SAW’s BBQ — Homewood

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It’s only in the Southern US states where the word barbeque is not an adjective. It’s a noun, and for some, it’s a world all its own. Walking into a true hole-in-the-wall barbeque such as SAW’s BBQ is more than just a place to get some really good food to go, or to sit and enjoy a leisurely meal. It’s an experience.

Restaurants that spend a lot of resources on high-end décor, large open spaces, overly comfortable furniture, glossy menus, overstaffing, may put these things as a priority. These might be the features that get people in the door in most establishments, but that is not the case with a stellar barbeque joint. Locals, regulars, and people who will drive out of their way for good barbeque have come to expect the exact opposite. A place that focuses on great food and great value survives by word of mouth.

What brings ‘em back? Founder and owner Mike Wilson aka “Sorry Ass Wilson” (SAW, get it?) is the founder and head chef. Growing up in North Carolina, Mike started messing with the art of barbeque with buddies in the backyard. Even after culinary school he was still dabbling on days off. He would sell or trade bags of roasted meat for beer! Word was spreading and people were raving. His perfected style of slow roasting meats was known around the region as exceptional. When the time came to open his own place, things started rolling (like the Tide) from there.

From the pulled pork favorites, to fall off the bone ribs, Mike has taken the art to a new level. He is such an expert at the craft, that he has bottled his own barbeque sauce based on demand (available in grocery stores around Alabama).

“Barbecue and Southern food, just because of where my roots are from, have always kind of been a passion of mine,” SAW said.

And behind every successful man…there’s a woman! Mike puts a lot of faith in his manager/hostess/ waitress/, and bona fide dessert mistress, Anastasia Nealy, aka Miss A, who keeps the show running while Mike is usually out back tending the meat. Miss A’s cuisine compliment all that is Southern barbeque, and her down-home desserts are signature dishes all their own. 

She starts every day making up pans and pans of her sweet concoction: banana pudding, loaded with fruit, cream and nilla wafers.

The combo platters are the best things to try on your first visit. Other favorites are typical of barbeque side-show fare, but Mike puts his own spin on everything. For sandwiches there’s a smoked chicken sandwich that is different from anything else. It’s piled high with a signature Alabama white sauce. The baked taters are huge, a meal in themselves. Load them up with everything from cheese, pulled pork, green onion, broccoli, and smoked chicken. Ribs come with sides of your choice and there are many to choose from. They include Southern regulars like macaroni and cheese and tangy coleslaw, to deviled eggs and potato salad.

The focus of Saw’s BBQ is simple – good ole Southern soul food. Pioneered by Mike Wilson, Saw’s has taken Birmingham by a smoky storm. First opening in a residential area of Homewood, the venue has expanded to three locations where they serve classic pulled pork, chicken smothered in a distinctive white sauce, and barbecue-topped baked potatoes. Dubbed an ‘upscale dive,’ this barbecue joint is one both family and friends will enjoy.

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Location

SAW’s BBQ – Homewood
1008 Oxmoor Rd
Homewood, AL 35209

Our Hours

Currently Open for Curbside Pickup and Local Delivery Only!

MON-SAT 11 AM – 7PM
SUN Closed

Contact Us

Anastasia Nealey
Contact Us
(205) 879-1937

CATERING

Catering Manager
Holly Nealey
catering@sawsbbq.com
(205) 771-7622

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REVIEWS

Danny M.
Danny M.
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This was hands down the best fried chicken sandwich I've ever had. I got the Colonel which had sweet tea brined fried chicken, pimento cheese, pickles and white BBQ sauce. To be fair, you can probably brine in sweet tea and put pimento cheese on top and I'd be a tasty treat, but they do it right. It's not a place you can linger too long in the restaurant (outside is different). Eat. Eat again. Miss eating. Leave.
Thomas B.
Thomas B.
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Excellent BBQ. I would have even tried the fresh pork rinds if i had room in my belly.
Charles W.
Charles W.
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Best Barbecue in Birmingham! Went to Saw's with a friend over the holidays. These restaurants are the best places for barbecue in town, bar none. The sides are great too!
Matt M.
Matt M.
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My wife and I were driving home to Lexington, KY from the Gulf Shores. After a week of mostly seafood, some good, some not so much. I wanted to have some authentic Alabama bbq. We ended up finding this place. I had the pulled smoked chicken with a couple deviled eggs, both excellent. My wife had a fried chicken sandwich that was marinated in sweet tea and pickle juice topped with slaw, pickles, and Alabama style white sauce. It was sweet and spicy and to die for! Chick filet sprinkled with crack! I’ll stop any time I drive by.
Tunalic
Tunalic
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Their food makes me want to get fat... oh yeah, I'm already fat. This place is awesome. Saw's has four locations and every time I eat here I'm reminded that it's the best. Their burgers, bbq, wings (especially) and sides are magnificent. Keep in mind that it's tiny so seating can be a little hard and the line can get rather long at lunches. Put this food in your mouth and smile while munching!
Darrius A.
Darrius A.
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I never have a bad meal here. They have some of the best sandwiches here and they seem to be underrated by patrons. I always go for the sweet tea chicken and it always leave me satisfied. Now when you come here, expect a wait and if you manage to get a seat inside this little quaint restaurant, consider yourself lucky as there's limited seating inside. Otherwise, you'll be sitting outside. A lot of people don't know this but they have the coveted nugget ice. If you don't know what that is, it's the soft small pellet ice you see in most hospitals. I know you ice eaters will love that. They have your usual come products and teas, nothing fancy. They have napkins, signature BBQ sauce, and other basic condiments along with the extra absorbent blue paper towels to soak up sauce and drippings. The staff is friendly and hard-working and they make sure you're taken care of.
Mei Y.
Mei Y.
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THE WINGS. Just get them. You'll get to try both the red sauce and the white sauce in one dish. One delicious smokey mashup goodness. We also got the sweet tea fried chicken sandwich. My man was also raving about the white bbq sauce, which came on the sandwich. I loved that I got to try both sauces (and they compliment each other very well), but that white sauce is an Alabama special that you'll likely not find outside the state. Ambience wise, the joint is an adorable hole in the wall with friendly service. You order at the counter and pick a seat from one of the few tables.
Bobby J.
Bobby J.
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Food was very good. Unique style with their wings and smoked meats. Cozy dining area with additional seating outside. Staff was very polite and accommodating.
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