If your holiday travel takes you south on Interstate 65 to the Huntsville area and you want a detour, then in about 20 minutes you could be at Gibson's barbecue on Memorial Parkway.
I went with my many Huntsville family members, and several cousins got the loaded potato, a big baker piled with shredded smoked chicken, which they topped with Gibson's white barbecue sauce. Looked good, and the price was right. But I drove two hours, so my payoff was beef ribs. Tender, smoky and moist, if not at the top of my Barbecue Life List. The sides are passably good--you can honestly say they're made with more care than you often find.
I miss the two or three ramshackle barbecue joints along the highway from Ardmore to Huntsville. Gibson's isn't quite the same, but it should satisfy the barbecue itch. And since it's been open for 50 years, you know it will be around whenever you get around to your visit.
We ate at the Gibson's on Memorial Parkway, which is easy to find from I-65 and 565. There's also a location at Bob Wallace and Jordan Lane, if you know the town's layout in a little more detail.