September 21, 2023

Food items Community named this barbecue joint Alabama’s greatest

Opinions about barbecue in Alabama can be approximately as powerful as college football can take are below.

So if a countrywide media outlet’s likely to declare the state’s finest barbecue, it’s possible to bring about eyerolls and social-media foodstuff-fights even if the pick’s legit.

And it’s tricky to argue with Foods Community naming Decatur’s Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q as the Alabama entry in “50 States of Barbecue,” the network’s list of “the greatest barbecue joints in each and every U.S. condition.”

Food stuff Network’s Sara Ventiera writes, “Pork is king in Southeastern barbecue — but not in Alabama. The point out is most effective recognised for its smoked rooster with white sauce. Developed by Bob Gibson in 1925, the tangy mix of mayo, vinegar and spices has become a regional icon, uncovered at barbecue joints all over the northern component of the state.”

She also lauds Huge Bob’s “award-profitable pulled pork, ribs and beef brisket, a veritable smorgasbord of luscious smoked meat.”

Massive Bob Gibson’s has plenty of prior bona fides. They’ve attained no fewer than “15 Earth BBQ Championships (pork, brisket, ribs, chicken) and five Memphis in May possibly World BBQ Grand Championships,” according to the restaurant’s web page.

A 2017 AL.com element explained the restaurant’s humble origins: “A 6-foot-4, 300-pound railway worker, “Big” Bob Gibson commenced cooking in the yard of his two-story Danville Street home in the mid ‘20s, ahead of he at any time considered of opening a restaurant. It was just a weekend point, for pals and family members. Big Bob cooked whole chickens and total pork shoulders in his hand-dug pit and served them from an oak-plank table nailed to a sycamore tree.”

Past yr, Food items Network picked Significant Bob Gibson’s barbecue rooster with white sauce as number 4 in their “top five barbecue dishes in the place listing.”

In 2017, Chris Lilly, government chef and vice-president of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q gave AL.com the backstory to Gibson’s well-known white sauce, which has encouraged copycats in Alabama and further than. “His [Big Bob Gibson’s] chickens at times stayed on his pit for 3 hours,” Lilly said. “When you are pulling a pit of chickens you’ve obtained to have some way to maintain those chickens moist. Maintain them from drying out. And I think that’s where the mayonnaise arrived from. The excess fat in the mayonnaise generally applied as a buffer against the chicken drying out once it arrived off the pit.”

Other regional barbecue standouts according Food items Network’s Ventiera, who’s also published for Meals & Wine, NPR and Village Voice, contain: Atlanta’s Das BBQ (“pulled pork, ribs and pork sausage, very best served with their mustard-centered peach barbecue sauce”) Ocean Springs, Mississippi’s The Shed (“best acknowledged for their ribs and smoked rooster ‘wangs,’ but the brisket and pulled pork are normal hits, as well”) and West Tennessee’s Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint (“the Redneck Tacos are a favorite”).

Food items Network’s “50 States of Barbecue” list does not contain the methodology for how they determined their listing. Or who all contributed/voted to the record. Or how quite a few whole eating places were considered or if the writer/staff essentially experimented with each single cafe that manufactured their checklist.

Certainly, these sorts of lists are subjective. They can begin some entertaining discussions, as long as people don’t consider them as well seriously and real investigation went into generating the content.

No matter if or not you agree with a checklist, which include methodology adds credence and clarity. For case in point, Rolling Stone’s new 200 Biggest Singers of All Time listing has been controversial at best. But to RS’ credit they evidently outlined the parameters for their singers list and who all voted/contributed to those rankings.

AL.com arrived at out to Foodstuff Network for aspects on the methodology of their “50 States of Barbecue” listing. As of publishing of this put up, we have still to get a response.

Other perennial Alabama barbecue faves incorporate: Archibald’s BBQ in Northport Saw’s BBQ in Homewood Dreamland Bar-B-Que in Tuscaloosa and Meat Boss in Cellular.

As considerably as Significant Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q goes, when Gibson opened his very first cafe in Decatur in 1925, the white sauce was there from working day a single. Huge Bob moved areas usually in the early yrs, in and just outside of Decatur, the white sauce normally in tow, ahead of developing a lot more long-lasting roots on Decatur’s 6th Avenue in 1952.

Huge Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q’s present spots include 1715 6th Ave. S.E. and 2520 Danville Highway S.W., the latter just a pair miles absent from the backyard in which Big Bob’s barbecue was born.

Now, people from other nations around the world make it a place to stop by Significant Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q as aspect of their Southern barbecue pilgrimages. Large Bob Gibson’s also ships bottles of white sauce abroad, together with all across Europe.

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