Photo by Rachael Headley.
Southern Legacy BBQ Zman
The Z-Man, a sandwich served with the choice of chicken or brisket, is one of Southern Legacy’s most popular dishes.
2943 John Hawkins Parkway
Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Southern Legacy BBQ & Brew takes southern tradition seriously.
Formerly Up the Creek, Southern Legacy BBQ opened in August of 2011, bringing a new type of barbecue to Hoover and the Birmingham area. After meeting the owners of Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, Southern Legacy was inspired by their passion and driven to create something traditional but different from anything the area has ever seen.
The menu features southern favorites like fried green tomatoes, fried pickles, ribs and smoked meats. Southern Legacy’s meats are smoked on a plank of white oak, allowing the meat to cook to well-done, but still allowing the inside to remain a little pink, giving the customer the best of both worlds.
Not in the mood for barbecue? No problem. Southern Legacy has other options like fried catfish and You Geaux Gumbo, a southern Louisiana recipe loaded with chicken and sausage. On Saturday nights Southern Legacy also features prime rib.
“We don’t just specialize in a barbecue menu,” Catering Manager Leanne Cain said.
Another special touch to the menu is the origin of the side recipes.
“A lot of our side recipes are from our owner’s wife,” Cain said. “We are just really good, hometown barbecue.”
Burgers, sandwiches and pastas also contribute to the variety of the menu. On the lighter side, there are even four different types of salads incorporating the signature smoked meats.
The most popular dish on the menu is a tie between the ribs and the Z-Man, Cain said. With the choice of brisket or chicken, the Z-Man includes provolone cheese and two large onion rings all packed into a Kaiser bun.
Southern Legacy combines a family-friendly atmosphere with all the fun and excitement of a sports bar. With televisions broadcasting sports games at every corner, it is a great place to get together with friends, order wings, and choose from more than 20 different beers. T reach out to the community, during football season they also host tailgate and block parties. Southern Legacy also offers all of their choices to-go, as well as uncut meats such as a whole chicken, slab of ribs and full pork butts. If there is a party for the big game or another special event, they also cater. Depending on what the guests want, Southern Legacy can adjust the menu to fit the taste and style of the event.
Southern Legacy only has one location for now, but there may be others in the future, Cain said, adding that Hoover has been an ideal community to begin the journey.
“We have a blast around here,” Cain said. “The support within this community is absolutely wonderful. We have so many regulars that come in here, and we participate in all the school events that we can.”