Well it is time for my annual trip south to visit my father in Florida and do some serious eating/smoking/grilling.
Then on the return trip stop off and see some old friends and hopefully some new (Bhambabe & family) in LA before heading up the Natchex trace and into the heart of the Mississippi Blues Delta, before returning home.
This year the trip is going to be special because of getting to meet some roadfood friends in AL, for dinner & a birthday.
iqdiva & Spouse
Adjuticator & Spouse
The Mayor & Mrs Mayor
I started this trip with mixed emotions and a heavy heart. My MIL is not expected to live much longer, she is dying of cancer. My wife and I discussed it and she said for me to go. I may have to cut short my trip and return home if she passes.
I have been so excited about this trip, not only is it a great annual trip, but on Thursday & Friday I will be cooking/smoking over 400 lbs of sausage.
On Thursday I have an entry for a hot sauce contest we have every year. Last year's wiiner was called diesel fuel. It looked and smelled like it, but had the kick of 10 mules.
Ok enough of the boring stuff onto the roadtrip.
Welcome to KY
The long and boring road (784 miles of it)
Welcome to TN
Welcome to Huntsville, AL (Ok so I missed the welcome sign)
That is a Saturn Rocket that sits right in the rest area as you enter AL going south on I-65.
Finally LUNCH I have been craving Big Bob Gibson's for several weeks.
[url='http://www.bigbobgibsonbbq.com/']Big Bob Gibson BBQ[/url]
Today I am going to have the BBG sampler
half slab of ribs, choice of 3 meats & 2 sides for $19.99
Here are the table sauces for BBG's
The white sauce is good on chicken (acquired taste)
The Championship Red Sauce is good on everything
The pepper vinegar is really good on pulled pork
Here is my sampler with brisket, turkey breast, pulled pork & 2 orders of BBG's potato salad
Wow what a boring color meal that was
Here are the ribs
Chocolate pie for dessert
I love BBG's bbq, I always try and go there when I am in the area.
Today however I was not impressed at all.
The ribs were over cooked to the point of being mushy, then on the same rib the end was hard like jerky.
The brisket was cold, it had a decent smoke ring, but know real flavor to speak of.
The turkey breast I love the stuff, but today it was cold and bland.
The pulled pork was also cold and over cooked.
The potato salad was over cooked too and warm.
(it is not supposed to be warm)
I was very disappointed, when I spoke with the manager, i told her what was wrong, she laughed it off and said she would have someone check the temps. No apologies, nada.
I took a comment card and plan on filling it out tonight.
So my meal I have been anticipating for weeks was horrible, I had planned on buying extra pounds of potato salad and pulled pork, but I walked ot with the only thing I enojyed was the pie.
Back on the road, my next stop was at Durbin Farms Fruit Market in Clanton, AL. [url='http://www.durbinfarms.com/']Durbin Farms[/url]
Over the years they have added on to the market, now they have a sandwich shop, bakery and ice cream shop.
I got 1 dip of home made peach ice cream
(made with peaches in the ice cream)
topped with fresh peaches
I am really glad that I did not get 2 dips, it would have put me in a diabetic coma. Those dips were HUGE, bigger than a baseball.
I looked around the market, man o man did their selections look good.
Here are the peaches
Finally back on the road, my next stop for dinner was going to be at Webb's 231 BBQ outside of Ozark, AL
THEY ARE CLOSED on MONDAYs
ok no big deal, I will go to DOBBS BBQ in Dothan, AL
THEY ARE CLOSED on MONDAYs.
So I pull out a peach from durbin farms and munched on it.
Finally getting closer
Here it is 11 pm I have travelled almost 800 miles today, the surf was quietly lapping at the beach. The moon was shining bright and clear over the water making silvery ripples in the waves.
Tomorrow is a busy day
Breakfast at Chef Imondi's
Dinner with Al & Janet, Joe & Rinda & Iqdiva & spouse at McLin's in Daleville, AL.
More tommorrow, I am tired and going to bed.....
ok so I may check RF some more.