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From the Bear to Barbecue in Alabama

Appropriately timed in the heart of college football season, Jack Wilkinson writes about one of the country’s most iconic barbecue joints, Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in USA Today : "TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — In 1958, within a week of each other, two larger-than-life-sized men who would become Alabama icons officially opened for business. The Bear and Big Daddy. On Sept. 27, 1958, Paul "Bear" Bryant’s first Alabama team led LSU 3-0 at halftime before the eventual national champion rallied for a 13-3 win. Six days later, Oct. 3, John "Big Daddy" Bishop served his first slab of ribs at Dreamland BBQ. Fifty years later, this remains the perfect union of pigskin and pork. "If Alabama had an official restaurant, this would be it," University of Alabama senior Tim Chandler said. "Look at the walls. You see Coach Bryant’s photo. Coach (Nick) Saban. Coach (Gene) Stallings. It’s the best ribs in the world, and it’s all from a cee-ment shack."


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