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.