It started as a quest to visit all the 60+ BBQ places in the counties of Madison, Limestone, Morgan, and Lawrence in Northern Alabama (that is the Hunstville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area).
Then I got sent back to Germany and there was no BBQ. But eventually I got assigned to a new job which takes me on business trips in the USA occasionally. So I reopened the blog – just deleted the “North Alabama” from the title.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Lawler’s Barbecue Express #1 (Whitesburg Drive)
Quest Log No 45 – Lawler’s Barbecue Express #1 (Whitesburg Drive) Huntsville, Madison County
The last Lawler’s on the list of
BBQ places in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area that I hadn’t
visited yet is the one with the 1 as the sequence number.
It is located right next to a gas
station, in a small building that it shares with the gas station’s office.
It has a drive through, and also a
small but relatively cozy space to sit inside with about half a dozen tables. The
furniture is wooden, the walls are decorated with some fishing related posters
and plaques, and everything is in good shape and the whole place is very clean,
with a health score of 99 out of 100.
Of course, after already visiting the
other four Lawler’s Express Barbecue restaurants, the menu has no surprises for
me anymore. The only item I did not try yet was the ham plate. And with that I
chose the BBQ beans and the potato salad as sides, just because I didn’t feel
like going with green beans and chips.
Unfortunately, my order was screwed
up a little, and instead I got a combo plate with pork and turkey, plus a cup
of ham on the side when the mistake was discovered.
Well, that was a lot of meat and
really more than I had intended to eat.
And so I only ate some pork and
some ham, and just a little bit of the turkey.
The ham did not taste real smoky,
and it did not have even a remote BBQ aroma. It was just baked ham, very tender
and kind of mushy, but also very sweet. I like the savory version of ham
better, and I kind of expected the flavor to go in this direction, because of
the hickory smoke it should have been smoked in.
Alas, it was just so sweet that I
had to pour a mixture of the hot and the mild vinegar sauce over it to make it
Also, the pork and the turkey
seemed to have been of lesser quality than I remembered it. Here too I could
not detect a real smoky aroma – I had better at other Lawler’s.
So, that concludes the Lawler’s
part of the Quest – until they open Number 6 at the new Madison Hospital
sometime in the next few weeks.