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Brick Pit

5456 Old Shell Rd., Mobile, AL - (251) 343-0001
Posted By R Laurence Davis on 10/21/2011 9:31:00 PM
Following the Roadfood recommendation and that of many locals, I had dinner at the Brick Pit tonight and the experience was wonderful.

The flavor of the meat is deep and dark. The use of pecan seems to impart a true "nutty" note. The rib meat does slide off the bone, yet it still retains some chewiness. I found the spicy sauce to be a bit bland but it does pair with the meat nicely. The slaw is good, but too pickle-juice-laced for my taste. The banana pudding (we got the last two portions for the night) is terrific.

However, whichever reviewer said "don't use the restrooms" was dead on and not because of the graffiti. The men's room (at least) was disgusting. It does make me wonder about the cleanliness standards in the rest of the place.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
barbecued ribs
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Ribs are very tender, but substantial enough that there is great satisfaction in pulling meat from the bone and chewing it.
"Ribs are very tender, but substantial enough that there is great satisfaction in pulling meat from the bone and chewing it."
Michael Stern





A great Deep South, two-meat, barbecue meal: ribs and pulled pork, beans, and potato salad. Plus a thick slice of white bread to sop up every last drop.
"A great Deep South, two-meat, barbecue meal: ribs and pulled pork, beans, and potato salad. Plus a thick slice of white bread to sop up every last drop."
Michael Stern


Most of the pulled pork is velvet soft, but among the tenderness are succulent shards of bark that deliver crunch and chew.
"Most of the pulled pork is velvet soft, but among the tenderness are succulent shards of bark that deliver crunch and chew."
Michael Stern


A sandwich is nothing but pulled pork and bread. Add sauce as you like: regular, which is nicely spiced and a little bit sweet; or spicy, with is darker and more intense.
"A sandwich is nothing but pulled pork and bread. Add sauce as you like: regular, which is nicely spiced and a little bit sweet; or spicy, with is darker and more intense."
Michael Stern


Beans are soft, sweet, and porky.
"Beans are soft, sweet, and porky."
Michael Stern


Pitmaster Jerry stands by the order window. Note the graffiti that covers every available spot on the wall.
"Pitmaster Jerry stands by the order window. Note the graffiti that covers every available spot on the wall."
Michael Stern


Inconspicuous and out-of-the-way, the Brick Pit lets you know it is the real deal as soon as you step from the car and inhale the smell of hickory and pecan-wood smoke and the meat it flavors.
"Inconspicuous and out-of-the-way, the Brick Pit lets you know it is the real deal as soon as you step from the car and inhale the smell of hickory and pecan-wood smoke and the meat it flavors."
Michael Stern


Wood ready to become charcoal for the 30+ hour smoke pit.
"Wood ready to become charcoal for the 30+ hour smoke pit."
Michael Stern


You can really taste the smoke in The Brick Pit's ribs.  They are as good as you will find anywhere!  The BBQ beans are a side dish highlight.
"You can really taste the smoke in The Brick Pit's ribs. They are as good as you will find anywhere! The BBQ beans are a side dish highlight."
Cliff Strutz


The pulled pork sandwich comes between two slices of white bread, sauce on the side.  With meat this tender and flavorful, the sauce is completely unnecessary!
"The pulled pork sandwich comes between two slices of white bread, sauce on the side. With meat this tender and flavorful, the sauce is completely unnecessary!"
Cliff Strutz


This sign is an obvious put-down of another barbecue parlor just down the road.  The graffiti you see behind the sign covers every wall all over the restaurant.
"This sign is an obvious put-down of another barbecue parlor just down the road. The graffiti you see behind the sign covers every wall all over the restaurant."
Cliff Strutz


Potato salad, made with mayonnaise, is a good companion to spicy-sauced barbecue.
"Potato salad, made with mayonnaise, is a good companion to spicy-sauced barbecue."
Michael Stern


The Brick Pit is housed in a small, low-slung building.  In other words, exactly what you want in a Southern BBQ parlor.
"The Brick Pit is housed in a small, low-slung building. In other words, exactly what you want in a Southern BBQ parlor."
Cliff Strutz


The small bucket-like device next to the sign puts out a strong smoky aroma to lure in passing motorists on busy Old Shell Road.
"The small bucket-like device next to the sign puts out a strong smoky aroma to lure in passing motorists on busy Old Shell Road."
Cliff Strutz


On a Par with Arthur Bryants, But Bill's sauce is better! Add a plateful of Pulled Pork and you more than one person's dinner!
"On a Par with Arthur Bryants, But Bill's sauce is better! Add a plateful of Pulled Pork and you more than one person's dinner!"
Al & Janet Bowen



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