In the name of the Year of Alabama BBQ, we traveled the state talking to the masters of the craft and learned that the story of Alabama’s ’cue can’t be told in sentences. It’s told through whiffs of smoke, buckets of sauce and friendly nods across the counter. With an upcoming screening and VIP event at the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham and a broadcast debut on Alabama Public Television, its finally time to feast your eyes on the story of how a simple dish has become the culinary anthem of a state.


Theatrical Debut at Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival
August 29, 4:30 p.m., Carver Theatre

There aren’t many things better than barbecue, beer and movies, and you can enjoy all three at the 17th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival in downtown Birmingham. This year, serious ’cue fans can forgo a regular ticket and get the Barbecue and Brews pass for an even more exclusive experience.

While seats at the premiere are not guaranteed with a regular festival day pass, the Barbecue and Brews pass promises seating at both Q – Alabama’s Barbecue Legends and Blood, Sweat and Beers, a documentary that delves into the craft beer movement of the South. Afterward, the pass gives you access to the Pig Iron After Party at the recently opened Sloss Furnaces Welcome Center where you can end your night with a little revelry and a lot of Alabama barbecue swag. Don’t forget to share your own moments at the film festival using the hashtags #alabamabbq and #sidewalk17.

Broadcast Debut on Alabama Public Television
Sept. 6, 6 p.m., with rebroadcasts Sept. 18 and 21 at 9 p.m.

Not in Birmingham to catch the screening at the Sidewalk Film Festival? The rest of the state can view the documentary on Alabama Public Television Sunday, Sept. 6. Tune in at 6 p.m. for the first-ever broadcast showing and enjoy the hickory-smoked history and stories from the comfort of your own home. Watching with friends or enjoying a plate of your favorite local ’cue during the showing? Share your photos with us using #alabamabbq on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And don’t worry if you miss the Sept. 6 premiere – you’ll have at least two more chances to catch a showing in September.

Can’t wait? Watch the trailer now at alabamabbq.com.

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