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Brick Pit

5456 Old Shell Rd., Mobile, AL - (251) 343-0001
Posted By Tom Lewis on 10/26/2011 8:30:00 PM
I stopped in for lunch during a recent trip to the Gulf Coast. I ordered a combination plate with pulled pork, ribs, potato salad, and cole slaw. The barbequed ribs and pulled pork were some of the best I've ever eaten. Both of the side dishes were great and nicely complemented the smokey meats.

The spicy red barbeque sauce added just the right amount of zing to set the meats off. The size of my platter left me with no room for dessert and, as I told the owner, Bill Armbrecht, the bread used to sop the remaining sauce was dessert!

When I finished my meal, I placed a to-go order for a whole slab of ribs and four orders of banana pudding. Mr. Armbrecht personally selected the large slab, wrapped it in foil, and threw in an extra cup of spicy sauce. He did this because I told him I was taking a slab of ribs to my daughter as part of her birthday dinner. Note: Following the birthday dinner, the banana pudding was consumed with great delight; couldn't have been much better.

This place has the look of a classic Southern barbeque joint. The owner and the staff take great pride in turning out a superior product.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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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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