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Birmingham’s Best Eats: Golden Rule Bar-B-Q, hog from the heart


Golden Rule Bar-B-Q

Racks and racks of ribs at the ready at Golden Rule Bar-B-Q.
Photos by Eat Birmingham.

By Eat Birmingham

It was fun to watch someone experience Golden Rule Bar-B-Q for the first time.

Birmingham's Best EatsWe went to the original Irondale location for dinner with a first-timer in tow. This restaurant is the real deal, serving barbecue from the heart.

Our guest ordered pork ribs ($9.99), and I ordered the chopped pork sandwich ($3.39 for regular size). We both ordered fries as our side dish. Our companion confessed that she had never ordered ribs in a restaurant.

“Why now?” I said.

“Are you smelling what I’m smelling?” she said. “How can I not?”

She had never been wiling to commit to that amount of messiness in one meal … but on this day, her resistance was gone.

Golden Rule Bar-B-Q

Pork ribs.

Golden Rule Bar-B-Q

Chopped pork sandwich, with fries.

Our food arrived quickly. The ribs were perfectly prepared by first smoking, then moved to front of house where they were roasted over a hickory pit. The sandwich began as roasted pork butt then sliced and chopped after our order was yelled to the pit crew.

Fries are whole, skin-on potatoes sliced on the spot and cooked. We like dipping them in the white sauce, and we taught our guest the art of flavor layering by dipping the ribs in it as well.

Golden Rule Bar-B-Q

Golden Rule’s current location of some 30 years,
after several moves in its 119-year history.

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Golden Rule Bar-B-Q

  • 2506 Crestwood Blvd., Irondale
  • (205) 956-2678
  • Goldenrulebbq.com
  • Hours: 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday

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Eat BirminghamEat Birmingham (@EatBHM) writes about eating in Birmingham and the relationships people have with food, because of food and around food on her site, Eat Birmingham.

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    Saturday, August 14, 2010, 9:37 am

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Wade Kwon and Jon_Lewis, Eat Birmingham. Eat Birmingham said: .@wilsonsway Go! They arrive at 8:30 to start cooking for the day… and they love to share their craft. http://itswa.de/bbe-golden-rule […]

  2. Shaun
    Saturday, August 14, 2010, 5:04 pm

    Love this story. It reminds me of the first time I met my new college roommate at the start of my senior year: A young Malaysian woman, about 6′ tall and skinny as a rail, sitting with her legs crossed, spoon in hand and eating out of a half-gallon of chocolate chip ice cream at 4 in the afternoon. I asked her if she was spoiling her dinner. “I don’t like American food,” she said. “It’s so bland!” I immediately took her to a rib joint. Minutes later, she was licking sauce from her fingers and said, “I like this American food – it’s spicy!”

    Yay, barbecue ribs!

  3. Wade Kwon
    Sunday, August 15, 2010, 10:39 pm

    Which begs the question: Which rib joint? (I’m guessing it was a Yankee one …)

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