Archibald's Tuscaloosa Alabama
Archibald's is an institution around Tuscaloosa that has been around since 1962. Everyone you talk to who lives in the area always recommends Archibald's. When you pull up the first thing you notice is the blue smoke coming out of the big pit and the hickory smell.
You're greeted by a family working behind the bar that is as friendly as you will ever meet. And they might know a little thing or two about cooking BBQ. The gentleman running the pit jokingly told me he had been there 3 months and he hoped he had it down properly. Well he did and truth be told he had been cooking here for 48 years.
They cook shoulders and ribs. Sides are chips and light bread with canned sodas and water for drinks. I really like these type menus because most of the time, the BBQ is really all you want. The pork isn't pulled. It is sliced for each order. The flavor is outstanding and combined with their sauce, mmmmmmmmm! It's really hard to beat. Everybody loves the Q when it first comes off the smoker and this place is no exception.
The sauce is a thin (I'm guessing at the rest) vinegar, hot sauce, butter, and spices. The sauce is really good and they keep it heated right on the pit. It's nice when you find a sauce that compliments the meat well like Archibald's does.
This is an out of the way place that should never be missed if you're going through Tuscaloosa or have a little time on your hands and want to take a road trip. Great history, great people, and wonderful BBQ the way its supposed to be made.