Featured Restaurants


  • Albertville

  • Wilson's BBQ

    900 Highland Ave, Albertville, AL 35951
    (256) 878-5213

    Wilson’s Barbecue offers up barbecue quick through its drive-thru window. But that smoky taste doesn't come so fast. Owners Fred and Mickey Henly cook the meat over the long hours of the night so customers can grab it and go. They do have a few picnic tables under shady trees for eat-it-now types. And you may want to. The sandwiches are piled with chopped pork and vinegar slaw, and you choose the sauce: a Carolina vinegar, a thick red hickory or a sauce with just enough heat to burn a bit going down. More


  • Athens

  • LawLers Barbecue

    1506 Highway 72 East, Athens, AL 35611
    (256) 233-1818

    So what makes a great barbecue sandwich? For many, it’s tender and juicy pork with a distinctive smoked flavor, plus a mix of inside and outside meats, tucked in a soft bun substantial enough to not fall apart. LawLers offers just that, and you'll find one of the best sandwiches anywhere at this fast-food-style barbecue joint. LawLers adds thick-cut dill pickle slices and a finely chopped vinegar slaw that is refrigerator cold alongside the hot, briney hunks of smoked meat. More

    Barbecue, Seafood

  • Birmingham

  • Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q

    1724 Ninth Ave. N., Bessemer, AL 35020
    (205) 426-1400

    Since 1957, Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q has served barbecue pork and chicken slow-cooked over hickory wood. Today, Bob's son, Van, runs the business, which is credited with establishing one of the first drive-thru operations in the United States. More

    Barbecue, BBQ

  • Full Moon Bar-B-Que

    525 25th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35233
    (205) 324-1007

    The moon never sets on this hickory-smoked barbecue eatery with outposts around the state. Former Alabama football coach Pat James opened the first location on Birmingham’s Southside in the mid-1980s. David Maluf, one of the current owners, said, “The one distinctive thing about every Full Moon is the way we cook the food. All our meats are cooked fresh on an open wood-burning pit every day. When you see a Full Moon, you expect to see smoke.” But that’s not all. The Half-Moon cookies and carrot cakes are made fresh daily. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • Golden Rule Bar-B-Q

    2506 Crestwood Blvd., Irondale, AL 35210

    The oldest continuously operating restaurant in Alabama got its start as a roadhouse to the east of Birmingham. When Golden Rule opened its doors in 1891 on the dirt road to Atlanta, the Williams family served up pit-cooked barbecue and sold beer and cigarettes to travelers. Walk into the large restaurant today and you’ll see the enormous red pit in the center of the room. It’s the focus of the restaurant. Mike Booker, who has stoked fires at the Irondale location for more than 25 years as pit master, likes it that way. He puts the butts on in the mornings for the seven-hour process. More

    Barbecue, BBQ

  • Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q

    Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q

    1908 11th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
    (205) 320-1060

    Walk into any Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q location for the first time and you’ll notice that it isn't your typical barbecue joint. The brick-and-wood décor and blues and Southern rock playing in the background offer a slightly more upscale experience than you might expect. The basket of hot and crusty cheese biscuits serves as a complimentary appetizer to any meal. The meats include a parade of Southern barbecue: pulled pork, Carolina-style pork, Texas-style beef brisket, Morgan County (Alabama) barbecue chicken and turkey, smoked ham, and the option to choose between classic spare ribs (“marbled, brined, seasoned and smoked”) or baby back ribs (“most tender rib meat seasoned with hickory”). More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • Saw's BBQ

    Saw's BBQ

    1008 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209
    (205) 879-1937

    Chef Mike Wilson started cooking as a teenager at a cafe inside the store where his mom worked. He attended Johnson and Wales University, later taking jobs at Dean & DeLuca and Cooking Light before turning his barbecue hobby into a business. Saw's barbecue is North Carolina-style and served in a signature vinegar-based sauce. While you can only get Saw’s pulled pork, ribs, chicken with white sauce, stuffed potatoes and home-style sides in the restaurant, Saw's Sauce is available online, in stores across Alabama and at other retailers throughout the country. Saw’s also boasts two sister restaurants in Birmingham – Saw’s Soul Kitchen and Saw’s Juke Joint. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining, Seafood

  • Blount Springs

  • Top Hat Barbecue

    8725 U.S. 31, Hayden, AL 35079
    (256) 352-9919

    Top Hat Barbecue sits 30 miles north of Birmingham on U.S. Highway 71. Owned by Dale Pettit, whose father became the third owner of the restaurant when he purchased it in 1967, the barbecue joint has been a local institution since 1952. Smoked over hickory wood, Top Hat's meat paired with red barbecue sauce is a longtime local favorite. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • Boaz

  • Dale's BBQ

    10850 AL Highway 168, Boaz, AL 35957
    (256) 593-1168

    Dale's BBQ has been voted the best barbecue on Sand Mountain five years in a row by local newspaper readers. The restaurant cooks its meat fresh every day, using hickory wood and a special blend of spices and sauce. Regulars suggest that you get there early because once it's gone, it's gone.



