Southern Barbecue in Jasper, AL

By Barbara Biehler on May 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm EST
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If you’re looking for Southern barbecue, the Jasper offers a number of restaurants that put their own tasty spin on this traditional smoked favorite.

Leo & Suzie’s Famous Green Top Bar-B-Q

The legendary Green Top in Dora was built in 1951 on new Highway 78 just over the Walker County line. As travelers headed toward Memphis, the Green Top’s Jefferson County location was the last place you could legally buy beer before driving farther west into Mississippi. The Green Top, a simple 20-by-30-foot concrete establishment, not only attracted thirsty travelers, but became a haven for those who loved great barbecue.

In 1973, Leo and Suzie Hendrick, with their sons Richard and Preston, purchased the Green Top and expanded the business even further, turning the iconic Green Top into a family-oriented restaurant better known today for its delicious barbecue. Great improvements have been made to the building over the years, and the owners, which now includes Richard’s son Tony, work hard to create their famous barbecue specialties. 

Pork barbecue sandwiches, plates, potatoes and even salads are on the menu, but if you’re not in the mood for barbecue, Leo & Suzie’s also serves regular salads, hamburgers, cheeseburgers and much more. Leo & Suzie’s opened a second location in Jasper in June 2011. 

Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q 

Low and slow is the way Jim ‘N Nick’s in Jasper cooks up its barbecue favorites. Far from the typical restaurant franchise, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q bathes its pork shoulder in hickory smoke for at least 14 hours before turning it into delicious menu items, like the pulled-pork plate, kitchen sink barbecue nachos or pig in the garden salad. Everything here, from the pies to the croutons for the salads, is made from scratch. 

Jim ‘N Nick’s also serves baby back ribs, beef brisket, smoked chicken and non-smoked items, including the fried catfish plate and classic pimento cheese sandwich. Be sure to stop at Jim ‘N Nick’s on “Taco Tuesday,” for their unique barbecue pork, chicken or beef brisket tacos. 

Danny’s Downtown Barbecue 

In business for more than eight years, Danny’s Downtown Barbecue in Jasper specializes in barbecue and fresh homemade items for takeout, says owner Rita Crider. Spare ribs, baby back ribs, pulled-pork sandwiches and plates with Alabama hogwash sauce, smoked half chickens, and pulled-chicken sandwiches with Alabama whitewash sauce are just a few of the flavorful barbecue favorites you’ll find here.   

Don’t want barbecue? Have one of Danny’s rib-eye sandwiches or hamburgers fresh off the grill. Danny’s also features a delicious soup made from scratch every day.

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