM | Saturday 6AM-5:30PM

13. Martin’s 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. (Martin’s BBQ’s on Facebook)

Fresh barbecue made daily, check out Martin’s menu full of classics like brisket, smoked bologna and fried catfish. Want to switch it up? Try the redneck taco– a cornbread hoecake with your choice of smoked meat and topped with slaw and Jack’s Creek sauce.

Need enough to serve a crowd? Martin’s is kicking off summer with catering feasts that serve any size crowd. Including a variety of smoked meats such as ribs, turkey and brisket, as well as classic Southern sides, and sweet treats, view the full menu here. Pick up your Memorial Day weekend orders anytime between Friday, May 26 and Monday, May 29.

Top choice: Smoked chicken wings

Where: 3029 Pump House Rd, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243
Hours: Daily, 11AM-9PM
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14. 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. (Pat Byington/ 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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15. Moe’s Original BBQ

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The perfect wings to pair with an ice-cold beer. (Moe’s BBQ- Lakeview on Facebook)

Love wings? Moe’s offers crispy smoked wings in mild or make-you-sweat spicy. Don’t skip the cornbread—it’s delicious. Our favorite? The redneck nachos– BBQ chips topped with pork, jalapeños, onions, scallions, BBQ sauce and queso.

Top choice: Redneck nachos

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

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Pulled Pork Plate at Rodney Scott’s BBQ. (Jacob Blankenship/ 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
Daily, 11AM-8PM
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17. Uncle Sam’s BBQ

If you find yourself in Hueytown, make a pitstop at Uncle Sam’s BBQ. Smoking meats is their specialty– stop by for daily specials featuring 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

18. Saw’s

Saw's BBQ
Saw’s BBQ never lets us down. (Matthew Niblett/ 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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19. Roadside BBQ

This BBQ joint is the real deal. If you’re ever traveling down 1st Avenue North through East Lake looking for lunch, stop by Roadside. Serving up fan favorites like St. Louis style ribs and hickory smoked wings with Alabama white sauce, you’ll clean the plate at Roadside.

Top choice: Smoked chicken with white sauce

Where: 7303 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35206


Contributors to this story include Patience Itson and Grace Howard.

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