Thursday night is usually the night I go eat with “the mom” (proud member of the peanut gallery). Tonight it was at Jim ‘N Nicks Bar-b-q. Having been several times at locations in Birmingham, I had only been once since it’s opening in Tuscaloosa a couple months ago and tonight it did not disappoint. It has an awesome laid back atmosphere and yummy grub – which brings me to my topic of the day – the loaded BBQ Baked potato – or what they refer to it as the “Pig in the Potato Patch”. It’s divine, that’s all I can say. Heavenly. Awesome. Yum. (ok, maybe that wasn’t all I could say 😉 )
What this spud story brings me to is…… (drum roll please) – THE original, THE best, THE most perfect potato in the world – Johnny’s Bar-B-Q’s (in good ole’ Cullman, AL) Barbeque Pork Potato (can you hear angels singing?).
As described in their menu…..
…you got one lip-smacking, belly-filling, foot-stomping, bulldog-slappin’ tator that you’ll never forget!
(I’m also quite fond of the owner – shout out to Ron D.!!) whoot! whoot!
Over the years, since leaving Cullman I’ve searched for a potato that could come close to this and Jim ‘N Nicks does a great job but it’s no Johnny’s. One thing that puts JBBQ’s ‘tator over the top is the unbelievably good white barbeque sauce (which I need to try and make) that you can request, in the perfect for serving, squeezy bottle – I just can’t get enough. The combination of the red and white sauce is incomparable. It’s slap your momma good. (but you best not try that)
I try and stop there when I go home to visit. Comfort food in a comfortable restaurant that has been family owned since 1963. The waitresses still call you honey or baby which in my book is as good as calling me by my first name.
Luckily for you, if you are traveling in North Alabama on Interstate 65 it’s just a hop, skip and jump (1.2 miles east on HWY 278 to be exact) from exit 308. I highly recommend making a stop. You’ll be glad you did.