Sports Illustrated picks these Alabama ribs as the best college town meal in America

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You'll probably find it hard to disagree with their pick.

Less than one month away from the college football kickoff, it's good to know we can at least enjoy Sports Illustrated's favorite college town meal in America between now and then.

The prominent sports magazine and website tapped a Tuscaloosa barbecue for serving their number one meal in all of America, and it won't surprise you: None other than Archibald's ribs in Northport.

Writer Andy Staples first notes that Georgia would serve the also-popular Dreamland barbecue at home games in Sanford Stadium this year, which he says sparked some controversy among fans. And while he's right that everyone loves Dreamland, he calls it a "pure tourist trap."

"Those who live in Tuscaloosa know the best ribs in America can be found in a shack next to a house on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Northport," Staples writes. "That's where George and Betty Archibald began serving those juicy, perfect ribs in 1962."

Staples continues, "A few years ago, I asked George Jr. -- who took over for his dad and has since given way to a third generation in the form of Woodrow Washington III -- what temperature he smoked his ribs at and for how long. 'I don't know," George Jr. said. 'I just know when they're right.' He does. And no one makes them more right than Archibald's.

Staples laid out the criteria pretty clearly during his intro, noting the dishes "must be available in a college town or the surrounding metro area." If Northport doesn't suffice for sticklers, Archibald's has another location in the Tuscaloosa city limits, Archibald's & Woodrow's on Greensboro Avenue (near the Cobb Hollywood 16 movie theater).

We will respectfully disagree with Staples' calling Dreamland "formerly great" and a pure tourist trap. Their ribs remain as delicious as ever, and we won't argue with anyone who considers them superior to any in the Tuscaloosa area.

Read the full list of SI's favorite college town meals.

This isn't even the first time SI singled out T-town for its food and drink this summer, as they picked Druid City Brewing Company's Downtown North Porter as one of their favorite beers in the country, pairing it with the Alabama football program.

Staples also showed some love for Auburn, picking Acre's hot softshell crab appetizer as number 21 overall on is list, out of 25.

"When I visited for the first time in the spring of 2015, the most intriguing item on the menu was a softshell crab fried Nashville hot chicken style and staked to a piece of white bread," Staples writes. "The spicy batter made the crab even more delicious, and the juice turned the bread into a dish unto itself."

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