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If there’s one thing we know how to do here in the South, it’s BBQ. Take our culinary ride around Birmingham and let us show you some of our favorite establishments!

Take a ride through the city as we show you our favorite bbq joints.

Take a ride through the city as we show you our favorite BBQ joints.

Bob Sykes’s BarB-Q

Located in Bessemer, Bob Syke’s BarB-Q has been serving up tender pork and chicken slow-cooked the old-fashioned way over slow fires of hickory wood for the past 50 years. This three generation family-owned business takes pride in their time honored tradition of preparing and cooking both their famous barbeque and their special sauce. Go for the ribs and the fried okra. There’s also a drive-through for convenient carry out!

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A drive thru makes carry out easy at Bob Sykes. Photo credit:

Carlile’s Barbeque

Carlile’s, whose name was derived from the military’s misspelling of one of the founding Carlisle brothers, dates back to 1945 and has been dishing out authentic pit roasted ‘que to local politicians, businessmen and sports celebs ever since. Located in the Avondale/Southside area, the smoke-infused walls are hung with photos of the many historical figures who have dined there over the years. Famous for their tender butts, Carlile’s also has great homemade potato salad and we hear the burgers here are top notch, as well. Open for lunch only.

It may not look like much from the outside, but the bbq at Carlile's is second to none.

It may not look like much from the outside, but the BBQ at Carlile’s is second to none. Photo credit:


John “Big Daddy” Bishop opened the first Dreamland cafe in 1958. The now world famous Dreamland has grown to 7 locations in the Southeast and will ship to anywhere in the U.S. Legendary ribs and special sauce keep patrons coming back for more.

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Dreamland is famous world wide for their bbq! Photo credit:

Full Moon

The Maluff brothers, David and Joe, bought the original restaurant in 1996, and they have since grown the business while continuing a family-owned tradition that caters to folks who know great ‘que from the rest. With nine locations it’s not hard to find a Full Moon around town. The wood smoke you see at each location is a constant reminder of the delicious taste of Full Moon’s BBQ and the commitment the Maluff’s have to top-notch ‘que. Full Moon’s vinaigrette-style slaw and the Half Moon cookies are among the “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die,” so make sure you mark that off your bucket list!

Full Moon Pork Sandwich

Full Moon will have you seeing stars with their BBQ and their half moon cookies are on the list of Top 100 Alabama dishes to try before you die!

Golden Rule

The original Golden Rule, located just a short distance from the current Irondale location, opened in 1891 and served as a roadside stop for travelers on their way to Atlanta. According to their website, the Golden Rule is the oldest continuously running restaurant in the state of Alabama. In 1969 the Matzos family took ownership and after 31 years of success decided to franchise the concept. The company now has locations throughout the Southeast. The barbecue and the baked beans also made the list of “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die.”

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Ribs are a customer favorite at the Golden Rule.

Jim n’ Nick’s

Founded by Nick Pihakis and his father, the late Jim Pihakis, in 1985, and later joined by Nick’s brother, Jim, Jim ‘N Nicks has brought the time honored tradition full circle with a focus on farm-to-table, adding sustainable practices and heritage breeds to the menu. With 30 restaurants in 7 states, their commitment to honor tradition, yet willingness to blaze new trails, has earned them consecutive nominations for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur.

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Jim ‘n Nicks does it up right! Photo credit:

Ken’s Hickory Pit BBQ

Ken’s is located in the Pinson/Center Point area and is very beloved by the locals. Keeping it simple with the menu, the decor and the friendly service has made Ken’s a top notch barbeque spot for over forty years.


Ken’s is a local favorite.

Miss Myra’s

Andrew Zimmerman deemed Miss Myra’s “pit perfection … with fantastic chicken, ribs, pulled pork, legendary ‘white sauce’ and a slew of home-style sides such as green beans, coleslaw, potato salad and deviled eggs. Made from just mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and pepper, white sauce is a northern Alabama staple and the condiment of choice for barbecue.” We couldn’t agree more!

Pit Perfection at Miss Myra's in Cahaba Heights area of Vestavia.

Pit Perfection at Miss Myra’s in Cahaba Heights area of Vestavia. Photo credit:

Moe’s Original BBQ

Named by one of the 10 Best BBQ Joints in America, Moe’s offers authentic Bama style ‘cue. Alabama boys Mike Fernandez, Ben Gilbert and Jeff Kennedy, founded Moe’s in 2001 in Vail, CO, and now have 29 locations across the country. These guys know how to do it right!


The founders of Moe’s all shared an interest in bbq, blues, college football and whiskey.

SAW’s BBQ/SAW’s Soul Kitchen/SAW’s Juke Joint

Owner Mike Wilson, aka SAW, grew up in North Carolina where he learned to love backyard barbecuing with friends. In high school, Mike earned the nickname, Sorry Ass Wilson, “for assorted reasons that may not be revealed” according to the company website. SAW’s has three location around town — the original SAW’s BBQ in Homewood, SAW’s Soul Kitchen in Avondale and SAW’s Juke Joint in Crestline Park. There’s nothing sorry ass about this barbeque!

Saws has three locations around town, all with their own unique twist.

SAW’s has three locations around town, all with their own unique twist. Photo credit:

What are you waiting for? Grab some wet-ones and start loading up your plate with this southern summer staple!


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