Rachel on the Road: Dreamland BBQ

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Dreamland BBQ has been a special place for a small community in Tuscaloosa and Alabama fans since 1958. John ‘Big Daddy’ Bishop “had a dream one night and in the dream he felt like God had told him to build a neighborhood café with a nice brick pit to be able to provide for his family,” Dreamland BBQ CEO Betsy McAtee said. Jerusalem Heights is where the original location still operates and nearly in the same fashion as it did more than a decade ago.

“If he could be around today, I think he’d be very proud of the great name and reputation that Dreamland has for barbecue, and the fact that we still cook the way he taught us to cook,” McAtee added.

The restaurant is deep in history since it opened the same year Bear Bryant started coaching the Crimson Tide. There are also a couple frequently asked questions and rumors you could say…We are clearing up if moonshine is actually in the famous sauce?!

What’s on the menu? Ribs, bread and sauce! McAtee said, those items will remain on the menu but, “it has expanded in some of our other locations out of town. We’ve added salads and wraps and few other things, but the main item is of course the ribs and the white bread and the sauce.”

With the kickoff of Alabama football at Bryant Denny Stadium, all doors are open in T-town and at all Dreamland locations. There are six across the state. Click here to find the spot nearest you.

“When you come to Dreamland you’re making a choice to come eat with us, and we are happy that you’re coming to eat with us,” McAtee said. “We view that as our responsibility to deliver the Dreamland experience, and we want to treat our guests and our employees as members of our family.”

“Ain’t nothing like ’em nowhere,” General Manager Kenneth Tate said.

Also, don’t miss next week’s Rachel on the Road especially if you like fried green tomatoes!


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