I’m working on a piece on barbecue in St. Clair County for Discover St. Clair Magazine and have had the opportunity to visit a few really good barbecue spots in the last couple of weeks. First up on my barbecue tour was an awesome little joint in Springville, Alabama, called The Shack.
Owned and operated by James “Sticky Fingers” Grigsby, his Louisiana-native wife Chauntelle, and mother-in-law Donna, The Shack is one of those places real barbecue fans should be willing to burn a tank of gas to check out. The shack is located on Alabama Highway 174 just off Interstate 59 in a small, green building with a gravel parking lot.
Don’t be fooled by the lack of decor. The food here is fantastic, and not just the barbecue. Mondays are po-boy days, a culinary tip-of-the-hat to Louisiana, where Grigsby worked for many years in the oil business. His ribs are amazing, having placed in 9th place at the Texas State Barbecue Championships a couple of years ago and has won Grand Champion titled in Florida and Alabama.
Perfectly smoked and topped with a sweet & spicy sauce, these may be the best ribs I’ve ever had.The Shack’s ribs are available only on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the last rack is sold, so make sure you wake up early and get your butt to Springville if you want to give them a shot.
Click the picture of James and a slab of ribs for a photo album of my recent visit to The Shack.