I travel a lot for work and happily, I travel almost exclusively in the South. You can't beat the people , the weather, the history and of the food. Southern cooking is just different. It puts some meat on your bones and packs such amazing flavor. I am in the South again today. I am in Crimson Tide country (which I just tolerate because they have good BBQ!) I went to a place today called Saw's BBQ. It was recommended to me by some customers of mine. I of course had to try it!
The place is small and looks just like an old BBQ joint, even though it is only 4 years old. The ambience is awesome. The food is better. I had smoked chicken with a white sauce. Amazing. Now if the sauce had not been on there, it wouldn't have been as good but it was on there so it rocked! The rib I had was perfectly cooked. Not too long but perfectly moist and tender. The pulled pork was super tender. Again, as usual in the deep South, pulled pork has to have a good sauce on it and this did. It was a sauce that was a blend of Carolina and Bama Q sauce. Very tasty. I of course tried their sausage. It was just ok. It tasted too much like breakfast sausage. It was good but I would have it with breakfast, not lunch.
Overall, I have to say I loved this place. Some of the better BBQ I have had outside of the Lone Star State in quite a while. If you are in Birmingham, give it a try. You won't be sorry!