10 Best Places for BBQ in Atlanta

Spoiler alert: Atlantans like barbecue. So, you can find a bunch of restaurants that serve it here, and serve it to your liking. Your job, reader, is to know exactly what kind of barbecue you prefer and go from there. Do you like vinegar-based sauces, mustard-based sauces, thick-tomato sauces? Do you prefer Kentucky barbecue, Texas barbecue, Tennessee barbecue or East Carolina barbecue? 

Yes, Atlanta's got a string of hidden, run-down shacks producing moist, smoked barbecue. But then we also have several, newer, sit-down spots that are family-friendly in bustling, popular neighborhoods. If you're a fan of the latter, you'll be a fan of the large, immensely popular Texas-style barbecue joint, Fox Bros Bar-B-Q (our top pick) whose bustling space will seat–and generously feed–a big group of heavy eaters. If you just want to grab some food to go, check out the hidden gem, Miss Betty's House of Ribs in East Atlanta Village. This humble trailer dishes out incredible smoked meats and indulgent sides to match.

Ah, yes, and those sides... one must not forget creamy macaroni and cheese, sweet baked beans, spicy collards, fluffy cornbread, soul-warming Brunswick stew. They don't just complement the meal, good sides make the meal.

Read on for a few of our top 10 places for BBQ in Atlanta

Swallow at the Hollow

Housed in a rustic lodge with a tin roof and a covered front porch, this Roswell eatery is a lively candidate for one of the area's top barbecue spots. Throw back some cold beer and dig into a platter of pulled pork or beef brisket, accompanied...  Read More

Zeigler's BBQ and Catering company is one of the lesser known barbecue restaurants in Atlanta, but they do quite a good catering business for both corporate and private events (which may be how you found out about them if you've already tried...  Read More

Big Shanty Smokehouse
Photo courtesy of Big Shanty Barbecue

True to its namesake, Kennesaw's family-owned barbecue joint is indeed located within a shanty. For a taste of the best the restaurant has to offer, order Steve's Sampler. This comes with ribs, brisket, sausage and pork. Notable sides are the...  Read More

This bar/restaurant fills its menu with no-fuss plates like barbecue and burgers along with moonshine. The eatery is an easy-going place with TVs broadcasting sports games and a pretty bar. Spicy boiled peanuts, fried pickles, and fried...  Read More

Yes, the place looks like a dump. But don't be dissuaded by it--the facade is part of its charm. Grab a seat and have your pick of gluttonous BBQ. For an appetizer, try the barbecue wraps, meat wrapped in crispy dough. Fried mushrooms, wings,...  Read More

Decatur's Community Q has customers lined up for their pulled pork, meaty ribs and mac 'n cheese. Fans love the pork with its smokey flavor and the meaty, slow-cooked brisket. The ribs are meaty, juicy and full of flavor and really don't need...  Read More

Sweet Auburn Barbecue makes a home nestled among the permanent vendors at Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Edgewood and at its newly opened brick-and-mortar location in the Poncey Highlands (656 N. Highland). Meats are slow-cooked over hickory and...  Read More

Heirloom Market packs them in during lunchtime. Don't let the crowd scare you away. There's excellent Korean-style barbecue in store. Despite the lackluster facade, greatness awaits you within. The Korean barbecue brisket and pork sandwiches are...  Read More

Fox Bros BBQ

Traditional Texas-style barbecue reins at this Candler Park eatery, located off of Dekalb Avenue. It's hard to miss. It's a huge space that's very visible from the road--as is the crowd. It's always busy and always delicious. Portions are...  Read More


Meet Kelly Skinner

Kelly Skinner comes to Atlanta by way of sunny coastal city, Pensacola, FL. A lover of all things food, music and travel, Skinner found her perfect match in Atlanta in the food-centric hub of...  More About Kelly

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