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Mar 26, 2013 08:25 AM

Alabama BBQ Bracket

Since it's the season, it's time to have a bit of fun.

I just stumbled across this today so we're a bit behind here but if your favourite place is still in the running, give 'em a boost.

I got Dreamland FTW


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  1. Hopefully, my two favorites will make it all the way. Jim n Nick's of Birmingham and the Shed of Mobile.

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      Big Bob Gibson & LA BBQ are my 2 favs!

      BTW, the only Dreamland that I think it worth it is the original in Tuscaloosa. All the others I've been to just aren't the same.

      1. re: chloebell

        The only one I've been to is in Huntsville. Through several dozen visits I've only had 1 bad meal. It was during a time where they had started to slide. We spoke with someone who was in town (bumped into him at Costco) from T-town to "Retrain" people.


    2. Rusy's over Saw's is a load of horse manure. Saw's has them beat in every category (note, I don't really include "barbecue chicken" as barbecue - must be swine or cow in my book).

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      1. re: Dax

        I ate at Saws years ago when in B-ham. I know I ate there but remember little else. IOW, it didn't leave much of an impression. One way or the other.


        1. re: Davwud

          Fair enough but I have eaten at the 3 Saw's locations about 10 times and only one had a bad meal.

          1. re: Dax

            I'll certainly try it again with no problem. Maybe it was just the location, the day or whatever. I know it has a good rep so deserves further investigation.
            It was being considered last time we were in B-ham but we opted for Green Acres.


      2. The whole bracket is a sham. People's choice vs educated voting.

        I'd be embarrassed to give the final four to a friend from out-of-state.

        The best, most authentic Alabama-stle BBQ joints aren't even represented.

        Early exits for Archibalds, Saw's, & Brick Pit show the stupidity of John Q Public. They'd rather vote for the nearest familiar franchised brick and mortar BBQ restaurant bc it's in/near their hometown.

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        1. re: meat4dinner

          I actually like the pulled pork and ribs at Jim and Nicks even though it's a chain. And their habanero sauce is delicious when mixed in with their regular sauce.

          Brick Pit's pulled pork was really damn good the one time I went, but the sauce was so thick and sweet (even the spicy one) that is was worthless. Luckily I requested unsauced and although I prefer a little more vinegar, was still good without the sauce albeit a little dry.

          Have not been to the Ttown Dreamland, but the one in Birmingham is weak unless you like chewy wood grilled ribs, rather than real barbecued ribs.

          1. re: Dax

            The ribs never claim to be BBQ. They're slow cooked OVER hardwood. Not with smoke.

            I find them chewy but in a good way. I've only ever been to the HSV location.


            1. re: Davwud

              They are called "Dreamland Bar-b-que Ribs" and the first page of their website reads: "Since 1958, we've been serving the best bar-b-que ribs you could ever hope to eat!"

              To me, barbecue means smoked, low and slow. I know they go on to say they are grilled over hardwood. Semantics I guess.

              Edit: I'm definitely not a "fall off the bone" guy and like a little pull to my ribs, but I feel like I'm a dog gnawin' an old bone when trying to get the meat off of the BHM Dreamland ribs.

              1. re: Dax

                They aren't that tough in Huntsville. My FIL didn't like them because he said they weren't "Fully cooked." He also took issue with them for something else. He's the type that no fact will ever stand in the way of his opinion though.


                1. re: Davwud

                  My SO is the same way. He says that ribs aren't cooked properly unless they fall off the bone.

                  IMO, that's not true. In fact, I think I've read somewhere that that's a demerit in some BBQ judging contests.

                  I like a little pull here and there!

                  And the original Dreamland in TTown is the best. All the other Dreamland's just try.......

        2. The only one on the list I have been to is Phil's in Eufaula and I think it's prettty good.

          Anybody ever eat at Larry's in Dothan? I love that place, we plan our trips to Florida so that we can stop for lunch.