Back in October I wrote about my visit to Decatur’s Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q. It’s an area favorite, award winning—a northern Alabama barbeque landmark. The problem was, I wasn’t as impressed as I expected to be. It was fine, but I didn’t think it lived up to its reputation.
My barbecue co-conspirator Sean discovered, however, that famed pit-master Chris Lilly was not at the main Decatur location, but at a smaller, second location tucked away on Danville Street. We decided to give it a try.
This second Big Bob’s location is an order at the counter joint while the original is “sit down” with waitresses. I ordered the small plate with a quarter chicken (white meat) and pork (diced into chunks rather than what I normally consider pulled).
What a difference a location makes. My last visit found the chicken dry and the pork a bit soggy. This time both chicken and pork were moist and flavorful–spot on. Big Bob Gibson’s is well known for its white sauce, and it complements the smoked chicken well. I agree with Sean that the main sauce is a bit too sweet, but some might like it very well.
So what’s the difference between visits—location or simply a different day? Is it the Chris Lilly magic? Whatever the reason, I suggest giving the Danville Street location a try, where the barbeque lives up to the Big Bob Gibson name.