ROAD TRIP: Saw’s BBQ, Homewood, Birmingham AL
What’s more American than baseball and BBQ? Next question: what the oldest baseball stadium in the US? If you said Wrigley, you’re wrong. Its actually Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama. A museum the rest of the year, they play one game a year and we had tickets.
I touched base with a Twitter friend and foodie colleague Chris Fuhrmeister from Eater Atlanta, a former Birmingham resident, for recommendations and Saw’s BBQ was at the top of his list. I knew we had to check it out.
The game was midday and the temps were in the 90s, so when the 9th inning came it was viewed as a welcome respite from the heat and humidity. By the time we got to the restaurant a summer shower had just ended and we had to cut our way through the humidity to get inside.
Nick Saban will shout “Go Dawgs” before you get table service. Its counter service only. Not a problem, I ordered a combo plate with Pulled Pork, 2 spare ribs, and a chicken quarter. OMG, BBQ this good should not have paper towels on the table (I might add they are the finest paper towels ever). You should have to wait until after you are through eating. Just rub it all over your mouth, face, and beard first.
I normally am not a fan of spare ribs, but these will make you a believer! Tender beyond belief, these ribs are good like nobody’s business. The chicken come lathered in a white sauce that is phenomenal. The only other place that I’ve seen do a white sauce like that (oh yes, it’s spicy), is Jim N Nick’s BBQ. The pulled pork was just delicious as were all of the sides. No complaints – five stars all the way around. It’s sheer goodness, I guarantee you.
Birmingham was a blast even though the Barons lost that day, but the Saw’s BBQ after the game provided the comfort food like the balm of Gilead. It also provided the nourishment to make it all the way back to Atlanta while we talked about nothing but great BBQ. Guten appetit!