Dreamland Bar-B-Que Blog


Dreamland Honors American Heroes

Dreamland believes in honoring traditions.  With an atmosphere built on tradition, this year we’re adding one more. Every May our country takes one day to recognize the men and women who have fought and fallen for our freedom and this Memorial Day, Dreamland is recognizing their sacrifice with a Military Discount. Beginning Memorial Day 2012, all active duty military personnel will receive 10% off of their meal at the Montgomery location and 15% off at all other Dreamland locations. We are rolling out this year-round discount on a day when our nation pays tribute to our armed forces. This small token of appreciation is Dreamland’s way of saying THANK-YOU to all soldiers!

Our Military Discount cannot be used with gift certificates or alcoholic beverage purchases. You must present a valid Military I.D. to receive the discount. Thank you for choosing Dreamland.

Ain’t Nothing Like ‘Em Nowhere!


This is a great recipe to have at your next football party! 

Dreamland BBQ Chicken Dip
2 8oz blocks of reduced fat cream cheese at room temperature
2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese
1 lb.
Dreamland Chopped Chicken
6oz Dreamland Dipping Sauce

Preheat the oven to 350. Mix the chicken, dressing and cream cheese together. It is fine if there are lumps of cream cheese. Pour the mixture in a pan and bake for 15 minutes. Pull out the mixture, stir it well and cover the top with the cheese. Bake for another 10 minutes or until the cheese melts. Serve with chips or crusty french bread.


We have recieved many calls from our friends and we are happy to report that our locations in Tuscaloosa, Northport and Birmingham suffered no damage and are open. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by Wednesday's storms.


You may be familiar with our Dreamland brand, but you may not be familiar with our history. Dreamland was the dream of Tuscaloosa, Ala. , native John “Big Daddy” Bishop.  Big Daddy opened Dreamland in 1958 off of highway 82 and Interstate 59 just south of Tuscaloosa in the Jerusalem Heights area.   Since that time and to this day, the original store still serves up Dreamland’s legendary ribs.  Our atmosphere gives you a down-home casual feel.  At the original store you will find the décor inside is warm and dark; a dining room with a big bar, booths and a pot-bellied stove; beer signs hanging from the oak beams and Christmas lights that flash all year-round.  The first store to open outside of Tuscaloosa was in Birmingham, Ala. , in 1993.   The restaurant is nestled in the revitalized Southside neighborhood.  Dreamland’s very presence on Southside has added to the area’s transformation and economic growth.  In addition to the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham stores, you will now find six other locations in Alabama and Georgia.  Our legendary ribs and sauce are on the menu at every location, but you’ll also find the menus have been expanded to include pulled pork, barbecue chicken, hickory smoked sausage, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad and house salads.  We also served our homemade banana pudding for dessert made with Bud’s Best vanilla wafers.

If you’re not near a Dreamland restaurant, not to worry, because we offer most of our menu items online along with our original Dreamland merchandise.  We deliver anywhere in the United States and some parts of Canada .

We hope you stop by one of our restaurants soon.  You never know who you’ll meet.

Our motto still holds true today “Ain’t Nothing Like ‘Em Nowhere!”

See you soon!


 Heat Up Your Winter
We have seen our share of winter weather this season in the Southeast.  In fact, some places have had record temperatures and snow fall.  With the forecast for more winter temps and weather later in the week, Big Daddy wants to show you how you can heat up your winter with  Dreamland’s Beef and Barley Soup.

1 pound lean stew beef, cut into 1-inch cubes

 1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/2 cup chopped onion

3 celery ribs, sliced

3 carrots, sliced

5 cups low-sodium fat-free beef broth

1 1/2 cups Dreamland Bar-B-Que Sauce

1 cup uncooked quick-cooking barley

Sprinkle beef cubes evenly with salt and pepper. Sauté beef in hot oil over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until tender; drain. Add onion and next 4 ingredients and bring to a boil. Add barley; cover and simmer over low heat 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Calories 240; Fat 6g (sat 1.6g); Protein 20g; Carbohydrate 26g; Fiber 3.3g; Cholesterol 40mg; Sodium 900mg.

Big Daddy knows that this hearty soup is guaranteed to take the chill off of any winter’s day.   

We welcome your feedback.   Make the recipe, give us your feedback at contactus@dreamlandbbq.com



Love Big Daddy Style

 Forget roses, European chocolates and candlelight, when it comes to LOVE Big Daddy knows what he’s talking about.    For more than 50 years Big Daddy has been doing what he loves, making customers happy.   With Valentine’s only a few days away, Big Daddy says it’s time to focus on the ones you love in a way that may not seem all that traditional.  But think outside the box for a moment.  If there is one thing that Big Daddy knows is the way to your Valentine’s heart is through the stomach, and he cannot think of any other place to spend Valentine’s day than at Dreamland BBQ.    Dreamland offers a wide-variety of menu choices from our famous Dreamland ribs, to chopped chicken, to chopped pork, to pork quesadillas or our salads.   There is something for everyone.Dreamland has eight locations throughout Alabama and Georgia.  If you can’t make it to one of our restaurants, you can order any of our menu items online at www.dreamlandbbq.com.Make Valentine’s memorable by eating at Dreamland.  

 Oh and by the way, Big Daddy suggests, if you do make it to one of our locations, during the ride over,  pop Sade, Norah Jones, Usher or Maxwell in your car’s CD player….. Romantic music and Dreamland, what more can you ask for?


 Let The Good Times Roll! 

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Saints fan or Colts fan, Big Daddy says this weekend it’s time to ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ (that’s Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler for you Saints fans).    

 Good times and football parties begin with family and friends gathering to watch the game.   At Dreamland we also believe that the good times begin with good food and hearty menu ideas.  Big Daddy recommends the following ‘Good Times’ Dreamland recipes for you party planners.

 Saints fans you’ll have them giving you automatic first downs when you serve our Dreamland Red Beans and Rice:  

Dreamland Red Beans and Rice
2 cans of red kidney beans drained
1 can whole peeled tomatoes undrained
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small white onion, finely chopped
1 small green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon rubbed sage
1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper
3 cups long grain white rice
1 lb. Dreamland Smoked Sausage, sliced into small pieces

Pour the oil into a large deep pan. Sauté the onion, bell pepper and sausage until the vegetables are tender, which takes about 4 minutes. Add the beans, tomatoes with their juice and the spices. Cook until liquid is almost at a boil then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes uncovered. While the food is simmering, prepare the rice. After it simmers for 20 minutes, serve the beans and sausage mixture over the rice.