RE: Good BBQ near downtown Birmingham?
There are several good Bar b q places in and around downtown B'ham.
Full Moon Bar b q is just off Red Mountain Expressway, this is the original location although I understand their are now several locations. A little farther out is Demetri's in Homewood. It has been a couple of years since I lived there but these are some good lesser known choices. The Golden Rule is another popular Bar b q place with several locations. Bob Sykes is the Bessemer pit mentioned earlier in this forum and another excellent choice.