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Independence Day


The time has come! This coming three-day weekend is America’s big birthday celebration. Chances are, you’ll be gathering with friends or your family to have a great time. We are here to help you feed all those people.

We’ll be OPEN ALL DAY ON JULY 4th. Rain or shine, we can provide your traditional Independence Day meal. Order pulled pork or chicken by the pound, or ribs by the slab. Our whole pies are great to take to a potluck – please order in advance.



Place your to-go orders early and give yourself more time to enjoy the weekend.




Memorial Day and the Best Bar-B-Q Sandwich in Alabama


It’s Memorial Day weekend, and in the South, that means it is time for Bar-B-Q!

Just in time for the season, Al.com has decided to launch a search for the best bar-b-q pork sandwich in Alabama. They first opened up comments on an announcement post, and counted the frequency of mentions of various bar-b-q spots. The task was daunting, so they broke it up into regions and allowed voting for the best in each area. Writers from Alabama Media Group have been dispatched to the top restaurants in each area to learn more about the delicious pork sandwiches their fans rave about in each place.

We are humbled that the readers of Al.com count our pork sandwich among the best in the land. We are pleased to announce that AL.com put together this slide show article to talk more about Rusty’s Bar-B-Q. This will allow folks who may not have met us yet to have the chance to know a little bit more about our food and our family.

Speaking of family, if you’re feeding a crowd this long weekend, please give us a call to get your take-out order ready. You can order our famous pulled pork or chicken by the pound. Take it with you to enjoy at the lake or the pool. Our menu can be found here.

Finally, while we all enjoy our Bar-B-Q, we pause to think about the reason for Memorial Day itself. With gratitude, we remember all those who have lost their lives fighting on our country’s behalf. We do not take our freedoms lightly.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!



** Photos Courtesy of Bob Carlton/AL.Com

Bacon Explosion


First, I have to start by saying that this is not an original recipe. (Best I can tell, This is the original recipe.) However, it is a recipe worth sharing time and time again. I first learned of this genius culinary creation in 2013 when a friend shared it on Facebook. While intrigued, I logged the idea in my mind, and had all but dismissed it from my thoughts completely until the 2015 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival when Restaurateur and Top Chef Kevin Gillespie made it for a live demonstration. He made it look so simple – how could I not try to make it on my own? Chef Kevin made it look so delicious that I was emboldened to come back to the Rusty’s Bar-B-Q kitchen and give it a try.



Start by gathering all of your ingredients together. You will need:


2 lbs of bacon

2 lbs of sausage (I prefer hot breakfast sausage or Italian )

1 lb of shredded cheese blend (jack and cheddar work well)

6 fresh jalapenos, roasted, seeded, and sliced

1/2 lb chopped Bar-B-Q pork (from your favorite locally owned and operated Bar-B-Q joint)



Start by chopping half of the bacon, and put it in a skillet over low heat to render (like this!). 20150607_164639

While the bacon is rendering, lay out two sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil. Now you want to weave a bacon mat. That is just what it sounds like: a layer of solid bacon, intertwined in a porky, greasy, goodness. Here is a brilliant trick of the trade to make this bacon mat more uniform: use a rolling pin to flatten the bacon slightly once it is all put together.

Next, layer your sausage onto the bacon mat, leaving about an inch all around. 20150607_164648

Hey, don’t forget you needed to roast and slice those jalapenos!20150607_164649


Next, pile on the cheese…


20150607_164955…and the pork…20150607_165112…peppers… 20150607_165139…and BACON!!!

