Baby Jack’s BBQ-Northern Alabama-Style BBQ in Bartlett, TN

Posted by on March 20, 2017

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Check back in the future for a full review. If you’d like to read more about it sooner, comment to let me know. Until then, don’t miss my Quick-Fire Guide below. Also check out full reviews and Quick-Fire Guides of other bbq restaurants from my BBQ Guide.

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Here are a few notes about the ‘que:


  • Ribs-On my first within their first year of business, I took my family. The boys and I split a slab of wet ribs. I liked that the sauce was glazed on, instead of poured on, however, I thought the sauce was too sweet and overpowered the meat a bit. The meat was moist and tender. When I took a bite, the meat pulled easily from the bone, but only where I took my bite. On my second visit years later, I ordered dry ribs to go. The meat was moist
    Rib Meat and Red BBQ Sauce From Baby Jack's BBQ

    Rib Meat and Red BBQ Sauce From Baby Jack’s BBQ

    and fell off the bone, which would actually result in a lower score in competition bbq. The meat should pull away from the bone easily, without all of the meat falling off the bone when you take a bite. Still, many people enjoy fall-off-the-bone ribs. I enjoyed the well-seasoned, savory, crusty bark, which contrasted nicely with the succulent interior meat.

  • Shoulder-Was moist and tender, but lacked any bark (crust).
  • Chicken-Was very moist and tender, with delicious, savory skin.


  • Ribs-On my first visit, I thought the ribs were perfectly smoked, but that the very sweet sauce overpowered the meat a bit. On my second visit, I thought the dry ribs had a very pronounced wood-smoke flavor, perhaps bordering too much. there was a slight bitterness, but I still enjoyed them.
  • Shoulder-had only a very slight smoky flavor.
  • Chicken-Had really nice wood-smoked flavor, which paired beautifully with the “Bama” white sauce.

Red BBQ Sauce-On my first visit was too sweet for my taste. On my second visit, I thought it was more balanced, but I didn’t ask if the recipe had been modified. I controlled the meat-to-sauce ratio on my second visit by ordering dry ribs, with sauce on the side. Eating the ribs this way, I thought the sauce complimented the meat very well. Note: It’s worth mentioning that Baby Jack’s BBQ offers a variety of sauces to appeal to various palates. I tasted them all, but didn’t note all of the nuances of each one. I focused on the house bbq sauce and the white sauce (below).

Northern Alabama-Style White BBQ Sauce From Baby Jack's BBQ

Northern Alabama-Style White BBQ Sauce From Baby Jack’s BBQ

White BBQ Sauce-This northern Alabama white bbq sauce is a creamy, tangy, spicy mayonnaise-based bbq sauce designed for poultry. I’ve had Big Bob Gibson’s white sauce in Decatur, Alabama among others and I thought Baby Jack’s was quite exceptional.

Thanks for visiting my Memphis bbq blog! Comments, rants, raves, disagreements and downright bbq feuds are welcome below. Tim Shirley

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