Golden Rule Bar-B-Q
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Golden Rule Bar-B-Q

Golden Rule is the oldest continuously running restaurant in the state of Alabama, and the sixteenth oldest in the country. If there’s one thing we’ve learned in all that time, it’s how to BBQ. There’s is only only one rule… The Golden Rule!
8780 Madison Boulevard Madison, AL 35758
256 461-0004
Monday - Saturday 10:30AM - 9PM; Sunday 11AM - 8PM
This experience may be open for on-site visitation; however, offerings and/or operating procedures may have changed due to COVID-19. Please verify details before you go and visit the COVID-19 Resources page for more information.
Wheelchair Accessible
Monday - Saturday 10:30AM - 9PM; Sunday 11AM - 8PM

Getting There

  • 8780 Madison Boulevard
  • Madison, AL 35758
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One of the 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama

BBQ & Baked Beans

The oldest continuously operating restaurant in Alabama got its start as a roadhouse to the east of Birmingham. When Golden Rule opened its doors in 1891 on the dirt road to Atlanta, the Williams family served up pit-cooked barbecue and sold beer and cigarettes to travelers. Walk into the large restaurant today and you’ll see the enormous red pit in the center of the room. It’s the focus of the restaurant. Mike Booker, who has stoked fires at the Irondale location for more than 25 years as pit master, likes it that way. He puts the butts on in the mornings for the seven-hour process.

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