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looking for hole in the wall iconic BBQ in alabama

traveling from panama city beach to Dothan...then Dothan to birmingham...then Birmingham to huntsville! Any help for the best ribs, the best pulled and best sandwich would be greatly appreciated for this chef traveling thru Alabama next week. I will post my opinions for all to seealong the way. Thanks in advance

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  1. I recommend Saw's in Homewood, a very close suburb of Birmingham. It's outstanding. The pulled pork is spot on, smokey and moist. They have 3 different sauces to choose from. Thin vinegary, white, and a more traditional thick. I loved them all, but the vinegar-based one was my favorite. I suggest getting 3 sandwiches, one for each sauce, and judge for yourself.

    1. My favorite is Miss Myra's in Birmingham. Just the white sauce itself is iconic. Pork sandwiches are great, but the whole (or 1/2 or 1/4) bbq chicken is amazing (especially with the white sauce), and I'm a huge fan of the ribs (not fatty like some other places *coughDREAMLANDcough*). And her pies are to die for. I had gestational diabetes, and after I gave birth her peanut butter pie was at the top of my list of foods I wanted to have immediately. The restaurant itself is great - hundreds of pig figurines are on every surface. I promise you will not be disappointed. It's located in Cahaba Heights, behind The Summit. Check out this recent article -

      http://blog.al.com/scenesource/2011/0...

      1. Gibson's BBQ in Huntsville! Make sure you try the white sauce!

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        1. re: diningwithDeliaJo

          Big Bob Gibson's in Decateur is AWESOME!!!

          1. re: diningwithDeliaJo

            No, not this one. Go to Big Bob Gibson's in Decatur.

            DT

            1. re: Davwud

              Was at Big Bob Gibson's on Hwy 31 in Decatur over the weekend. Had the pulled pork and brisket combo with baked beans and slaw for sides. Afterwards, my girlfriend and I split a piece of chocolate pie.

              The pulled pork had a good smokey flavor, was tender, and juicy. Unfortunately, it wasn't fresh out of the smoker but had spent quite some time wrapped in cellophane so had gotten a little too soft.

              The brisket had a nice smoke ring and what would've been a nice, dark bark but had also spent time in plastic wrap. What would've been a caramel, crunchy, acidic, goodness was just a sign of what could've been.

              The coleslaw was pretty average. The baked beans were quite a bit better than average.

              I'd heard a LOT about the pies here and although they were homemade, they didn't blow my socks off. That may be due to my expectations being so high.

              Overall, I'd say they've got some of the best barbecue in Alabama I've tried.

              1. re: mahalan

                I agree on the pies. Very good but probably not worth the rep.

                I think Big Bob's 2 best things are the chicken and the ribs. YMMD

                DT

                1. re: Davwud

                  LOL. Figures. The two best things are the two things I didn't try. Oh well, I'll get the chance to go again soon.

                  1. re: mahalan

                    Keep in mind that it's only my opinion that they're the two best things. But I think you can take it to the bank.....LOL

                    DT

          2. The truly iconic hole in the wall is Archibald's in Tuscaloosa. It involves a detour, is but well worth it

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            1. re: dcbbq

              If you do take the detour to Tuscaloosa for Archibald's which - I repeat - is the classic hole in the wall (5 stools, a pit and a refrigerator, byob), you will pass Chris' in Prattville on 82 and Jim's on 82 in the middle of nowhere with good barbecue, lots of original Bear Bryant pictures and posters (ALL decent barbecue places in Alabama have at least one picture of Bear Bryant) and they have real fried pies. Avoid Fat Girl's Barbecue, also on 82, despite the name.

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              Fat Girl's
              3359 Highway 82 W, Billingsley, AL 36006

              1. re: dcbbq

                We're making our first pilgrimage to Tuscaloosa on Saturday. Archibald's in Northport for post-game 'cue? Or where?

                1. re: Big Daddy

                  You have to realize that as many as 250,000 people come to Tuscaloosa from out of town for football games (maybe half that for this game), so it is hard-to-impossible to get into any restaurant after a game - and Archibald's only has 5 stools. For dinner after the game you should see if any of the places that take reservations have any openings -- these would be the more upscale places like Chuck's Fish. Actually, it is best to connect with a group that is tailgating if you can. In any event you should go to Archibald's very early and buy some ribs and some pork to go. Actually, if you have a slab or two extra of Archibald's ribs, you'll be welcome in any tailgate - and there are thousands. The tailgating starts around 8 or 9 and continues until the last game on the west coast is over. (Tailgates generally include satellite dishes and tv sets, grills, coolers, and lots of food.)

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                  Chuck's Fish
                  508 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

            2. There's a place called Mr. Crite's in Athens that I've been dying to try. We drove out there last summer but it was closed. I just called them and their regular hours are Tu - Sa 11 - 6 and Su 11 - 5.
              It's cinder block shack in the middle of nowhere. Here's a picture from another hound.
              http://www.chow.com/photos/397484

              DT

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              1. re: Davwud

                We are heading this way soon and I hope to try this!!

                1. re: wekick

                  There's a place called the Chuckwagon Diner in Fayetteville, Tn. It's about 15 mins north of the state line. Thurs - Sat they serve BBQ and it's fantastic. The place is really cool. It's two singlewides put together. There's a great smoke house out back. Ask to see it.

                  DT