From take out stand to full service restaurant – Papa Dave’s BBQ is smoking in Barnwell

Bryan Murphy, Aleigha, Tina and Dave Delaney

After David Delaney’s second excursion to Alabama’s Gulf Coast he was sold! He told his wife, Tina, that he wasn’t coming back home to Wisconsin.
Delaney is a logger by trade. He moved his business, all of his equipment, his crew AND his family to South Alabama. A few years ago, there was flooding on the river and Mother Nature presented some logistical issues pertaining to Delaney’s logging operation. Dave decided to send his equipment and crew back to Wisconsin and open Papa Dave’s BBQ, a barbecue take out stand, at the corner of Section Street and County Road 44 in Fairhope. He sold sandwiches and meats by the pound and the response from the public was incredible. He was selling out of his product by 2pm everyday, often disappointing customers who arrived later in the day.
Papa Dave was presented with the opportunity to expand his offering and move to a bigger location in Barnwell. With the help and support of his friends, family and church family he took a leap of faith and went whole hog (pun intended). Papa Dave built a smoke house and opened his full service restaurant in the former location of Nanny’s Kountry Kitchen this past May. Papa Dave describes his barbecue as all “his own”. “There’s no vinegar so it would be more of a mix of Texas and Kansas City style, but it is a cross of all barbecue I have tried. I made my own (style)”, says Delaney.
Everything is made from scratch and his sauces include a sweet and a hot version. He also has his own buffalo sauce for the chicken and offers a brisket gravy on the breakfast menu.
His meats include brisket, chicken and pulled pork. On the menu they are offered in nachos, loaded potatoes, in po-boys, sandwiches, wraps and even quesadillas. Baby back ribs are also available by the whole, half or quarter rack.
Papa Dave’s also has a burger menu that implements their barbecue offerings. The Barnwell Burger is topped with cheese and a sauced brisket. The Piggy Burger features a patty, cheese and a sauced pulled pork. The Cow Burger: cheese, sauced brisket and ranch slaw. If you aren’t in the mood for barbecue you can go strictly burger – single or double. You can even go bunless for their Keto Burger: TWO burger patties served with cheese, pickle and tomato on a bed of ranch slaw.
Papa Dave is available for catering and offers limited delivery ($25 minimum order). Dave, a proud Army Veteran, offers a 10% discount to all Military and first responders. Papa Dave’s BBQ is open every day. Mondays from 11am-2pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 6am-2pm, Thursday through Saturday 6am-9pm and Sunday 6am-2pm. Make sure to like “Papa Dave’s BBQ” on Facebook for daily specials and other information.
Papa Dave’s BBQ • 9111 Highway 98, Fairhope • (251) 228-0248

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