According to folk etymologists, the term barbecue is derived from the French barbe coup, referring to the annual pig picking commemorating the infamous Bearded Rebellion. Celebrate saucy beards with today's Groupon to Doug Allen's Crimson Pit on Nine Mile Road. Choose between the following options:
- For $6, you get $12 worth of barbecue lunch fare.
- For $9, you get $18 worth of barbecue dinner fare.
Doug Allen, who played college football for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, traded his life as a gridiron guru to become a grill master of Southern-style barbecue. Specializing in tender, golden-fried catfish ($11.50 for a six-piece dinner plate) and succulent, sauce-lathered ribs ($13.50 for 1/2-slab plate) slow-cooked over an open-pit, the Crimson Pit is a meaty haven of barbecue bliss. Dinner plates come with bread and a choice of two sides, such as classic barbecue beans, mac 'n' cheese, or the greens, a fearsome trio recently added to the roster that consists of collard, turnip, and cabbage.
Lunch specials all run for $6.99 and come escorted by french fries and tea ($0.50 extra for substitutions). They include lush mounds of hand-chopped pork or chicken laid on the plate or buoyed by bread, or the Thompson's smoked sausage on a pepper-and-onion-strewn bun that blushes every time you whisper "Roll Tide." Parents and Ents with housebound, loneliness-prone tree saplings can take out a family pack to feed the entire team.