Thursday
Aug092012

Sweet Home (and BBQ) Alabama

The Big Bob Gibson people treated me wonderfully. Manager Jeff Hess had replied in an email to "Come on down." So after meandering my way from Muscle Shoals through northern Mississippi, I hit bustling Decatur Alabama, in an upsurge due to new Big Oil and aerospace settling there. 
I arrived at BBG's just after lunch and the parking lot was still full...and that smell. I ordered a pulled pork sandwich, Don style...that's the way owner Don McLemeore likes it - half dark and half white pork (and by dark they mean the outside cooked part of the shoulder.) Hmmm. They plop coleslaw on top and squirt the whole thing with their tangy vinegar bbq sauce. You can't find this type of food in NY or LA, that's for sure.
Then I got my video camera out and Jeff took me on a tour of the back...with their huge smokers with hickory logs aflame. I got some keeper shots for the music video. But the BEST was when the waitresses all gathered around and lip-synced to "Bop Bop BBQ" in the song's chorus. They were the best. A big thanks to Jeff and Don for all their help. 
Don McLemore and mgr. Jeff Hess 
Homey feel, just after the lunch rush.
Now, off to the Mountain High Music & BBQ Festival, high in the Great Smokeys of western North Carolina.
Video from three months before the plane crash. Even though they were from Jacksonville, Lynrd Skynrd are royalty in this state. (note that they mention Muscle Shoals in the lyrics, where the LP was recorded.)

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