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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.

Rusty’s Bar-B-Q Awarded Best Mom & Pop Bar-B-Q in State of Alabama

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On Monday, September 21, the Alabama Tourism Department held an awards ceremony at Historic Sloss Furnaces for the winners of its Alabama Barbecue Battle.

The online competition, held the entire month of August, divided nominees by category. Rusty’s found out it won its category, “The Mom N’ Pops” on September 1.

While Rusty’s has always been classified as a “Mom N’ Pop” establishment (one location, family owned and operated), Beth and Rusty actually became a “Mom” and a “Pop” in April with the birth of their son, Thomas.

The media loved this, and included all three Tuckers in their photos and video of the event. Here is Thomas in his television debut from Birmingham’s WIAT (CBS 42), and an interview with his dad.

WVTM TV (NBC 13) also had coverage here. And WBRC (Fox 6) covered it here and it was reposted here. Although it was a statewide competition, four out of the five winners were from the Birmingham area, which includes Leeds. Leeds can also be counted as the St. Clair area, and the St. Clair News-Aegis also reported on the competition.

You can see more about all the winners in the al.com article here. The Quad Cities Daily mentions Rusty’s victory over Cullman’s Johnny’s BBQ here. The Bear Country (95.3) from Tuscaloosa mentioned the story as well.

We also appreciate the mentions by the Montgomery Advertiser, Birmingham Business Journal, KEYC, and Yellowhammer News.

We are so honored to have been chosen in this competition, as the nominations were formed by the fans responses to an Alabama Food Facebook post as part of the Year of Alabama Barbecue. Fans gave us more than 28,000 clicks in August, which is quite the feat. We thank each friend, family member, and customer near and far for taking the time to participate.

In fact, our favorite part of all of this is we had so much participation from our customers. The critics can say anything they’d like, but if the customers don’t like the food, they won’t be back. Thank you for liking us, not only online but in real life, every day.

Come in to the restaurant to see our plaque! It’s beautiful, and features the fantastic Year of Alabama Barbecue logo, showing the State of Alabama as part of a pig.



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.