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Smokin Butts-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die – BBQ Plate at Hancock’s Country Bar-B-Que

The BBQ Plate at Hancock’s Country Bar-B-Que is my 84th dish that I have tasted on my quest to try each of the 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die, (17th if I am counting down.)

Although not in the original pamphlets written by Tourism Alabama, this dish has been chosen by tourism Alabama and is listed on the 100 dishes app. I knew of this place having watched Alabama Public Television’s Documentary, Alabama’s Barbecue Legends. I loved this documentary,  the film made me crave BBQ when I also crave to be a vegan.

You too can watch this 56-minute presentation on Alabama Public Television.  Alabama’s Barbecue Legends

Hancock’s Country Bar-B-Que is located on the outskirts of historic Selma, Alabama. This gas station converted into a BBQ joint is in its second generation of ownership and is said to have been “Smokin’ Butts in Selma since 1973.”

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Hancock’s Country Bar-B-Que of Selma, AL

 

On the night that I visited, I saw the owner checking in on the kitchen and if that was foretelling of the quality of my food.   The restaurant is casual, beverages are ordered at the counter and once I found a spot, the BBQ servers took my order at the table. The place was buzzing with seated customers and equally busy with carryout orders.

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Hancock’s Counter and Kitchen.

The décor is casual and full of interesting things to look at. From interesting antique signs, photos of Hank, Alabama license plates, and a coyote shot by an 8-year-old.

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Hank, deer and a coyote

fish,

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Hancock’s BBQ Fish and booth style seating.

a snake,

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Snake at Hancock’s Bar-b-Que

and wild game; not for the PETA fans, but I am from Wisconsin where this is the norm. There were also articles from several write-ups on the place and this cutie.

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This famous and seemingly happy hog at Hancock’s BBQ

Let me preface my opinion of this dish with the fact that I am not into pork. If you follow my blogs, you already know this. It is not a religious belief but if I had my own cook, I would eat mainly Vegan.   But let me tell you when the food arrived and I had my first bite, I said WOW, several times over!

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Hancock’s BBQ Plate

 

I ordered my BBQ plate with two of my favorite sides, potato salad. My sister and I had a rating scale for our beloved fish fry in Wisconsin (a whole other subject.). We always ordered those two sides because it could tip the scale one way or another.

The pork was outstanding, the potato salad was perfect and that coleslaw, both crisp and fresh, was among the best that I have ever had. Served with a few slices of good sized bread, it was toasted on one side giving a crisp AND a soft bread experience that is better than the usual ho-hum.   I absolutely loved this entire meal. But, what really tipped the scale was grabbing a taste of my husband’s ribs. I never ever order ribs on my own and I was curious so I took a bite and then snuck in a few more before I was shooed off of grabbing those bones. I could not put my finger on the flavor.  oddly, it reminded me of corned beef.  Tender and tasty, I think that they were my favorite pork ribs in Alabama thus far, and trust me; I have tasted a good number of them. Maybe it was the secret 150-year-old family recipe? Sold at the counter, you too can try this at home.

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Hancock’s Secret recipe Sauce can be yours also.

Although the pork was initially cooked over a hickory smoked pit that had to be tended too and monitored carefully, it is now cooked in a gas rotisserie and wood fired stoves. If my memory serves me correctly, Mr. Hancock was featured in this discussion of the documentary.

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The smokehouse at Hancock’s BBQ

I read this fantastic article in The Selma Times that the ribs begin three days before cooking with a rub, placed in the freezer, and then slow cooked to perfection.  Hancock’s Barbecue by Alaina Denean-Deshazo

Because I found each thing that I tasted above and beyond, I give this dish an easy

MEGastars: 5 *****

MEGatips;

  1. Do visit Hancock’s Country Bar-B-Que. From the Facebook page, the restaurant is open Mon-Sat 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and closed on Sunday.Hancock’s FB page
  2. Do visit historic Selma, Alabama. I have been there many times to visit the historic bridge, watch President Obama and other dignitaries give speeches, and visit sites on the Historical Civil Right’s Trail.

    I have written about these stops in a few other blogs. (Links to follow.) Each time that I visit, I meet people from other parts of the country and areas of the World. Also, the historic area has gorgeous architecture from an era gone-by.

    Links from prior blogs- “Sauntering Selma” Selma, Alabama “Sauntering Selma” Selma, Alabama   and When Life Gives You Lemons, Eat Lemon Pie – 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die  and 2015 Best,Weirdest & Coolest MEGabites

  3. However, I must inform you that you need to be aware of crime on your visit. This is the 8th most dangerous city in the U.S.A. and the 1st most dangerous city here in Alabama.Having lived in other places with low crime, I now tend to forget that this sadly is not the norm.  Crime and Safety 2016
  4. Do visit the Old Live Oak Cemetery if you are a photo or history enthusiast. It is especially f=gorgeous in the summertime. selma grave lady close side 2
  5. Do contribute to Public Television in your state.

_________________________________________________________________This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each post. If you are new to my 100 Dishes in Alabama escapade, this may be helpful information.

ABOUT:  *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 food fun while making my way like Ms. Pacman, in yet another state that I call home.   From the little old diner to the white cloth setting, this journey is an opportunity for me to explore my new state and experience pride in food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food, with some Alabama style. From the local BBQ smoker to James Beard recipients, you too will take a culinary trip across scenic and historical Alabama.  From this list, I select stops based upon convenience of location and they are in no particular order (but I already have a few favorites.)  Perhaps when I finish this list, I will rank my favorite dishes. You too may pick up the brochure at Alabama Tourism stops or download the alphabetical brochure that begins in Abbeville and ends in York.

I use a 5 MEGastar system.  For the most part, I am traveling a distance to try these dishes and these places get one shot at how I view the food and experience.   I will not be taking an average of three visit experiences and I factor this in when I give my star rating. That said, I’m very easy to please, I can overlook quite a bit and have worked in the food service industry.  I am not a paid food critic, just Meg, a curious traveler, with an interest in trying different foods and sharing my two cents on the experience.  I try to follow my own star system so that I may be fair to the wonderful dishes on this list.

  • *meh food. Just wasn’t good. Maybe the food came from a can? or,  the place was not one that I would want to send someone to show pride in Alabama.   This has happened to me a few times and is a difficult write.
  • ** passable – the food was “ok” but the place  was not “ok” or vice versa.
  • *** good but not outstanding or unique.
  • **** Very tasty dish AND meets one of the definitions set forth by Alabama Foods/Tourism, of local food and/or truly highlights Alabama Pride.
  • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. And/Or, something is very unique, something you cannot get anywhere else.
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