Archibald’s BBQ


Inside,” originally uploaded by Made in Mississippi.

Amy Evans is back with a nice set of images of Archibald’s Bar-B-Q, on MLK Blvd. in Northport, AL. “Many–MANY–folks rank Archibald’s right up there as their #1 favorite A+ bbq joint,” she says. “The ribs really are great. And the sauce really is different from anything else in Alabama (mostly vinegar with a peppery punch). The real kicker, though, I think, is the place: it’s remote, it’s behind a house, it’s tiny, and it’s pink on the inside.”

Ms. Evans interviewed the owner, Mr. George Archibald, as part of “The Southern BBQ Trail: A Southern Foodways Alliance Documentary Project.” This collection of oral histories and other interesting (and useful!) information can be found here.

And here is her October 5, 2006 interview with Mr. Archibald. The introduction explains:

A native Northport, Alabama, George Archibald spent years working in a steel mill. His wife, Betty, worked at a paper mill. In 1962 they opened Archibald’s Bar-B-Q in their hometown. George Archibald, Jr. was twelve years old when he started working in the family business. Today, he and his sister, Paulette Washington, run the business their parents started. Not much has changed—not the ribs, the vinegar-based sauce, not even the pink interior of the place. Loyal customers drive up even before they open the doors at 10:30 a.m.

And of course, don’t forget to visit Amy Evans’s site to see more of her photography and paintings. More images after the jump.


George Archibald, Jr.,” originally uploaded by Made in Mississippi.



Front,” originally uploaded by Made in Mississippi.



2 responses to “Archibald’s BBQ

  1. Archibald’s is one of the best BBQ joints in Tuscaloosa. I should know because I am from Northport. Currently stationed aboard Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, I miss the great taste of the ribs and famous secret sauce-not to mention the smell of the BBQ being cooked. Don’t get me wrong, there are other BBQ joints in Tuscaloosa that I miss as well, but Archibald’s has an atmosphere all it’s own.

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