Have You Ever Had a Pig Ear Sandwich?

I have. I first had a pig ear sandwich at the Tired Texan, a food truck in Birmingham.  My good friend and then-vegan, Jean Webb, had recommended the Tired Texan to me — specifically their Damnit to Hell sandwich: pork barbecue with a whole lot of Tabasco sauce.  (Jean was a strict vegan at the time, although he continued to eat barbecue.)  I had the … Continue reading Have You Ever Had a Pig Ear Sandwich?

The Original Leo and Susie’s Green Top Barbecue, Dora, Alabama

The Green Top was among the first barbecue places inducted into the Alabama Barbecue Hall of Fame during the Year of Alabama Barbecue.  It was chosen by virtue of having been in business for over 50 years.  I remember stopping at the original Green Top in Dora back in the day.  Leo and Susie were still working and it was a good place — very … Continue reading The Original Leo and Susie’s Green Top Barbecue, Dora, Alabama

Barbecue and Rocket Science

Barbecue and rocket science both require extraordinary ability and years of hard work and dedication.  You might have thought that no one can do both.  Not so.  Knapp Hudson, our Senior Portland, Maine, Correspondent and a fellow Indian Springs grad, pointed me to an article in Gastro Obscura about an expert in both fields. Dr. Howard Conyers grew up near Paxville, South Carolina, population 158, which … Continue reading Barbecue and Rocket Science

Rest in Peace, Jimmy Koikos of the Bright Star, Bessemer, Alabama

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions. Jimmy Koikos of the Bright Star has passed on.  The Bright Star is the oldest restaurant in Alabama, having opened in 1907, and it is known and loved for great seafood (the  Greek red snapper and the gumbo), great desserts (Nick Saban loves the coconut pie), and the warm, friendly presence of Jimmy Koikos … Continue reading Rest in Peace, Jimmy Koikos of the Bright Star, Bessemer, Alabama

Rest in Peace, Melvin Rogers

Huntsville, Alabama, was just a wide place in the road well into the 1950s, but today it’s the second largest city in Alabama, a booming, high-tech city, the home of Redstone Arsenal and the Marshall Space Flight Center (which is coordinating the next moon landing), and lots of associated industries.  They also have a biotech center, and Huntsville just landed a ginormous new Toyota plant. … Continue reading Rest in Peace, Melvin Rogers

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, Cahaba Heights, Alabama

I was very impressed by the whole hog barbecue places in Tennessee during my Great Memphis Region Barbecue Sandwich Tour.  You will, no doubt, recall my reviews of B.E. Scott’s in Lexington and Ramey’s, in Parsons, the friendliest town in the world.  After eating at B.E. Scott’s and Ramey’s, I was tempted to travel on to Nashville to try Martin’s, but Nashville is not in … Continue reading Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, Cahaba Heights, Alabama

Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Birmingham, Alabama

As regular readers know, every year I teach a Thursday afternoon class in the University of Alabama Honors College for my good friend, Bob McCurley.  That means I get to visit family and eat some barbecue.   (I also get two tickets to an Alabama football game, which makes me the highest-paid guest lecturer on earth.)  This trip I headed to a new barbecue place, the … Continue reading Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Birmingham, Alabama

Guest Post: Griffin Johnston on Texarbama BBQ, Fairhope, Alabama

I’ve mentioned my cousins, the Johnstons, before.  My first cousin, Ann Thomas, is one of the Wilson, North Carolina, Griffins, famous for their preference for Bill’s over Parker’s.  (Now that Bill’s has closed, they seem to be fans of Marty’s.)  Murray is from San Antonio  and went to school in Austin, and, a true Texan, he makes the best brisket in the Washington, DC, area. … Continue reading Guest Post: Griffin Johnston on Texarbama BBQ, Fairhope, Alabama

SAW’s BBQ, Homewood, Alabama, Once Again

After spending Wednesday morning with Dear, Nancy and I left to go see the Oxford, Mississippi Tanners.  Before we left Birmingham, we stopped for lunch at SAW’s in Homewood, one of the many suburbs of Birmingham.  The barbecue at SAW’s deservedly gets a lot of love.  SAW’s is on lots of “best” lists, including Garden and Gun’s, and has been pronounced by no less an … Continue reading SAW’s BBQ, Homewood, Alabama, Once Again

Demetri’s BBQ, Homewood, Alabama

On Tuesday, Nancy sent me off to have lunch while she stayed with Dear and worked on her needlepoint.  Continuing my tour of places in the Alabama Barbecue Hall of Fame, I headed to Demetri’s.  Demetri’s has been right in the heart of the central Homewood commercial district since 1961, and it recently has been inducted into the Birmingham Restaurant Hall of Fame.  Sam Nakos, … Continue reading Demetri’s BBQ, Homewood, Alabama