When it comes to barbecue, North Georgia has a lot to offer. Our home state has a plethora of fantastic barbecue restaurants, but surprisingly many, even among locals, may not be familiar with some of these places. Next time you’re looking for wonderful barbecue in or around Atlanta, skip the chain establishments and check out one of these great barbecue joints!
Atlanta, GA: Sweet Auburn BBQ
To start with, there are scores of fantastic places to find great barbecue within the city limits. If you’re looking for something different and want to make sure it’s one of the best, Horse, Hound and Hunt can help! Let us share a few of our favorites that you may not be familiar with!
First on the list is Sweet Auburn BBQ on Highland Avenue. This spot offers a rustic-but-trendy setting along with phenomenal barbecue. Their menu boasts classic favorites—their brisket and pulled pork sandwich are especially popular—as well as different twists on Southern traditions. Start by trying the jalapeno cheddar cornbread with sorghum butter or the pimento cheese wontons with bacon marmalade and sweet Thai chili sauce. After that, you may find your entrée selection difficult to decide. If you’re looking for something different, try their Sweet Auburn Taco Plate or their Southern Seoul Korean short rib sandwich. And if sauce is on your mind, but you’re not in the mood for Sweet Auburn’s original barbecue sauce, try one of their other flavors, like spicy barbecue or pineapple ginger barbecue. Whatever you decide, you can be sure it will satisfy!
Atlanta, GA: Heirloom BBQ
Heirloom Market BBQ may not look like much from the outside—just a little place attached to a convenience store on
Akers Mill Road —but step inside and give it a chance! Your taste buds will thank you. Offering up a unique blend of Korean and Southern U.S. flavors, along with a homey interior and friendly service, this place has earned a five-star reputation among locals despite its small location. Try their Texas style barbecue with Korean sides or enjoy their fantastic Miso-infused smoked barbecue brisket with traditional Southern fare like macaroni and cheese and fried green tomatoes. Heirloom Market BBQ offers great food to go as well, so if you’re planning a picnic, stop by and pick up some amazing barbecue and sides. This may just become one of your new favorite places in North Atlanta!
Marietta and Canton, GA: Williamson Brothers Barbecue
Keep traveling north, and you’ll find even more fantastic barbecue joints outside the perimeter.
Williamson Brothers Barbecue in Marietta has been popular for more than two decades and with that kind of success, it’s obvious Williams Brothers is definitely doing something right! With an additional location in Canton, both locations serve up excellent home style cuisine, along with Southern hospitality, in an inviting, rustic setting. Along with customer favorites such as pulled pork and smoked chicken, there is much more on their menu to enjoy. Their Brunswick stew, fried green tomatoes, and fried okra are also very popular with both locals and those traveling through Georgia. Perhaps the biggest secret of Williamson Brothers’ success– besides their wonderful customer service– is their collection of house recipe sauces (also available for purchase), including Classic Caroline, Honey Barbecue, Roasted Garlic, and Spicy Chipotle. No matter which you choose, you are definitely going to enjoy!
Rome, GA: Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que
If you find yourself in Rome, Georgia with a hankering for barbecue, look no further than Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que. Located in a beautifully restored historic building, Moe’s serves up all the classic favorites with a big southern smile. While their pulled pork is, once again, one of the most popular items on the menu, their ribs, fried catfish, and Texas-style brisket are also delicious. Even their sides get a lot of love. The mac and cheese, collard greens, pickled coleslaw, and baked beans are especially good. And don’t forget the cornbread! Moe’s first bakes their cornbread in the traditional style, then quickly heats it on a hot griddle to make the outside wonderfully crispy. Unlike many barbecue spots, they also boast a full bar. So when in Rome, do what the Romans do and stop by Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que!
Cartersville, GA: Scott’s Walk-Up Barbecue
For excellent barbecue without a lot of frills, visit Scott’s Walk-Up Barbecue in Cartersville. Located on Tennessee Street, this unassuming little spot offers up some of the best barbecue in the area– so good, in fact, that even celebrities like actress Reese Witherspoon and astronaut Clayton C. Anderson have stopped by for a taste! Scott’s ribs are famous among locals, as are his Brunswick stew and smoked brisket. The barbecued baked beans and collard greens also get top marks. No matter what entrée you choose, be sure to leave room for dessert! Scott’s coconut ice cream and peach cobbler are both fantastic and sure to please even the pickiest of pallets! Together with their excellent food, service and quaint location, Scott’s Walk-Up Barbecue is exactly what a great barbecue spot should be!
These are only a few of the best barbecue restaurants found in North Georgia. If you don’t see your favorite on the list, Horse Hound and Hunt wants to know where you go for the best ribs, pulled pork, and sides. Let us know in the comments below!