Chasing BBQ: An Alabama & Georgia Feast

with Suzanne Klein
Chief Yummy Officer
July 8, 2016
Tags: Alabama BBQ Chasing BBQ Georgia

After leaving Memphis, the land of low-and-slow pork ribs, Savory founder Mike Johnston journeyed through Alabama and Georgia, the land of smoked chicken with white sauce and hot & fast spare ribs, for the third leg of his Chasing BBQ road trip. This is the region where he encountered classic southern inspired barbecue sides, like Brunswick stew, turnip greens, fried okra, and coconut cream pie. We recreated so many southern inspired BBQ recipes in the Savory Spice Test Kitchen that it’s hard to pick favorites, but I will. Here’s how I’d put together an Alabama & Georgia feast for friends.

Beer Can BBQ Chicken & Stefan’s Tangy White BBQ Sauce

Chicken with a tangy, mayonnaise based white barbecue sauce is an Alabama classic. What I love about this beer can chicken recipe is that you don’t need a smoker to end up with a beautifully barbecued whole chicken. If you want to impart some smoke flavor while you grill the chicken, try one of our easy-to-use Smoker Cans; they’re filled with quick smoking wood pellets and work on a gas or charcoal grill. For an authentic Alabama experience, don’t skip Stefan’s no-cook, flavorful white BBQ sauce!

Hot & Fast Ribs & Woody’s Peach BBQ Sauce
There are two reasons I love hot & fast ribs: the awesome char flavor you get using this quick-grilling method and the fact that you don’t need a smoker to make them. They yield a different flavor and texture than low-and-slow smoked ribs, but are equally delicious. Woody’s barbecue sauce is made with pureed peaches and Georgia Peach Spice. The sweet-spiced sauce is a perfect match for the charred ribs.

Cajun Fried Okra
No southern BBQ plate is complete without fried okra. These are easy to make and yield a super crunchy fried bite. Plus, the all-cornmeal coating makes these gluten-free! They’re seasoned with an addictive Cajun salt, a blend of Cajun Style Blackening Seasoning and kosher salt. I guarantee they’ll be gobbled up quickly.

Southern Style Turnip Greens
I thought I was more of a collard greens girl before I made these—turnip greens may be my new favorite. Flavored simply with bacon, broth, and Wash Park All-Purpose Seasoning, these are done within an hour of starting them on the stovetop. If you have any leftovers, they make a great breakfast side with scrambled eggs and biscuits.

Coconut Cream Pie
This is always on any list of classic southern desserts. Our version has a twist, with the addition of rich, flavorful allspice to the graham crust.  Combined with coconut extract and shredded coconut, this creamy dessert has a bit of Caribbean flair.

Hungry for more southern barbecue? Explore all of our favorite Alabama & Georgia BBQ inspired recipes.

Comments on this Article

No comments on this article. Be the first!

Add a comment:


Email Address: (will not be made public)

To help us reduce spam please click on the symbols in the image below

Subscribe via RSS Feed:


adobo Alabama allspice Atlanta autumn baking bananas barbacoa Barbecue barbeque BBQ BBQ Spices beans beef bison Black Dip bloody mary boiled brine bouillon bread brine brining buffalo sauce buffalo wings burger Burgers cajun california paprika Caramel Caribbean Carolina BBQ Carolina Reaper Cedar Plank chai Chasing BBQ chicken chile chiles chili chimichurri chinese new year chocolate cinnamon Cobbler cocoa coconut coffee cold brine Columbian Columbus Day comfort food cookbook cookies cooking with seeds corned beef creole Cuban curry dairy free dairy-free dessert dinner dip dip recipes dips DIY dressing dressings dried herbs extract extract recipes extracts fall fish flavored drinks fresh herbs fudge game day Gardening garlic Georgia Georgia Peach Spice gift gift guide gift ideas gift packs gift sets gifts gluten gluten free gluten-free gluten-free menus gluten-free recipes gluten-free spices Grill grilling Growing From Seed guacamole harissa harvest healthy healthy eating healthy recipes herb recipes herbs holiday holiday brunch holiday cocktail party holiday menu holiday open house hot hot sauce hungarian paprika ice cream Illinois Irish jalapeno Jamaican jerk Kansas City KC Barbecue Kentucky ketchup lamb Latin Lemon Lemon Bars Lemon Pepper lime makrut mardi gras marinade Marinades Marinate Marinating marninate meatball Mediterranean Memphis Memphis BBQ menus Mexican Meyer Lemon Middle Eastern mortar and pestle mustard mustard seeds Mutton New Year's North Carolina onion organic paleo paprika Peach Peaches pepper peppercorns pickles popcorn pork Pork Chops pumpkin Pyramid Peak Quiche recipes resolutions ribs salad salads Salmon salsa salt salt free salt-free salt-free recipes salt-free seasonings salty Sauce savory savory spice Scallops seafood seed to seed seeds seedtoseed Shrimp sides Smoke Cans smoked paprika snacks sofrito soup South Carolina Spanish spanish paprika spice to plate spicy spring Sriracha St Louis St. Louis St. Patrick's Day Steak stocking stuffers storage sugar sugar free sugar free seasonings sugar-free summer summer recipes super bowl sweet Texas Texas Barbecue Texas BBQ Texas Spices Thanksgiving Toast toasting seeds tomato traditions turkey Valentine's Day vanilla vindaloo Whole Hog whole seeds wings winter