Finally, you are ready to roll. Remember those layers of foil you put down? Here’s where they come in handy. Once you roll your Bacon Monstrosity, you want to wrap the whole thing in two tight layers of foil. This will hold everything together while you cook it. (Cooking not pictured, sorry…) Put everything on the Bar-B-Q pit, or if you’re playing along at home, on the grill, or in the smoker. Apply heat to meat. Once the internal temperature reaches 155 degrees, unwrap this porky goodness.   20150608_120744

Glaze with your favorite Bar-B-Q sauce. In this case, I like a blend of Rusty’s Bar-B-Q Spicy and Sweet Sauces. 20150608_121838

I used the oven for this part, because it’s easier to control the temperature than on a pit. The goal at this point is to create a nice glaze. 20150608_133621


Now for the hard part. Please, wait at least 30 minutes for all of that molten cheese and bacon fat to settle down before you actually slice this thing. Use a long serrated knife to slice. Chef Kevin serves his sliced thinly on a big cat-head buttermilk biscuit. We served it at the restaurant as either a Bacon Explosion, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich, or as a Bacon Explosion Burger! Because there wasn’t enough meat in it on its own. 🙂


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We hope you enjoy this meaty treat.

2016 Winter Restaurant Week Wrap-up

Rusty’s Bar-B-Q wrapped up Birmingham’s inaugural Winter Restaurant Week with a bang! We loved having all of our loyal customers and some new friends stop by for our delicious specials.

Along the way, we were fortunate to get some terrific press for the event.

Rusty and James Little of REV Birmingham went on Fox 6 NewsGood Day Alabama with Janice Rogers and made Philly Cheese Sliders, a special that day.12446105_1721815054715966_1886985308_nPhoto credit Audrey Pannell, Style Advertising/Birmingham Restaurant Week

REV Birmingham blogger Emily Brown writes the “Dishing the ‘Ham” blog for Restaurant Week, and she posted about her trip to Rusty’s with her grandmother here. Her piece on Winter Restaurant Week, or, as you may recognize its hashtag, #WRW2016, appeared on the I Love Alabama FoodAlabama Food Blog” here. Rusty is honored that she called him a “true master.”

Al.com included us in their coverage of Winter Restaurant Week. As you can see, we were among a very distinguished group of local establishments.

Finally, we loved all the great feedback we got for our desserts. We made a red velvet cake to get folks thinking about Valentine’s Day and to show off this amazing frosting.

Thanks for all the support and stop by when you’re hungry!

Winter Restaurant Week


It’s almost here!

Birmingham Restaurant Week’s first-ever Winter Restaurant Week will be held January 25-31.

We are so excited to be a part of this event. Restaurant Week not only supports local small businesses in the Birmingham area, but is also an excuse to eat some amazing food at fantastic prices.

Like Birmingham Restaurant Week (held in August), Winter Restaurant Week features prix fixe menus at some of the best eateries in the Greater Birmingham Area.

Rusty’s will feature the following:

$15 Lunch Sampler for One – Includes 2 ribs, pulled pork, and 1/4 chicken (dark meat) with choice of two sides and a choice of dessert. Served from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

$30 Dinner Sampler for Two – Includes 4 ribs, pulled pork, 1/4 chicken (dark meat), smoked turkey, and smoked sausage with a choice of two large sides and choice of two desserts. Served from 5:00 PM until Close.

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The Year of Alabama Bar-B-Q

20150528_192241As 2015 comes to a close, we’d like to thank the Alabama Board of Tourism for hosting the Year of Alabama Bar-B-Q. We were so lucky to be part of such a fantastic effort to celebrate our favorite food as part of Alabama’s unique culture. Here’s a short rundown of some of the fruits of their labor

Alabama Barbecue: Delicious Road Trips – this book is still for sale at our restaurant and makes a great gift!
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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival – We took our love for Alabama Bar-B-Q on the road and showed thousands how we do “Q” in ‘Bama. This also gained us a mention in Paste Magazine for our banana pudding.






Q: Alabama Barbecue Legends – this documentary shines the spotlight on our state’s Bar-B-Q Pit Masters, history, and more.Q5

http://www.ilovealabamafood.com/bbq/ – This is the home page for all the action for the Year of Alabama Bar-B-Q. Be sure to check it out in case there’s anything you missed.

