Southern Living has released its annual list of the South's annual ranking of the best 50 BBQ restaurants. The cities recognized for incredible BBQ range from Atlanta, Lexington, Memphis, Pearland, and more.


How Did Southern Living Rank the BBQ Spots?

Experience is at the forefront of the decision-making. To qualify, a restaurant must serve mouthwatering barbecue, but there are additional factors to consider like "sauces county, presentation counts, and so do the side dishes and desserts,” said Robert F. Moss from Southern Living.

The overall rankings are based on qualitative aspects such as the satisfaction derived from the meal and the overall experience during the visit.

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Out of the 50 BBQ restaurants, three Alabama hot spots made the Southern Livings list.

#21 Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q - Decatur, Alabama

1715 6th Ave SE (US Highway 31), Decatur, AL

(256) 350-0404

Robert “Big Bob” Gibson is credited for creating the Alabama white sauce. He started his BBQ journey in 1925 in his backyard. Their menu is a BBQ lover’s dream plus their pies receive high compliments.

Big Bob Gibson BBQ - Bite This! Recommendations

Bar-B-Q Nachos

Bar-B-Q Stuffed Potato

Beef Brisket Sandwich

Pit-Fired Hotdog

Bar-B-Q Chicken Platter

Bar-B-Q Pork Platter

Peanut Butter Pie


#14 Archibald’s BBQ – Northport, Alabama

1211 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Northport, AL

(205) 345-6861

Their signature spicy vinegar sauce leaves you wanting more. “Full slabs are cooked hot and fast over a hickory fire on a big brick-and-cinder block pit, which imparts a distinctive firm, meaty texture and lots of delightful crisp, charred bits around the edges,” said Southern Living.

Archibald’s BBQ - Bite This! Recommendations

Baked Beans (trust us and get the large container)

Slab of Ribs

Large Mix Dinners

Catfish Dinner

Banana Pudding


#3 Dreamland Bar-B-Que - Tuscaloosa, AL

5535 15th Avenue East, Tuscaloosa, AL

(205) 758-8135

The BBQ spots started in 1958 and now has multiple locations across the Southeast. The restaurant is like a museum with tons of history and Crimson Tide memorabilia. The sauce at Dreamland is distinctive and pairs well with the hickory-fired ribs.

Dreamland Bar-B-Que - Bite This! Recommendations

Legendary BBQ Sandwich

Smoked Sausage

Potato Salad

Banana Pudding

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