  • Cherokee

  • Bishop's Barbecue

    10 L.O. Bishop Lane, Cherokee, AL 35616
    (800) 368-2635

    Bishop's Barbecue is famous for its hickory cooked pork and Three-n-One sauce — which warns users with the following: "Shake me a lot, and I'll get hot." Bishop's sauce and vacuum-packed pork is available through phone orders or at various grocery stores throughout Alabama. More


  • Cullman

  • Johnny’s Bar-B-Q

    1401 4th St. S.W., Cullman, AL 35055

    Run by second- and third-generation members of the Wiggins family, this long-standing eatery remains a favorite in the community. Johnny’s now cooks ribs, ham and turkey in addition to pork and chicken. And if you're in the mood for barbecue nachos, Brunswick stew or banana pudding, don't worry. They're not on the menu but are available if you request them. More


  • Decatur

  • Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q

    Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q

    1715 6th Ave. SE, Decatur, AL 35601
    (256) 350-6969

    After moving to several Decatur locations in its early days, Big Bob Gibson settled into its spot on 6th Avenue just south of town. Today, Big Bob’s grandson, Don McLemore, runs it. The second location on Danville Road is run by Chris Lilly, Don’s son-in-law. Both places prepare smoked pork and chicken using the same methods that Big Bob developed. Both spots also serve the same award-winning sauce. The menu has changed since the days when Big Bob served only chips and coleslaw with his barbecue. Now the restaurants cook ribs and turkey on the pit as well. And, of course, there are barbecue salads, Brunswick stew, baked beans, potato salad and the legendary pies. More

    Barbecue, Casual dining

  • Dora

  • Green Top Café

    7530 Highway 78, Dora, AL 35062
    (205) 648-9838

    Built in 1951 as a 20-by-30-foot structure, Green Top Café was intended to feed all the folks heading west who had to stop at the edge of Jefferson County to buy beer before entering the dry counties of west Alabama and east Mississippi. The building underwent changes over the years, but the hickory-cooked barbecue remains the same. More

    Barbecue, Casual dining

  • Dothan

  • The BBQ Shack

    2122 S. Brannon Stand Road, Dothan, AL 36305
    (334) 678-6817

    In the Wiregrass region, there's no other barbecue restaurant serving up North Carolina style barbecue. The BBQ Shack of Dothan prides itself on the barbecue sauce recipe that's been handed down for three generations. In addition to the North Carolina barbecue sauce, The BBQ Shack offers customers a red or mustard sauce with varying temperatures — sweet, mild, medium or hot. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Southern

  • Fort Payne

  • Bar-B-Q Place

    1502 Gault Ave. S., Fort Payne, AL 35967
    (256) 845-6155

    Serving Fort Payne for just shy of 30 years, Bar-B-Q Place is just as simple and casual as its name implies. The barbecue is Memphis-style, chopped with sweet, dark sauce, but the restaurant's Jo-Jo potatoes are what keep folks coming back for more. Sliced, fried and seasoned, the side item beats frozen fries any day.


    Barbecue, Casual dining

  • Fyffe

  • Barry's Backyard Barbecue

    85 County Road 527, Fyffe, AL 35971
    (256) 623-2102

    Off the beaten path, Barry's Backyard Barbecue is just what the name implies — a restaurant in a farmer's backyard. Open Thursday through Saturday for dinner, the buffet features fried fish, country fixin's, homemade ice cream, cobbler and barbecue. More

    Barbecue, Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Gadsden

  • Pruett's Bar-B-Q

    Pruett's Bar-B-Q

    1617 Rainbow Drive, Gadsden, AL 35901
    (256) 547-4118

    Pruett's has been a Gadsden landmark since 1976 and serves barbecue and country cuisine for lunch and dinner. Local favorites include fried chicken, ribs and Sweet Potato Fluff. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Guin

  • Jimbo's BBQ

    161 11th Ave., Guin, AL 35563
    (205) 468-2272

    Like a lot of barbecue joints, Jimbo's isn't much to look at from the outside. They claim to have the best ribs around but locals swear by the pork barbecue sandwich and banana pudding. More

    Barbecue, Casual dining

  • Huntsville

  • Ole Hickory BBQ

    5061 Maysville Rd, New Market, AL 35761
    (256) 859-2824

    Located right in the center between Huntsville and New Market, Ole Hickory BBQ has been serving the Northeast Alabama community finger licking BBQ and for 20 years. Finish off your meal with their famous rich and creamy banana pudding! More

