Alabama gets its own Barbecue Hall of Fame

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Governor Bentley announced the creation of The Alabama Barbecue Hall of Fame by the Alabama Department of Tourism.

“The State of Alabama has become a destination for barbecue lovers across the country,” said Governor Bentley. “The hall of fame provides a way for us to celebrate the great restaurants that have made Alabama a tourist attraction. Those being recognized are significant members of their communities, and I encourage Alabamians to get out and enjoy the 29 restaurants being honored.”

The development is a part of the Department of Tourism's "Year of Alabama Barbecue" promoting the heritage of Alabama barbecue. The hall of fame list is made up of 29 restaurants from across the state, and some of them have been open for at least 50 years.

Here are just few from the Tennessee Valley:

  • Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur
  • Mud Creek Fish Camp and Bar-B-Que in Hollywood
  • Dick Howell Barbeque Pit in Florence
  • Old Greenbrier Restaurant in Madison
  • David Gibson's Barbecue in Huntsville
  • Gibson's Bar-B-Q in Huntsville
  • Singleton's Bar B Que in Florence
  • Mary's Pit Bar-B-Que in Gurley
  • Brook's Barbecue in Muscle Shoals
  • Whitt's Barbecue in Athens

To see the full list click here.

All 29 hall of fame restaurants will receive a personalized plaque at a luncheon on June 29th at the Golden Rule Bar-B-Q restaurant in Irondale. Golden Rule is the oldest restaurant on the list and in the state. It opened in 1891.

Click here for more information about delicious dining and the Alabama Tourism Department's "Year of Alabama Barbecue."