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Alabama Barbecue: Delicious Road Trips

We are honored to be included in the book Alabama Barbecue: Delicious Road Trips. Author Annette Thompson and Photographer Art Meripol bring attention to our state’s best barbecue in the pages of this unique book, published by the Alabama Media Group.

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In the foreword, Alabama Tourism Department Director Lee Sentell writes, “After football, our next religion is barbecue.” We agree, and the author spends the rest of the book proving this point as she talks to pit masters, entrepreneurs, cooks, and dessert makers – in many cases, they’re all the same person. The passion for our food is evident.

Thompson tells the story of Rusty’s Bar-B-Q in the Central Alabama section. You’ll find that there are some similarities from place to place, but the author really tells why each restaurant is unique and beloved by its customers.


You may have seen Thompson in the documentary Q: Alabama Barbecue Legends. This travel writer is truly an expert on Bar-B-Q, and her love for our state shines through when she makes claims like, “Alabama has claimed its rightful place in the pantheon of barbecue greats.”

Towards the end, there’s a list of the “Top Ten Barbecue Folks.” We love lists, but we especially love that Rusty was chosen to be included for bringing his fine dining background to down-home cooking.


You can purchase this book on Amazon , at Books-a-Million, or in our restaurant. At $20, this makes a perfect gift – and the holidays are just around the corner! It’s a great way to celebrate the Year of Alabama Barbecue.

A Mobile App based off of Thompson’s book is also available for download on apple or android devices.

This beautiful hardcover book would be at home on your coffee table, in your car as a road trip guide, or in your kitchen as a cookbook. That’s right, this book includes recipes! There’s even a recipe similar to our deviled eggs. Bon appetit, y’all!




Q: Alabama Barbecue Legends Now Showing!



Rusty’s Bar-B-Q has been given the star treatment! The restaurant, along with owners Beth and Rusty Tucker, are featured prominently in filmmaker Norton Dill’s new documentary, Q: Alabama’s Barbecue Legends. The film, produced by the Alabama Tourism Department as part of The Year of Alabama Bar-B-Q, has gotten notice from filmmakers, journalists, and food enthusiasts!



The documentary shows Bar-B-Q joints and their pit-masters throughout the state, from Decatur to Gulf Shores. There’s actually quite the variety of Bar-B-Q to be found here in Alabama, and there is so much competition that the food has to be excellent – folks here know Bar-B-Q. The film explores topics such as the history of Bar-B-Q in the area, the unique Bar-B-Q business, and types of meat and wood preferred. It even focuses on one of our favorite areas of expertise – dessert!

An exclusive preview screening of the film was shown at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival in May. Then, it officially premiered at the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham on August 29 at the historic Carver Theater.


Alabama Public Television has been airing the documentary, beginning on Labor Day weekend – a big Bar-B-Q holiday, of course. That Sunday night, Rusty’s hosted a viewing party at the restaurant, and Rusty’s parents held a small family gathering at their home to watch it, too.





If you missed those opportunities to see it with a crowd, Alabama residents can still catch it this month on Alabama Public Television. Some upcoming times are:


—> Friday, Sept. 18, 9 p.m.

—> Monday, Sept. 21, 9 p.m.

Rusty and Beth have been busy greeting customers who have stopped by wanting to taste the Bar-B-Q they saw on TV. And of course, you can come eat at Rusty’s seven days a week to taste for yourself why, out of all the Bar-B-Q places in the whole state, Rusty’s was chosen to be in the spotlight.

Enjoy some Alabama Bar-B-Q today at Rusty’s Bar-B-Q!


To watch the trailer, go here.


Huffington Post Ranks Rusty’s Ribs As The Best In AL

“If you’re going for ribs, by all means check out Rusty’s Bar-B-Q in Leeds, a relative newcomer that is making the old pros take notice.”

Check out the article on the Huffington Post! The Best BBQ Across America, According to Experts


Rusty_Ribs3For the do it yourself types, Roll Bama Roll has a great interview for Rusty’s tips on how to cook your own ribs. For the rest of us, call (205) 699-4766 to order a slab or two!