Meg Went All Higgedly-Piggedly in Prattville, Alabama at Fat Boy’s Bar-B-Que Ranch
*100 Dishes to eat in Alabama before you die is a compilation of food to chow down on Bama style. Thanks to Tourism Alabama, www.alabama.travel my Alabama bucket list just became a little easier. I am going to have some fun while making my way like Ms. Pacman, in yet another state that I call home. Download the alphabetical brochure that begins in Abbertville and ends in York. From the little old diner to the white cloth joint, it is an opportunity to explore and experience pride in the food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food with some Alabama style.
In my prior blog, I wrote about my first “dud” while playing “100 Dishes In Alabama To Eat Before You Die,” and that sucked. Because of that unfortunate attempt, I got hungry, rambled around Prattville Alabama and hit a home run at Fat Boy’s Bar-B-Que Ranch. Even though Prattville was not a “megastop,” I went all higgledy –piggledy here. I found some weird things to do and ate some good chow. I am digging kickin around Alabama.
Millions of people pass by Prattville, Alabama on I-65 and never take the quantum leap to BBQ nirvana, and yet just a few short minutes off of I-65, in historic downtown Prattville and on the banks of the Autauga Creek, my barbeque world was rocked. Fat Boy’s is a family owned and operated BBQ place “where everything is homemade, the way it is supposed to be.” I just absolutely LOVED the food. It is NOT on the list for “100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.” In my humble Meg opinion, it should be. I have eaten in BBQ places all over the U.S., and this one is Bomb Diggety, likely my new personal BBQ favorite.
As if driving onto a ranch, you enter the parking lot through a customized crafted iron overhead sign and smell the cooking. A concrete pig bench greets you and framed articles that have been written about this establishment hang on the walls, some from well known magazines.
This is a very clean restaurant and your eye wanders to all of the interesting things. The point being that the owners took the time to show pride in their details.
You order at the counter, get your own drink, and seat yourself in either the indoor or covered outdoor area which overlooks the creek. The food comes out really fast. It is served on Styrofoam and you clean up after yourself. I know this fact would be a downside for some, and usually these places are ruled out by my husband, but he also loved the food. I thought it was like a picnic thing and I had no issue with it.
Their meat is smoked over natural hickory hardwood right on site. I tried all of their meats on what is called a “Fat Boy Favorite” and gives you a taste of their selections. I was blown away by the chicken and my husband loved the beef brisket and the ribs. Usually, I only order pulled pork at BBQ places but the smoked chicken is the BEST that I have ever eaten.
The skin of the chicken is crispy and looks like a work of culinary art. Apparently, I am simpleton. All of their meats have this amazing smoky flavor. I am talking taste that rolls around your tongue and you blow smoke rings, in my mind anyway. The meat is moist, not soggy, nor dry, simply sheer perfection. They make their own tomato based sweet BBQ sauce but I just love the taste of their smoked cooking, naked, sans sauce.
I would never have ordered the sausage but it was on the platter, holy smoked animal, it was really great stuff. The homemade sides which are served were perfect. My husband loved the unique baked beans.
The BBQ tater menu is great and I noticed people ordering them. They have a camp stew which doesn’t look great in a photo but tastes really good.
Portion size is ample and I am thankful when I go out to eat that I get enough to eat.
This leaves me to the desserts. I normally do not order dessert after a big meal. Since I have a mental scorecard for BBQ joints, and this mental list includes dessert, I decide if the place is over the top good based partially on their dessert.
And check this menu out; homemade banana pudding, strawberry pudding, peach cobbler, fried apple pie, fried blackberry pie, pound cake and Blue Bell Ice cream. Are you kidding me? I tried the Banana Pudding and my husband had the fried blackberry pie and ice cream. Seriously, it was to die for.
Slap your grandma. The BEST!
I note that they have served 1,476,335 since 1998 and that Fat Boy’s has catered many prestigious events in Alabama, but one that sticks out to me is Southeast Livestock Exposition, testimony to the real deal. I can’t wait to go back. I give this place 5 out of 5 megastars. *****
Megatips– check their website or call before you go as they have their own operating hours and are closed on Sunday’s. Bring a friend and try the “Fat Boy Favorite.” Leave room for dessert.