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Jim Deerman's Barbecue

1644 Forestdale Plaza, Forestdale
798-3565
In a small, homey store along U.S. Highway 78, Dave Lawrence continues the tradition of his father-in-law Jim Deerman, who retired from the business in 1982.

Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 03:05PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments5 Comments

Reader Comments (5)

I grew up on Deerman's BBQ. I hate that they occasionally serve to-go orders of cold BBQ. Mr. Jim would roll over in his grave. All in all, Deerman's use to be the best BBQ I could find - but now I wouldn't say that. Despite its decline, I can't think of anyone who is better...cold or hot.

July 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChad

deermans use to be a place of quality and compassion. the food use to be excellent and the people who use to work there actually cared about the customers. Mr. david lawrence who was the owner before he was tragically killed ran the place with pride and sincerity. he was one of the nicest people i have ever met. but since his death his son took over the operations and it has been all down hill ever since. ... the quality of food has declined he hires people that have no work ethic. in the meantime i suggest to all patrons find the nearest fullmoon or jim and nicks. [Edited by Bhamdining 12/21/08]

December 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbone in bone out

First of all, Jim Deerman could care less about Deermans' BBQ and that is why David Lawrence took it over. David would be so proud of his son, Chris, to see what a great job he has done with the place and the fact that he built a new store. Maybe the restaurant isn't in the best part of town and lack of people with work ethic living nearby to hire results in difficulty hiring loyal employees. Everytime I have been to Deerman's the food has been wonderful.

January 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

I can understand from a customers point of view that there will be some complaints. If only people knew of the heart ache that family has had to endure. And Chris Lawrence, who was only 27 year old when he took over the business, has done an excellent job. He went from working closely with his father every day to suddenly having to do everything on his own with no one there to give him advise. David's children struggled with even keeping the business open but they wanted to keep it going because their father worked so hard to make it what it was. I would also like to clear up the "Jim Deerman" issue. He was nothing more than a name on a sign. He has had nothing to do what so ever with this business since it started in 1982. "Mr. Jim" is still living and has very little contact with David's children. For someone who was sort of thrown to the wolves, Chris Lawrence has done an excellent job. You are welcome to go to jim n nicks or full moon, but you will never find the heart in those million dollar chains that you will find in Deermans BBQ.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

I accidently stopped by on my way through B'ham three weeks ago at Deerman's and it is absolutely THE best smoked pork I've ever had. So good that I knew I was stopping for more on the way back home. 3 lbs bulk pulled came home with me. I luckily found myself in B'ham area again last week end. We went out of our way by an hour to eat at Deerman's. This time we had the ribs... HOLY COW! Even better than the pulled pork! Sauces are good but this BBQ does not need sauce. Deerman's is the first smoked meat I've ever eaten and did not want sauce. I'll go everytime I'm close to B'ham.
BTW - the employees were very gracious and conversational all three times I went. Keep up the good work!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBBQ Eater

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