New Market BBQ goes head to head in Alabama Tourism’s BBQ Bracket: Quest for the Best

Photo of author

( via — March 12, 2013) New Market, AL — New Market BBQ is among 32 Alabama barbecue establishments competing in the first Alabama BBQ Bracket sponsored by the state tourism department.  First round of voting for New Market starts on March 13th and ends the 16th.

The Alabama Tourism’s BBQ Bracket is the first one of its’ kind.  The statewide competition kicked off on March 11th and coincides with the NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament and The Year of Alabama Food. Everyone gets to cast their vote over the coming weeks.

The 32 Alabama barbecue establishments, which were originally selected by Facebook and Twitter users, have been divided into four geographic regions. They’ve been seeded and matched up in the bracket based on social media polling that was conducted last year by the state tourism department on The Year of Alabama Food Facebook page.

“Barbecue is part of our heritage,” said Alabama Tourism Director Lee Sentell. “As a result, there’s always been a debate in this state about which restaurant serves the best barbecue. Our Barbecue Bracket gives Alabamians and visitors an opportunity to choose their favorite barbecue restaurant. It’ll be a very tough competition, because our restaurants make some of the best barbecue in the country.”

Each matchup will last for 72 hours for a total of 28 days. The restaurants with the most votes will progress to the Sweet 16, the Elite Eight and the Final Four. Voting for the restaurants in the Final Four will take place from Apr. 1 through Apr. 5.

New Market BBQ, a destination BBQ joint, is up against some stiff local competition but with the “old school” barbeque and hickory pit smoked macaroni n’ cheese, BBQ beans and scratch made desserts; they are a force to be reckoned with according to their raving fan reviews on Facebook  Each week Libby gives away a free cake that she makes as her weekly dessert special, which their customers enjoy.

The winning restaurant will be named “The Year of Alabama Food Ultimate Barbecue Champion” on Monday, Apr. 8 — the same day as the NCAA’s Men’s Division I Basketball Championship. To cast your vote for New Market BBQ visit starting Wednesday Mar 13 thru Saturday Mar 16th, and as they progress through multiple brackets, keep checking back on their progress. 


The winning restaurant will receive a plaque and — more importantly — bragging rights.


Media Contact: Libby Webb


Phone: (256) 503-2534

Voting Site: