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David Gibson's Barbeque

4114 Bob Wallace Avenue, Huntsville, AL - (256) 539-6312
Posted By Mike Stroud on 4/5/2011 8:50:00 AM
Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama has received a lot of national attention in recent years for its exemplary North Alabama barbecue. But most folks don't know that, just 30 miles to the east in the considerably more cosmopolitan city of Huntsville, one of Big Bob's sons, David, set up shop back in the 1950s to give the people working at the nearby Redstone Arsenal a taste of his father's style of closed-pit cooking.

Located in southwestern Huntsville, David Gibson's Barbeque is a bastion of traditional, uncomplicated Southern cuisine, as well as mid-20th century decor, with the classic wood paneling in the small dining area. The region's traditional pulled and chopped pork takes center stage on the menu, but don't overlook the fine rendition of North Alabama barbecued chicken, featuring the famous "white sauce" of mayonnaise, vinegar, and black pepper, drenched all over the poultry. David Gibson's also serves a catfish sandwich, for non-BBQ eaters in your crowd.

But take this reviewer's word: order a "jumbo" barbecue sandwich and you won't go wrong. Underneath the top of the bun lies some of the most succulent, smoky pork available in those parts, topped with a medium-shredded, vinegar-based coleslaw--be sure to say "hold the slaw" if that's not your thing. Sprinkle a little vinegar-and-pepper sauce, and you have a miniature barbecue feast.

This is a perfect place for take-out, particularly if you're visiting attractions such as the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, just a short drive away. It's definitely a taste of North Alabama for not much money.

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David Sander's signature food, the half bbq chicken in their tasty white sauce.
"David Sander's signature food, the half bbq chicken in their tasty white sauce."
Cliff Strutz





Here is a thing of beauty for barbecue pork lovers: crowned with medium-cut slaw, this bun serves as a throne for a generous helping of moist, tender, inside and outside meat. Connoisseurs of swine rejoice!
"Here is a thing of beauty for barbecue pork lovers: crowned with medium-cut slaw, this bun serves as a throne for a generous helping of moist, tender, inside and outside meat. Connoisseurs of swine rejoice!"
Mike Stroud


Nice, chocolaty custard in a very flaky crust with a good helping of meringue on top; it was everything you’d want it to be.
"Nice, chocolaty custard in a very flaky crust with a good helping of meringue on top; it was everything you’d want it to be."
Dave O'Ball


You'll find three bbq sauces on the table.  One white north Alabama sauce, a thin vinegar sauce and a typical red tomato based sauce.
"You'll find three bbq sauces on the table. One white north Alabama sauce, a thin vinegar sauce and a typical red tomato based sauce."
Cliff Strutz


As you could imagine, a place whose signature dish is chicken knocked it out of the park. The chopped brisket is on this plate too.
"As you could imagine, a place whose signature dish is chicken knocked it out of the park. The chopped brisket is on this plate too."
Dave O'Ball


The combo plate of pork, hush-puppies, fried okra, slaw and baked beans.
"The combo plate of pork, hush-puppies, fried okra, slaw and baked beans."
L J


The line at the serving counter moves very quickly. The menu revolves around barbecue-joint staples like pork, chicken, ribs, fish, and pies for dessert. And don't forget the sweet tea.
"The line at the serving counter moves very quickly. The menu revolves around barbecue-joint staples like pork, chicken, ribs, fish, and pies for dessert. And don't forget the sweet tea."
Mike Stroud


David Gibson's interior
"David Gibson's interior"
Dave O'Ball


David Gibson's BBQ
"David Gibson's BBQ"
Dave O'Ball


David Gibson's Barbeque is housed in a classic 1960s flat-roofed, cinder-block building on a busy street corner near the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal. Military and civilian alike make this place a favorite at the lunch hour. The drive-in is especially popular, since parking and seating inside are both rather limited.
"David Gibson's Barbeque is housed in a classic 1960s flat-roofed, cinder-block building on a busy street corner near the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal. Military and civilian alike make this place a favorite at the lunch hour. The drive-in is especially popular, since parking and seating inside are both rather limited."
Mike Stroud


This sign tells of the restaurant's history.
"This sign tells of the restaurant's history."
Cliff Strutz



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