So far, Alabama barbecue sucks compared to Florida's
It’s early, but thus far Florida has a commanding lead over Alabama in the Great Barbecue Wars. Tonight, I ate at the Barbecue House, the oldest barbecue joint in Auburn, Alabama.
It came highly reccommended, and I was quivering with hungry excitement. The first sign something was wrong was when they told me they were out of chicken. How can you call yourself a barbecue joint and be out of chicken at 6 p.m.? The pulled pork was bland, the barbecued cole slaw (which I’d never had and was feverishly anticipating) was bland and even the baked beans were tasteless. The best thing on the platter was the white bread.
Give me Sonny’s with their great barbecued chicken and all-time, world-class baked beans. Give me Bono’s. Give me Ken’s even. The decor was pretty stark, too, just a counter with a few tables and chairs. Maybe they have different barbecue taste buds here.
Bama’s behind, but it’s only the first quarter and the game isn’t over yet. Plenty of barbecue to come.
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Be warned, however, that they do not serve "sauce" bbq. They smoke their own meat each day (pork/turkey) with some type of dry rub and serve some of the best Brunswick Stew you'll find in the South.
They don't waste money on restaurants - you simply pull up to the window and order what you want (the slaw is pretty good, too). The one in Ardmore actually has room for you to park and walk inside to order, but no on-premises eating area.
All the money is spent on the product and it is ALL well worth it!
I eat pork like a hunting dog and Alabama's sucks. South Florida isn't the South, I'll grant you that, but north Florida, where I hail from, is as southern as chicken-fried dirt.
Sonny's was an example. Even though it's a chain, it's still better than what Alabama calls barbecue.
My preference is Whitt's over Big Bob's mainly because the meat is a bit juicier. However, Big Bob's white barbecue sauce is the best chicken marinade and sauce that I've ever had. I brought down a few bottles of the white sauce, barbecued pork and turkey on visits back home, and a couple of recipes with me to Orlando and have since, in my two years down here, converted many neighbors and coworkers to the North Alabama style of barbecue.
I'm still on the look out for good barbecue down here. As with anyone, my measuring stick resides in Decatur with Big Bob's and Whitts because that's what I spent 24 years eating the majority of the time. I'm not so close-minded that I immediately trash another style simply because it's "different", instead I'm trying to simply enjoy good barbecue. True, some will be better than others, some not, but regardless good barbecue no matter what style will always make for a great day.
I'm on to Tim's ruse! Here's how it works - Tim trashes BBQ from, say, Alabama. This naturally offends all the righteous, BBQ lovin' folks from that neck of the woods, the more the better. Then, next time Tim's in Alabama, people are lining up to tell him about their favorite local haunts or even inviting him over to their place for some "home smoke," anything to prove to him that Bama BBQ is tops. Next thing you know, Tim's fat(ter) and happy and has had his fill of BBQ from Mobile to Decatur.
I myself have worked this scam to perfection, telling my uncle in San Antonio that Texas BBQ brisket isn't fit for a sewer rat. Next thing you know, we're in his car heading out to some hole in the wall joint to power down some beef! "Hmmm," I told him. "Tastes kind of like the roast beef in my school cafeteria." So then we'd roll to a second hole in the wall .... and so forth. Meanwhile, on the inside, I'm in smokey Seventh Heaven!
So bear with Tim ...... I suspect he's just a hungry dude on the hunt of some more meat.
some barbeque at Melear's In Fayetteville.
Same place for over 50 years, and really
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