    Barbecue, BBQ

  • The Original Greenbrier Bar-B-Que

    15050 AL Highway 20 W., Madison, AL 35756

    A family favorite for nearly 50 years, The Original Greenbrier Bar-B-Que owners Margaret Berzett and her son, Johnny, wanted a simple spot to serve up Southern favorites. The restaurant is known for its hickory-smoked, barbecue chicken and catfish, but the hushpuppies are what keep people coming back for more. More


  • Jacksonville

  • Cooter Brown's

    Cooter Brown's

    8464 AL Highway 204, Jacksonville, AL 36265
    (256) 435-1514

    Cooter Brown's has been serving "good ribs and tasty butts" in Jacksonville for more than a decade. Consistently named among the best eats in Calhoun County, the rustic, family-owned dive is known for its dry-rub ribs and friendly service.


    Barbecue, Casual dining

  • Marion

  • Whillard's BBQ & Grill

    12267 Highway Five, Marion, AL 36756
    (334) 683-4200

    Whillard's claims to have the best hamburgers in the South, and locals tend to agree. The no-frills hamburger joint also serves fried shrimp, onion rings, tater tots and other short-order fare. More

    Barbecue, Burgers, Casual dining

  • Mobile

  • Saucy Q Bar B Q

    1252 Government St., Mobile, AL 36604
    (251) 433-7427

    The Wingfield family runs this big joint on Government Street. They eagerly share the reason for their success: “We don’t mind telling our secret ingredients,” Jarret said. “Fire, smoke and love.” Jarret and his brother Darnell work alongside their mom and dad, Jacquelyn and Elbert. Elbert started the business, naming it for the sauce that originated with his grandmother. “One day she fell sick, so she taught my dad how to cook it when she was bedridden,” Jarret said. “She could tell by smelling the aromas from the kitchen that he needed to add more paprika.” With that sauce as their foundation, the family built a menu of expertly smoked meats. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • The Brick Pit

    The Brick Pit

    5456 Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL 36608
    (251) 343-0001

    The Brick Pit sits in a little one-level cottage west of Spring Hill College. A tiny smoker sits out front puffing smoke rings to draw you inside where the walls are covered in writing and memorabilia. When the spot opened in the 1990s, the smoker was bright red. “It’s mostly black now,” owner Bill Armbrecht said of the cooker that chews up hickory and pecan logs and spits out tender, smoky pork. The pork has a lovely bark on the shoulders, so sandwiches are a blend of tender inside pieces and crunchy outside portions. A red sauce tops off the pork, but not so much as to take away from the meat’s flavor. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • New Market

  • New Market BBQ

    5601 Winchester Rd., New Market, AL 35761

    Not only do they cook pork, ribs, brisket, chicken and turkey in their pits, but owners Libby and Kelly also have developed recipes for smoked mac-and-cheese, baked beans and roasted fresh corn. Cooking these dishes on hickory imparts a delicious flavor that you can’t get in a regular oven. Folks come for some pretty unusual barbecue dishes too. And then there are the desserts. The couple makes all kinds of cakes from scratch, from strawberry, lemon and carrot cake to a Butterfinger cake. Their banana pudding has many fans too, but their best sweet dish may be the peanut butter pie. More

    Barbecue, BBQ

  • Opelika

  • Chuck's

    905 Short Ave., Opelika, AL 36801
    (334) 749-4043

    After 36 years in business, owner Chuck Ferrell still prefers to do the cooking at Chuck's. The eatery is known for its sauce and chopped barbecue pork sandwich with slaw. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • Phenix City

  • 13th Street Barbecue

    13th Street Barbecue

    3869 U.S. Highway 80 W., Phenix City, AL 36869
    (334) 291-1855

    Located in an old building that was once a grocery store and an auto parts shop, 13th Street Barbecue in Phenix City has become a local favorite since opening in 2003. Dubbed as home of the original pork chop sandwich, the restaurant is better known for its Hawg Dog challenge. Finish a giant, 5-pound Hawg Dog, which consists of pork, homemade chili, onions, cheese, pickles and cole slaw, in 30 minutes or less and join the Hawg Dog Wall of Fame. More

    Barbecue, Casual dining

  • Russellville

  • Daily Bread Barbecue

    305 Jackson Ave., Russellville, AL 35653
    (256) 332-9621

    Daily Bread Barbecue in Russellville is well known for its delicious caramel cake. Owned and operated by Mae Frances Nelson, the restaurant is open five days a week for breakfast and lunch.


