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The chefs at Carlile’s Barbeque slow cook cuts of meat using the same recipes and the original barbecue pit made famous by brothers Herman and Warren Carlisle, who founded the restaurant in 1945, following their return from World War II. Despite several changes in ownership, the tried-and-true restaurant––named after the misspelling of Herman’s last name upon his entrance into the armed forces––has sustained its popularity for more than half a century, thanks to the addictive nature of its signature vinegar-based barbecue sauce, which graces everything from barbecue chicken salads to slow-roasted slices of tender pork butt and the door handles of every car in the parking lot. Full-meal platters showcase catfish, honey-mustard chicken, and slabs of ribs topped in their own sweet, ketchup-based sauce alongside a slew of hearty, house-made sides ranging from creamy mac ‘n’ cheese to crispy fried okra. Meals end on a sweet note, courtesy of the shop’s specialty “Momma’s recipe” banana pudding; lemon, chocolate, coconut, or pecan pies; or slabs of peach cobbler.

3511 6th Ave S
Birmingham,
AL
US

At the family-owned-and-operated Chris' BBQ & Grill, a dedicated team of grill-savvy specialists slowly smokes dishes such as barbecue pork and spare ribs to fill out a menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner creations. The daily menu offers a variety of Southern favorites, beginning with early-morning servings of hash browns with eggs and bacon and ending with dishes such as grilled chicken breast served over rice. To satisfy midday cravings, the kitchen staff shape intricate sandwiches with ham, turkey, buffalo chicken, or rib-eye steak. They also orchestrate a daily Meat and 3 meal that pairs meaty specialties with three vegetables, such as fried okra, black-eyed peas, baked beans, or baked potatoes, so that customers can sculpt edible monuments in honor of the food pyramid.

2409 Acton Rd
Vestavia,
AL
US

The first Golden Rule Bar-B-Q and Grill?a roadside joint frequented by locals and travelers alike?served its first heaping plate of lovingly smoked barbecue in 1891. The restaurant has since adapted with the times, acquiring a car-repair garage, neon signs, and a hovercar dock, in addition to nearly a dozen saucy outposts across Alabama and Mississippi. Now the various locations serve slow-cooked, hickory-smoked meats served with a variety of secret-recipe sauces and sides such as collards or mac 'n' cheese. Guests can also forgo the sauce and order surf 'n' turf dishes such as a hand-cut charbroiled steak or a creole grilled fresh catfish fillet.

740 Brookwood Vlg
Birmingham,
AL
US

The Heart Stopper, one of the signature sandwiches at Charlie’s Taphouse, is the centerpiece on a menu of pub food. A beef patty, cheese, and bacon nestled between two grilled-cheese sandwiches, the burger romps through bar-cuisine traditions. Shrimp crackle in fryers, waiting to crown po’ boys, and hot sauce cloaks wings. Thirty-three taps spill forth beers during football games on the bar’s televisions, and karaoke nights give patrons a chance to belt out favorite ballads or fix the grammatical mistakes of Hall and Oates.

1817 Montgomery Highway South
Hoover,
AL
US

Alabama Gaslight & Grill's vast selection of barbecuing accouterments has given chefs and backyard cooks the means to harness fire's cooking powers for nearly half a century. Ensure steak flavor stays firmly in tow with Kamado Joe natural hardwood lump charcoal ($19.95), or gussy up bun-bound fare with premier grilling chef Steven Raichlen's signature meat rubs ($7.95). Slider burger sets allow gastronomes to miniaturize their meals without purchasing hors d'oeuvre-sized portions or unstable shrink rays, comprising a specialized burger press, a grill basket that clutches nine sliders at a time, and a bun slicer ($29.95). Alternatively, equip flame-licked grids with cedar grilling planks, slabs designed to lend succulent creations a smoky, woodsy flavor ($9.95). A set of four stainless steel skewers can double as meat-impalers for building kabobs and crochet needles for knitting beef tenderloin scarves ($14.95).

2828 Linden Ave
Homewood,
AL
US

We are a BBQ, ribs, steaks and chop house featuring 15 different side items that are home made daily. All of our BBQ sauces are made in-house which includes a red sauce, mustard sauce and white sauce along with 4 others. Our salad dressings are home made as well as our fabulous desserts.

245 Summit Blvd
Vestavia,
AL
US