Leatha's has an impressive reputation for a restaurant located behind an RV lot. I have read rave reviews about its ribs and the waitresses' have an uncanny ability to memorize entire parties worth of orders on the fly. More importantly, Leatha's was a big inspiration to mega-lesbian Iron Chef - Cat Cora.
Leatha's was also closed so I headed towards Tuscaloosa to try the original location of Dreamland Barbecue.
I walked around the place taking pictures from every angle imaginable. Even before I asked, the employee offered to show me the open-pit where they cook the ribs. The fire and coals were glowing red-hot. He informs me that they cook their ribs for 45 minutes to an hour over burning hickory logs. Traditional barbecue restaurants typically smoke ribs from anytime between 4 to 12 hours. Grilled ribs at Dreamland? Nothing better to do than order a full slab since ribs are the only thing on the menu.
All the fat in the tip of the spare rib was still intact and impossible to chew through. Although I was definitely disappointed in the quality of the ribs (grilled rather than smoked), I still love how distinct and incredible its sauce is.