Food & Drink

12 ATL Barbecue Spots That Should Be Way More Famous

Published On 09/02/2015 Published On 09/02/2015
Mike Jordan/Thrillist
Terminus City
Mike Jordan/Thrillist
Courtesy of Anna's BBQ
Courtesy of Shawn T. Flanagan / Smokejack 
Courtesy of Raftermen Photography
Courtesy of Melissa Libby & Associates
Courtesy of Bludso's BBQ
The Greater Good
Grand Champion BBQ
Courtesy of Smokebelly BBQ
Sweet Auburn Barbecue
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1. Smoke Ring 309 Nelson Street, Atlanta, GA 30313 (Castleberry Hill)

We are already seeing great things from Smoke Ring, currently in their soft opening, like Kobe beef hotdogs wrapped in bacon just wait till they really get the smokers fired up. Locals think that Smoke Ring serves up not only the best BBQ in Castleberry Hill, but in all of Atlanta.

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2. Po’ Freddie’s 2683 Campbellton Rd SW, Atlanta, 30311

A true diamond in the rough, this hole in the wall BBQ haven is truly no frills but will stuff you full of super cheap, super delicious meats.

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3. Anna's BBQ 1976 Hosea L Williams Dr NE, Atlanta, 30317

If you're looking for stuff that's slathered, Anna's is your spot. Grub down on all your BBQ faves, from ribs to briskets and collards to cole slaw.

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4. Smokejack 29 S Main St, Alpharetta, 30009

The BBQ joint that doesn't quit. This spot is more of a shrine to meat than a restaurant, offering up menu items like hickory-smoked turkey melts, white BBQ sauce chicken, burnt brisket tasting flights, and a slew of other inventive takes on traditional 'que-ing.

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5. 521 Kitchen & Que 4365 Roswell Rd #4367, Atlanta, GA 30342 (Buckhead)

This Sandy Springs meatery is deep with seating and flavor. The brisket and pork are on-point, but the fried beef bologna sandwich is a hidden gem. No matter where you sit in their long dining room, your clothes will absorb the wafting aromas of tons of beef, and the opposite sex will love you for it.

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6. Twin Smokers BBQ 300 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 (Downtown)

Meat scientists installed two massive smokers at this Atlanta BBQ spot and used a proprietary blend of Texas mesquite and post oak for the perfect pink flavor ring. They’ve taken the best of all the US’s ‘cue, given it a dirty South twist, and piled it on a plate for you. Their slogan is something we should all live by, “BBQ Bourbon Atlanta”.

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7. Bludso's 323 Walker St SW, Atlanta, 30313

Get the taste of Texas at this smokehouse serving up Lone Star-style 'que. Get overfed and overjoyed at this underrated spot.

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8. The Greater Good 4441 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, 30342

If there's one thing you need to know about The Greater Good it's this: they have fried ribs. Fried. Ribs.

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9. Smokebelly BBQ 128 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

Buckhead's Smokebelly BBQ is a celebration of the South through soulful, belly-warming barbecue with a contemporary twist. And you’ll find iterations of Texas, Tennessee, and Carolinas barbecue traditions alongside the hometown style. Barbecue comes in tapas (brisket disco fries and cherry cola ribs), plates, and on sandwiches. Dieters, rejoice! Quinoa bowls and salads are also on offer, but if it were me, I’d go for the Pit Masters Platter: smoked turkey, pulled pork, or brisket with four sides, because three is just never enough.

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10. Sweet Auburn 656 N Highland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Poncey Highland)

Howard Hsu's brick-and-mortar of his famed food truck, Sweet Auburn features dry-rubbed, 12-hour smoked pork that leads the charge for this impressive Poncey-Highlands bastion of barbecue. They're serious about being a part of the local bar scene, too, with a late-night weekend presence that includes fried individual pork ribs and a craft cocktail menu.