Prepping for the Tennessee BBQ Festival in Alabama

Knowing that the Music City BBQ Festival is just a few weeks away, I needed to condition myself for a real rib smörgåsbord. I wasn’t looking for a chain experience. Oh no… I wanted the real thing. Seeing how I’ve been limited on my travel lately, it was more than a coincidence that my job would send me to the state of Alabama… a place known for their BBQ. Of course many can argue that <insert state here> is the best, I have to admit that those Alabama brethren can handle their own when it comes to BBQ. So when Monday morning rolled around, I already knew where I was going to go for lunch when I got to Birmingham.

I’ve been to Full Moon Bar-B-Que before and many of you may have already recognized the pictures from my Facebook Food Journal. However, I rarely get to travel out-of-state these days and I wanted to give Full Moon Bar-B-Que an official review. Monday marked my 3rd time dining at Full Moon Bar-B-Que (twice in Birmingham and once in Tuscaloosa) and it was just as good as I remembered.

Full Moon is easily noticeable by their signature logo, a creepy drawing of a Moon with a face. They have updated their dining area since the last time I was there. Laden with several large LCD TVs all around the restaurant and brand new wooden furniture, you can’t help but notice their dedication to the Southeastern Conference with wallpaper trimmings & photos of various Alabama sports figures. Several framed news articles & clippings about the restaurant are strewn across any open spot where there isn’t sports memorabilia. As impressive as their new dining arrangement seems, their food is even more outstanding.

Many can argue that BBQ can be made by other methods such as broiling, grilling, baking, or braising but I disagree. Full Moon makes BBQ the only way I deem is the right way: by smoking. Without the method of smoking, you don’t get what is known as the “smoke ring”, a think pink layer that surrounds the meat.  Specifically, Full Moon Bar-B-Que smokes their meat in a hickory wood-fired pit and then tops the ribs with a BBQ sauce that isn’t too sweet or spicy, but has just the right amount of tanginess. If BBQ ribs don’t tickle your fancy, you can always try their dozens of menu items: pork, beef brisket, turkey, pork links, chicken, chicken tenders, buffalo wings, burgers, BBQ sandwiches, fried catfish, and dozens of sides. For those trying to be more conscious about their diet, they offer a wide range of salads and stuffed potatoes. They even offer cookies, carrot cake, and an assortment of pies. To top it all off, Full Moon Bar-B-Que claims that everything that they serve is homemade. So you can guarantee that your meal is as authentic as it gets.

As for my order, I opted for the classic spare rib plate with potato salad and baked beans. The sides were delicious. The potato salad reminded me of a mustard potato salad with firm (not too soft) diced potatoes and the baked beans were nice and hot with chunks of pork meat simmered in a sweet BBQ sauce. Of course I wasn’t there for the sides, so I only took a couple bites from each side to make sure I had room for every single one of my ribs.

The ribs were heavenly. Each one had a nice coating of Full Moon’s homemade BBQ sauce that was slightly sweet and spicy, but had a lot of tanginess to it. As the BBQ sauce dissolved on my tongue and you could really taste the savory flavors in the tender rib meat itself: a little bit of salt, a little bit of spice, a little bit of the oils from the fat, and a lot of smokiness. I loved them so much, I made sure I gnawed off every piece of meat off the bone and I even ate the cartilage too!

If you are ever in the Alabama area, I would advise you to try Full Moon Bar-B-Que. They have several locations scattered across the state so you are sure to find at least one. Even if you aren’t a rib person, they have numerous dishes for you to try but I still highly suggest the ribs. They might even convert you. There’s a reason their trademark slogan is “Best little pork house in Alabama.”

Full Moon Bar-B-Que
4635 U.S. 280
Birmingham, AL 35242-5031
(205) 991-7328

Bill Total: $14

Full Moon Bar-B-Que on Urbanspoon

Food:4.5/5.0 ★★★★½ 
Service:3.0/5.0 ★★★☆☆ 
Atmosphere:3.5/5.0 ★★★½☆ 
Price:4.0/5.0 ★★★★☆ 
Overall:4.0/5.0 ★★★★☆ 

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