By Crystal McGough, Editor
CLAY – Barbecue Stop has become a staple of the Clay community and is touted by many as the best barbecue around, boasting award-winning competition-style barbecue that has won over 250 awards from cities across the northeastern United States, including the title of “Bama’s Best Beef” from the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association in 2017.
Barbecue Stop announced on its Facebook page on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, that owner and pitmaster Cliff Mortimer is considering retiring. Comments on the post included a mixture of reactions, from congratulations on his retirement and praise for his barbecue, to shock and sadness.
Fortunately for fans of Barbecue Stop, it doesn’t appear that Mortimer is simply going to close the doors and walk away. The post also stated that he is looking for someone to take over the business and learn his recipes.
“We would love to train someone so that BBQ Stop can continue to serve the community,” the Facebook post says. “Please share this with anyone you may know who would be interested in purchasing the business. (Of) course Cliff would work with the new owner and teach them all recipes. If interested, please private message us or stop into the restaurant and ask for Cliff.”
Barbecue Stop is located at 6633 Old Springville Road, Pinson, AL 35126. Current hours of operation are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday.