Winners announced

Blount’s Best BBQ

 

 

Historically, the state of Alabama is known for having some of the best BBQ in the nation. Turns out, Blount County has a hand in that history.

During the Blount’s Best BBQ contest, eight restaurants were nominated for three categories including best ribs, best pork, and best chicken.

And the winners are…

Phil’s Grill for best ribs, O’ So Good for best chicken, and Paw’s BBQ for best pork.

Best Ribs

Phil’s Grill is a relatively new restaurant in the west side of Blount County, and they literally have the best ribs some of The Blount Countian staff have ever tasted, and all thanks to the special million dollar rub put on the ribs.

 

 

“We call it the million dollar rub because it took us a million dollars to get it just right,” says owner Phillip Niblett.“This honor is fantastic. It lets people know the quality of food we have here. It shows that a hole in the wall place can have world-renowned food.”

A half-slab of ribs at Phil’s Grill costs $10.99, and a whole slab goes for $19.99.

Niblett has been on a professional awardwinning cooking team for years and says he only had to figure out how to apply his knowledge to the general public.

Phil’s Grill, located at 195 Smoke Rise Trail, is open Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For more information, check out their Facebook page.

Paw’s BBQ winner Phillip Weaver says when he was nominated for best pork he knew he would have some fierce competition, although he remained hopeful.

Paw’s BBQ winner Phillip Weaver says when he was nominated for best pork he knew he would have some fierce competition, although he remained hopeful.

Best Pork

But, no need to rely only on hope when you have some of the best sauce around.

On Monday, Weaver resigned from his position as Snead Police chief, and says he will begin opening his BBQ business full time.

Currently, he works out of a mobile trailer and takes orders through his Facebook page: Paw’s BBQ.

He says he will serve Blount, Cullman, and Marshall counties, and will soon be opening once a week, either Thursday or Friday, at the Jet Pep in Snead.

 

 

His most popular order is for two pounds of pork, three sides, and 16 buns, which will feed about 20 people, all for $30.

The secret to his great BBQ?

“It’s all the love I put into it,” he said.

Best Chicken

O’ So Good BBQ owner Oscar Bothwell says he sells big quantities of chicken, and the reason why is clear. It’s delicious.

“All we do is smoke it, cut it up, put a little sauce on there, and serve it up,” Bothwell says.

But, for it to seem so simple, it sure is o’ so good. A pound of O’ So Good chicken costs $12.99.

Bothwell has been in the restaurant business for 15 years and O’ So Good BBQ has been open for at least 10 of those years. Located at 55545 Ala 231, the main location is open Thursday – Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m., and 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday. But they have also added a mobile trailer location at Hometown Market that is open Tuesday – Saturday.

For more information, phone 625-4590.