Yeah, it's fashionable for Yankees to pick on Alabama. If you've never been there, about all you've ever heard of are civil rights issues. (They aren't so big on Communism either, but there's nothing questionable about that.)
Anyway, I've lived in AL, and there you'll find some of the finest people anywhere. But I still couldn't help but chuckle when I saw a recipe for a special kind of barbecue sauce found around Birmingham, Decatur and thereabouts. It's the only kind I've ever seen that was white.