Great Cracker BBQ Discovered in Sarasota

4 Apr


Praise the Lord! After a great deal of searching and some frustration, we have found some authentic Florida Cracker BBQ here in the Sunshine State. And it was all quite by accident, really. Driving along Bahia Vista Road on a late Saturday afternoon, we spotted the wood-paneled roadside stand in a gas station parking lot.  


They even take major credit cards here! Now that is pretty unusual for stands such as this. But this is not your typical roadside food cart – that’s for darn sure. Jeff Alday has been cooking up first-rate BBQ for about 3 decades now. Let’s just say he knows what he’s doing, OK?


It’s pretty hard to miss Alday’s BBQ stand. They have obviously invested some of the proceeds in signage and their bright red background leaps out and grabs ya – much like the amazing aroma eminating from their smoker.


Jeff kindly offered me a sample of his BBQ pork ribs. I quickly ascertained that they were the best we’ve ever tasted in Florida. They offer up a mild or hot sauce on the side, but who really needs it when BBQ is this tasty?


The prices, as you can see, are very reasonable. The food is excellent!


The half-chicken plate was moist and peppery. My wife commented (after just one taste) that it is far better than most chicken served at traditional BBQ joints. And, you know what, she’s right. Most of the chicken offered up at Q shacks is pretty dry and flavorless. Not so at Alday’s. The baked beans are chock full of pulled pork — almost enough to make yourself a sandwich for later.  


Take a look at the chicken seen above. Juicy, meaty & spiced just right!


So take a drive along Bahia Vista and keep an eye out for all those red signs. Alday’s is open here on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They also do weddings, banquets, picnics, and fund raisers. Call Jeff Alday at 941 809 2589 or shoot him an email at The email address alone should tell you how serious these folks are about their Q. Tell ’em Dixie Dining sent ya on over.

3 Responses to “Great Cracker BBQ Discovered in Sarasota”

  1. Jeff Alday March 4, 2010 at 1:21 am #

    My name is Jeff Alday and I want to thank you for advertising my B-B-Q shack. Someone told me the other day that I had a website with pictures and a menu with some great ratings. I do not have a website yet, but if you could steer me in the right direction I would surely appreciate it. You can contact me at 941-809-2589
    Thank you very much
    Jeff Alday
    P.S. I owe you a free meal.

    • Steve Balazs September 16, 2010 at 12:20 am #

      I do have a major complaint about Alday BBQ. My complaint is that they are too far away from where I live. I ran into them by accident one day. I bought a full slab of ribs and they were the best I had ever had. I see all people selling ribs and I have tried just about everyone. Alday has ruined my experience for all others. I always compare others with his and am always disappointed because they do not compare. I can not wait to get some ribs tomorrow. I am in the area then 🙂

  2. Freddie Johnson August 25, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Jeff, I live in Sarasota and I accidentally discovered your place 3 weeks. ago. I’ve lived in Memphis, Tn., and Austin, Tx., and both are known for their bar-b-que. Your bar-b-que is as good as anything I have ever tasted, and much better than most. In the field of bar-b-que/cooking, You are as much of an artist as anyone. By the way, do you offer fried okra? If not, would you consider adding it to your menu?
    Take care and may the Lord Jesus keep on blessin’ you.

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