Bill Addison went out in search of the best barbecue for our May 2013 issue, so we could report on the ten best joints in the area. Read his thoughts on Atlanta's 'cue scene, scan his findings below, and enjoy the full cover story with the digital edition.
Ten joints not enough? Check out our July 2010 cover story, featuring fifty-eight in the metro-area. Or browse the listings from our Restaurant Guide (at right). Or follow Bill Addison's advice, hit the road, and make pit stops in Texas and North Carolina.
Where It All Began
Strip mall outposts, stainless-steel smokers, and one mystical mac and cheese recipe: The story of a tiny Marietta upstart that sired four of our Top Ten barbecue joints
A collection of barbecue joints from our online Restaurant Guide
The sliced brisket has the proper nubbly texture achieved from slow cooking, and the tender on-the-bone short rib, sold Thursdays and Saturdays, is the best iteration of that Flintstonian indulgence in the city.
This tiny barbecue joint has a unique cross-cultural vision. Heirloom pork, juicy-tender beef brisket, and fresh sausages meet kimchi, hot sauce, pickled radishes, and tempura-style Korean sweet potatoes.
The Big Ole Totties—Tater Tots bombarded with pulled pork, chipotle barbecue sauce, Brunswick stew, cheese sauce, and jalapeño slices—is this barbecue joint's most satisfying dish.