Saw’s BBQ

Worth a detour

Saw’s website describes the restaurant’s amenities as “plastic cutlery, disposable dishes and eclectic décor reflecting a hodge-podge of sports teams, license plates and anything related to ‘pig art!” In other words, it is a well-crafted dive, located on a strip of respectable businesses in the Birmingham suburb of Homewood.

The formula works, mostly because the barbecue Saw’s makes is very good. It’s the real deal, bold and smoky, including white-sauced chicken, pulled pork, and meat-heavy spare ribs. Side dishes are southern classics, too: mac ‘n’ cheese, clumpy sweet/tart greens, Brunswick stew, and, of course, banana pudding for dessert.

Chicken is a best dish, the bird impossibly tender with burnished mahogany skin from its extended smoke bath. It comes adorned with Alabama white sauce — a thick mix of mayonnaise, vinegar, and pepper that is chicken’s best friend. (But not pork’s; for that, there is tangy red sauce.)

In addition to its traditional meat menu, Saw’s serves what has become a popular item at local BBQ parlors: stuffed baked potatoes. They come as basic bakers with butter, sour cream, and cheddar cheese, and in a variety of configurations such as chili-stuffed, pork-stuffed, chicken-stuffed, and strictly vegetable-stuffed. Another non BBQ item worth a taste is Saw’s Carolina Dog. It’s what’s known in some places as a Dixie Dog, meaning topped with spicy chili and sweet cole slaw. The hot dog itself is very good: a dense, spicy sausage with crisp skin that snaps when bitten.

Note: Check the Saw’s website for its three other locations in and around town.

What to Eat
Saw’s BBQ, BBQ Chicken
BBQ Chicken
Alabama white sauce is especially peppery at Saw's.
Saw’s BBQ, Pulled Pork
Pulled Pork
Saw's pork is soft and unbelievably unctuous.
Saw’s BBQ, Carolina Dog
Carolina Dog
Carolina Dog is a taut, spicy sausage heaped with chili and sweet slaw.
Saw’s BBQ, Macaroni ‘n’ Cheese
Macaroni ‘n’ Cheese
Stout, satisfying mac 'n' cheese
Saw’s BBQ, Banana Pudding
Banana Pudding
The texture of banana pudding is like moist cake.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday11am - 8pm
Tuesday11am - 8pm
Wednesday11am - 8pm
Thursday11am - 8pm
Friday11am - 8pm
Saturday11am - 8pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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