- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Governor Bentley has announced the creation of The Alabama Barbecue Hall of Fame by the Alabama Department of Tourism.

Multiple news outlets report Bentley announced Tuesday that 29 Alabama barbecue restaurants will be inducted into the group. Bentley says the hall of fame provides a way to celebrate the great restaurants that have made Alabama a tourist attraction.

Each of the inductees will receive a personalized plaque June 29 at a luncheon at Golden Rule Bar-B-Q restaurant in Irondale. Golden Rule, which opened in 1891, is considered the oldest barbecue establishment in Alabama.

The hall is a part of the Department of Tourism’s “Year of Alabama Barbecue” promoting the heritage of Alabama barbecue. The promotion also includes a state barbecue website, a smartphone app, a photo exhibit, film and book.

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