The Most Popular BBQ Locations In Alabama

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May is a popular month for many Americans for various reasons. 

For some Star Wars fans, May Fourth stands out as a great day signifying ‘May the Fourth (force) be with you.’ The day after is Cinco de Mayo, a popular Spanish holiday celebrating American-Mexican Culture that has become more popular in America than it is in Mexico. Mother's Day is a big holiday in the middle of the month. The last Monday of May is reserved for Memorial Day, the federal holiday that honors and mourns US military personnel who have died while serving their country. The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday of the month. Baseball is in full swing, the NFL draft has just happened and basketball and hockey playoffs are ongoing.

The entire month of May is also National BBQ Month. May is the perfect month to celebrate BBQ, as having a barbecue is the perfect way to enjoy the start of the summer months. Barbecuing has been popular for as long as anyone can remember, and where it had its start is anyone’s guess, but it is safe to assume that humans have been cooking meat over a fire for centuries. Tons of barbecuing at-home options have popped up in recent years, with smokers joining the fray as a popular cooking option, in addition to the traditional barbecues that frequent American homes.

Naturally, not everyone wants to cook at home all of the time, so there is a voracious appetite for BBQ restaurants. In a country with tons of amazing BBQ dining options Alabama recently ranked as the ninth-best state for BBQ, according to World Population Review. decided to highlight the best BBQ spots in the state as we briefly break from Alabama sports betting updates.

Top Alabama BBQ Restaurants By Search Volume

We wanted to take time at the start of BBQ month to look at the most popular BBQ restaurants in the state in preparation for the start of the season. To do so, utilized Google Trends to calculate the most popular BBQ restaurants by search volume from May 1st, 2022, until September 6th, 2022.

Here is what we found:

RankRestaurantLocationSearch Volume
1Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-QDecatur, AL61%
2Saw’s BBQHomewood, AL21%
3Dreamland BBQTuscaloosa, AL13%
4Heard’s BBQ And Soul FoodMaplesville, AL3%
5Carlile’s BarbecueBirmingham, AL2%

Which BBQ Joints Are Favorites In Alabama?

The results saw a clear favorite emerge from the pack with Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama leading the way with a massive 61% search volume. Saw’s BBQ in Homewood ranked second with a 21% mark and taking the bronze was Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa. Those three stood clear above the rest in the state and all would make perfect locations for Alabama residents to enjoy some fine American BBQ.

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Cecil Peters is a Senior Betting Analyst for A professional sports bettor in Canada, Cecil specializes in analyzing the latest odds impacting professional sports teams, with a focus on golf, the NFL and NHL.

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