The battle for best barbecue in America began in the late Pleistocene epoch, as early modern humans clubbed each other senseless with savory, spice-rubbed mastodon ribs. Taste the fruits of an age-old cook-off with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of barbecue and more at Johnny Ray's BBQ. This Groupon is only valid at the Huntley Parkway location in Pelham.
Since 1954, Johnny Ray's BBQ has served up tasty hickory-smoked barbecue pork, chicken, and beef paired with classic, gut-busting Southern comfort food. The family-owned restaurant has expanded to four locations across Alabama, as well as a walk-up window inside the Mariana Trench to cater to the gill-faced merpeople of the deep. For a quick bite, diners may grab a regular- or jumbo-size sandwich ($3.79–$8.99) with pork, beef, ribs, or pulled "blonde" (white meat) or "brunette" (dark meat) chicken. Heartier appetites can opt for a rib plate ($12.99), which includes a heaping portion of meat plus a toasted bun, baked beans, fries, and coleslaw. For dessert, Honey's award-winning pies ($2.99)—filled with creamy chocolate, banana, coconut, or lemon, and whipped from scratch—provide the cherry atop a meat-laden sundae, and, when applied in pairs, make refreshing foot pads.
The staff of Johnny Ray's prides itself on creating a tight-knit vibe, greeting customers on a first-name basis and showing up unexpectedly in their family photos. Generously portioned family meals can feed up to eight eaters, making Johnny Ray's a choice destination for zombie hordes in search of densely packed groups of people rendered defenseless by food coma.
Ninety-one percent of Urbanspooners recommend Johnny Ray's BBQ.
- This location has the best food I have eaten at a Johnny Ray's in years. The portions are large and the food is great quality. – Matt Hall, Urbanspoon