5 of Atlanta's Must-Try Barbecue Joints
The South and barbecue go together like sweet tea and lemon wedges (we would know). Atlanta has some truly incredible ‘cue joints, all with their own delicious, signature styles and unique ambiances. And there’s no better time to try ‘em all than in the fall with a side of football and/or foliage! Without further ado, five of our faves:
Smoke Ring: One of the new kids on the barbecue block, Smoke Ring is really making a name for itself with its Southern cuisine and “Georgia style” barbecue. We highly recommend hitting this Downtown spot on the weekend for hangover-curing brunch (hello, giant Smoke Ring tater tots) and bottomless mimosas FTW. - D.B.A. Barbecue: A true Virginia Highland staple with that good ol’ neighborhood vibe, D.B.A. never disappoints with its hickory-smoked meats, especially the wings and St. Louis ribs (and don’t ignore the burger). They also use our iced tea in a refreshing, killer cocktail called the Candler Park (citrus vodka, Blue Durango sweet tea, and fresh squeezed lemonade). - Smokebelly BBQ: We love the huge patio, we love the sports viewing, and we love the food at this Buckhead joint. Take our word for it and try the brisket Disco Q fries and pressed bahn mi with smoked pork.
- Community Q BBQ: If you’re looking for a simple, friendly, down-home spot with out-of-this-world brisket (among other things), you’re in luck. Community Q is worth the trip to Decatur for drool-worthy dishes made fresh daily with local ingredients. (Image: @photomark16 on Instagram)
- The Greater Good BBQ: You can't go wrong with any of Greater Good's three casual locations (Tucker, Buckhead, and East Lake), and its simple, Southern 'cue. We recommend a plate with the smoked meat of your choice (pork, chicken, ribs, brisket, hot links) with two homemade sides, and that tasty Texas toast. (Image: @silvercuellar3 on Instagram) Anyone else's mouth watering?