Distance From Austin: 760 miles
Now, this is the longest leg of our BBQ road trip, but trust us, you want to head east to get some more unique BBQ. First up is Birmingham, Alabama, in a state that is having quite a moment in the food scene. While it’s not the first place that comes to mind when you think about American BBQ, that’s starting to change, as legendary BBQ joints in Decatur spread their word and trendier Birmingham establishments start to pop up.
The BBQ here is somewhat of a blend between the BBQ traditions of Tennessee and the Carolinas (more on them later) by adding their own unique twist: the white sauce. Yes, that’s right, Alabama’s creamy white BBQ sauce is typically made using apple cider vinegar, mayo and mustard.