    Barbecue, Casual dining

  • Pilgrim's Place Barbeque & Catering

    1314 Jackson Ave N, Russellville, AL 35653

    Pilgrim's Place Barbeque & Catering is a locally and family owned restaurant in the heart of Russellville, Alabama. Mouthwatering ribs are a crowd favorite, but Pilgrim's Place offers more than just BBQ.The chicken salad and made from scratch desserts are also on the restaurants signature dish list. More


  • Scottsboro

  • 50 Taters

    50 Taters

    24961B John T. Reed Parkway, Scottsboro, AL 35768
    (256) 259-3222

    The place to get your potato fix in Scottsboro is definitely 50 Taters. Known for its stuffed potatoes, 50 Taters also serves up barbecue and burgers. More

    Barbecue, Burgers, Casual dining

  • Carlile's


    23730 Lee Highway, Scottsboro, AL 35769
    (256) 574-5629

    Opened in 1976 by the Carlisle family — who also owned Carlile's Barbecue in Birmingham — Carlile's Restaurant serves dishes made from an endless supply of family recipes as well as recipes gathered from restaurants throughout the Southeast. Today the casual restaurant is known for its homemade sauces, seafood, steaks and barbecue. More

    Barbecue, Casual dining, Seafood, Steak

  • Mud Creek Fishing Camp

    804 County Road 213, Hollywood, AL 35752
    (256) 259-2493

    Mud Creek Fishing Camp is off the beaten path, but has earned a reputation among locals and travelers as some of the best food and service in the Scottsboro area. Known for its catfish, the restaurant also serves noteworthy barbecue pork and ribs at old-fashioned prices. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining, Greek, Seafood

  • Triple R BBQ

    Triple R BBQ

    2940 Veterans Drive, Scottsboro, AL 35769
    (256) 574-1620

    Triple R BBQ opened in 1987 with seating for 12 customers. A decade later, the owners restored a 160-year-old, Jackson County log cabin and converted it to a casual, family restaurant with seating for 170. Decorated with local antiques and relics from the past, today the restaurant is known for its pulled pork, catfish and ribeye steaks. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • Selma

  • Hancock’s Country Bar-B-Que

    Hancock’s Country Bar-B-Que

    72 County Rd. 46, Selma, AL 36701

    Mike and Deborah Hancock have fashioned a country-style, sit down and hang out kind of place. Wood-paneled walls hold a collection of mounted antlers, fish and deer heads, as well as odds and ends such as brooms, photos and commemorative plates. The fare is simple — smoked pork and chicken, barbecued ribs, homemade burgers, camp stew, slaw and baked beans — but the rich, tangy red sauce keeps customers coming back for more. More

    Barbecue, BBQ

  • Lannie's #2

    205 Medical Center Pkwy, Selma, AL 36701
    (334) 872-8573

    Lannie's award-winning barbecue is a restaurant in Selma that is popular among both locals and tourists. More


  • Tuscaloosa

  • Archibald's


    1211 Martin Luther King Blvd., Northport, AL 35476
    (205) 345-6861

    George Archibald, Jr. was 12 years old when he started working in the family barbecue business his father started in 1962. Today, George and his sister, Paulette, keep this diamond in the rough going, serving Archibald's famous ribs and vinegar-based sauce. Lines often form before the doors even open, and spots fill up fast at the picnic tables outside. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • Dreamland Bar-B-Que

    Dreamland Bar-B-Que

    5535 15th Ave. E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
    (205) 758-8135

    The original location in Tuscaloosa, a homegrown joint with a worldly following, still packs in hungry diners. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Dreamland developed devoted fans who would travel across the nation to eat at this storied spot. Nowadays, servers deliver complimentary appetizer plates of white bread and the same sauce that the original owner, Big Daddy, developed. Smoked sausage, chopped pork sandwiches and sides of beans, slaw, potato salad and banana pudding have been added to the menu since the original restaurant opened. But keeping those ribs just like they used to be is key to Dreamland’s success both here and at the other shops, explained Betsy McAtee, the CEO of today’s Dreamland. “All of our Dreamlands use the same meat, the same sauce, the same wood vendor out of Tuscaloosa, just like the original location,” she said. More

    Barbecue, Casual dining

  • Wetumpka

  • Champs Barbeque

    10486 U.S. Hwy. 231 N., Wetumpka, AL 36092

    This roadside eatery north of Wetumpka smokes up good Alabama meats. Lunchtime is crowded as folks come through for pulled pork sandwiches with a dark-brown barbecue-flavored gravy atop. Owners Scott and Marsha have built their reputation with Champ Stew, a mix of pulled pork, chicken and vegetables. More

    Barbecue, BBQ