Mobile App – There’s an app for your smart phone that can guide you from anywhere in the state to the next delicious Bar-B-Q joint.

alabamabbqbattle –  this site hosted the friendly statewide competition that declared Rusty’s Bar-B-Q the best Mom N Pop Bar-B-Q place in the state!


Rusty’s Bar-B-Q Voted Best Mom & Pop Bar-B-Q in Statewide Competition!

11988465_10153172030010888_9003616050047267180_n“The hickory smoke has cleared!” as the Alabama Board of Tourism announced on September 1st the winners of the Alabama Bar-B-Q Battle.

A solid month of campaigning has (finally) come to an end and all of the hard work seems to have paid off! The Alabama Bar-B-Q Battle was a month long contest that ended on August 31st and Rusty’s Bar-B-Q was crowned the winner for the Mom & Pop category!

According to the Birmingham Business Journal, (and Yellow Hammer News, and AL.com) over 1 million votes were cast during the competition.  We are honored to receive such high recognition. Thank you to all of our awesome family, friends, and customers for voting more than 28,000 times! Most importantly, thank you to our wonderful crew for everything that they do on a daily basis to make this The Best Mom & Pop Bar-B-Q Restaurant in the State of Alabama!


Iron Bowl Today

It’s possible that there are people already in your house, as excited as if it were already Christmas. It’s the last Saturday in November, here in Alabama, and it’s time for the Iron Bowl where Alabama and Auburn play for the state’s football bragging rights.

It’s probably bigger than a conference championship or a national championship. Around here, it’s definitely bigger than any NFL game, including the Super Bowl. It’s the game that makes or breaks coaches’ and players’ careers.

Around here, it’s sort of like a religious holiday.

Chances are, if you’re an Alabamian, you’re going to want to watch it. This year, it comes on at 2:30 on CBS. It will be after lunch and before dinner, but that doesn’t mean your game-watching crew won’t expect to be fed. And of course, after all of that cooking you did Thursday and the shopping you did Friday, you may not want to prepare a thing for your guests or yourself.

So you can devote your full attention to the game, stop by Rusty’s to pick up some crowd-pleasing comfort food. We’ll be open from 10:30 AM -9:00 PM today. We’ll have the game on the big screen TV, so you can rest assured you won’t miss a thing.

For a crowd, we suggest pulled pork or chicken and some easy side dishes like our cole slaw or baked beans. And don’t forget dessert! Get a head start on focusing on the game by calling ahead for pickup orders.

Roll Tide or War Eagle? Rusty just says “May the best team win.”

Exciting October



 Soup’s On


There are lots of reasons to love fall: the cooler weather, the beautiful foliage, football, wearing boots and all things pumpkin spice. But at Rusty’s Bar-B-Q, we love fall for a different reason: SOUP!

Each October, we add soups back to our menu until the weather starts warming up in April.

This year, we’ll be serving Brunswick Stew, Brisket Chili, Turkey and Sausage Gumbo, and Chicken & Dumplings.

There’s really nothing like soup to warm you up!

Rev Your Engine

October brings Vintage Fest, the year’s largest event for our friends at Barber Motorsports. Barber already hosts its own collection of over 1,400 bikes, but Vintage Fest sees vintage bikes from all over the world descend on our little corner. We love seeing all the cool bikes and meeting all the interesting people from everywhere, introducing some to Alabama Bar-B-Q for the very first time! We’ll see you October 9-11, 2015 at the 11th Annual Barber Vintage Festival!

Scaring Your Pants Off 

For the folks who love being terrified, our neighbors at Atrox Factory have you covered. The largest haunted attraction in the Southeast is located right here in Leeds! This experience is more than just a haunted house, featuring the Legends of Horror weekends – a different horror movie star every week. We love feeding the cast and crew at Atrox, and of course seeing visitors before and after they’ve gotten their scares.

Outdoor Dining – Now Seating

Just in time for the bearable temperatures, we’ve completed remodeling our patio. The new picnic tables on our beautiful concrete patio will allow for more seating as well as giving an option to enjoy nice weather while eating great food. Come check it out before winter’s upon us.