Brenda’s BBQ

One of the best

You can’t eat at Brenda’s. But if you have a hankering for BBQ in Montgomery, Alabama, come anyway. Eat in your car, in your hotel, on a park bench, anywhere; and you will be very happy you did. This is excellent traditional southern BBQ, the meats fully insinuated with the perfume of hickory smoke, the chopped pork fatty and full flavored, the ribs a joy to gnaw.

There even are pig ears — an acquired taste, no doubt. They’re so tender that they really do fall apart when touched; but they do not fall apart like the more familiar meaty parts of the pig. Ear tissue, which starts as cartilage, is rendered into something that reminds me of a sheet of pink, pig-flavored fat. Not that there’s anything wrong with fat, which is virtually all flavor; but I must admit that because ears really do look like ears, I tend to get a little squeamish eating them.

Side dishes are immemorial: egg-yellow potato salad, sweet bbq beans, cole slaw, French fries, even, on occasion, camp stew (the local variant of Brunswick stew, containing okra).

Located on the West Side near Washington Park, Brenda’s has been earning its reputation as a Montgomery culinary destination since 1942. Its location is not the happiest part of town. The staff and other customers waiting for their meals were nothing but hospitable and friendly, although I probably won’t be coming back for after-dark meals, which are available only on Friday and Saturday nights.

What to Eat
Brenda’s BBQ, Ribs
Unlike gentle-tempered baby back ribs, these St. Louis style ribs are ungainly fellas, rewarding a good chew with an onslaught of porky flavor.
Brenda’s BBQ, Chopped Pork Sandwich
Chopped Pork Sandwich
Hacked up pork bathed in exclamatory BBQ sauce is a Dixie classic.
Brenda’s BBQ, Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
Tiny single-serving sweet potato pie is rich and sticky.
Brenda’s BBQ, Pig Ear Sandwich
Pig Ear Sandwich
Pig ears are ridiculously tender. Mustard, ketchup, and onion are de rigueur on a sandwich.
Directions and Hours
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
3 stops | 51 MILES | 1 hr 5 min

Sweet Home Alabama! ... from Selma – Queen City of the Blackbelt – to Montgomery -- the Heart of Dixie --  is an inspiring journey through the Deep South. Selma is all about the birth of the 20th century Civil Rights movement as well as home to some of the best BBQ in the nation.…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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