Brick Pit BBQ is a chow down paradise. This an off the cuff, somewhat hidden shack is dedicated to the holiest of cooking techniques – smoking meats. This solid BBQ spot is located off an area populated with shopping centers in Mobile, Alabama. That’s right, Mobile, Alabama. War Eagle! Off the Mobile Bay, in an culinary landscape dominated by fresh Gulf seafood, grits, and Southern comfort delights, Brick Pit BBQ is a man’s man restaurant. With its simple limited menu, lived-in decor, unbelievable fragrants, and an enduring passion for smoked BBQ, you’ll feel like this place has always been waiting for you.
Brick Pit BBQ, best BBQ in Alabama?
Without the recommendation of a friend, I would never have known about Brick Pit BBQ. Thank the heavens for Facebook status updates. All you have to do is check out Brick Pit’s homepage to get a taste of its accolades. I don’t like to hop on the bandwagon and get caught up in all the hype, but it is highly impressive. Travel Channel even included it in its “America’s 101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown” special, found here.
The Brick Pit BBQ house is located right of the road. The parking lot is not asphalt, but rather a tried and true country dirt road. The parking is in the back behind the house, enclosed by enormous trees. Even as you drive into the parking area, the wonderful wafts of smoked meats penetrate your car’s AC systems. The smell is intoxicating. When you step out of the car, the sinful flavors of smoke and burning hickory and pecan flood your senses. Needless to say, I began to salivate instantly.
The interior of Brick Pit BBQ is one that fits the bill nice and snug. The low ceiling, unpretentious decor and service staff is well appreciated. I may have fell in love with the lady who takes your order behind the counter. A cutie pie that smells like smoked pork equals my dream honey. You order at the counter and then take a sit at one of the tables and wait for your food. Two cooks were sitting in the main room watching TV when I was there, sipping on sweet tea. The walls are littered the names and notes from people who’ve gorged here in the past, in addition to random articles about the Brick Pit BBQ.
Smoked pulled chicken, pulled pork, and ribs
The menu is incredibly short and to the point. There are three main proteins: smoked BBQ chicken, smoked pulled pork, and smoked ribs. You can either order by the BBQ plate or sandwich. The BBQ plates are huge portions with sides of cole slaw, BBQ beans and Texas Toast. Texas Toast is not toasted, but really a thick slice of extremely soft, melt in your mouth white bread. The sandwiches are served in these mammoth pieces of Texas Toast. While a nice touch, the Texas Toast is a bit overwhelming for me as it masks the BBQ flavors. Eating it as an open-faced sandwich is the way to go, thus eliminating one of the two pieces of Texas Toast and allowing the BBQ to breathe.
I had the smoked BBQ chicken and smoked pulled pork sandwiches. I was dying to try and ribs, but given I was making the stop at Brick Pit before running to a wedding weekend, I decided ordering both the sandwiches and the ribs would have been overload. The chickens are smoked for 6 to 8 hours, the ribs for 12 hours and the pulled pork for up to 30 hours all over a blend of Hickory and Pecan. Both the chicken and pulled pork were incredibly lean and clean. I like mine with a bit more fat but that’s my preference. The taste of smoke was prevalent, but not overbearing. A true mark of mastery. The flavors upon first bite were gripping, yet to be honest, it was a bit dry for me at first. This can at attributed to my preference for some animal fat, which when being pulled are at times discarded. But a little dripple of their homemade spicy BBQ sauce brought the sandwiches to a new ballgame. It became more moist and the hint of spicy sweet from the sauce married nicely with the smoked BBQ. Truly a great [open-faced] sandwich.
Now truth be told, I’m still disappointed I did not order the ribs. The reviews on them are favorable. The second regret I carry with me is not trying their homemade banana pudding. Next time I visit, these will be the first two items I order. If you find yourself in Mobile, Alabama, do yourself well the treat and head to Brick Pit BBQ for the smokey goodness.