RE: Good BBQ near downtown Birmingham?
There is a branch of Jim 'N Nicks in Hoover which would be about a 15 minute cab ride from downtown. You can eat in or get food from the drive through. I loved their cheese biscuits. Also you can choose from things besides pork (as a Yankee I don't eat pulled pork very often, we just don't have it up here and my tummy found it was happier with turkey or chicken bbq.)The pies are incredible, too.