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19 Atlanta festivals to enjoy in August

Say goodbye to summer with plenty of BBQ, German beer, a mechanical bull, and more.
Chip Wade grilling

How to host a backyard barbecue like Pauli and Chip Wade

With their tricked-out kitchen and beautifully landscaped yard, it’s obvious that entertaining is a priority for this family. Recently I was fortunate to join them for a summer cookout.

17 May festivals to welcome summer in Atlanta

As summer heats up, so does festival season. From an inaugural taco festival to neighborhood staples, here's 17 options to check out this month.

Barbecue Bastion

A champion pitmaster offers a taste of Memphis’s smokin’ hot barbecue scene

Grand Champion BBQ plans first full-service location

The bar menu will showcase lesser-known spirits from across the globe, and include “a peat meter and a few other things” to ease diners into the world of craft liquor. “ Out in the suburbs, we see everybody just doing the same stuff,” Owens says. “We want to do something a little more fun where people can experiment, but still feel safe.”

34. Gary Lee’s Market, Brunswick

This excellent (and endearingly shabby) barbecue joint has been run by the Lee family for more than 40 years.
Southern Soul

29. Southern Soul, St. Simons Island

Since Southern Soul opened in an old St. Simons Island gas station in 2007, barbecue fans have lined out the door for classic staples like pulled pork, brisket, collard greens, mac and cheese, and Brunswick stew.

Barley + Rye: The right way to barbecue with beer

Beer shows up in all kinds of food recipes. It adds crisp texture to hunks of beer-battered fish and combines perfectly with a hot pretzel in beer cheese sauce. Beer goes in bread recipes, punches up broth for clams and mussels, and during the summer season, beer can help your grilled meats cook to a flavorful perfection.

Support Rodney Scott and the Fatback Fund in Atlanta

Tickets are still available for next Monday's four-course dinner at Gunshow with Kevin Gillespie, Angie Mosier, and South Carolina barbecue fiend Rodney Scott.

Daniel Vaughn: The pundit of barbecue’s prophets

Last summer I met Daniel Vaughn, author of "The Prophets of Smoked Barbecue" (just published on May 14) and Texas Monthly’s new barbecue editor (coolest job title ever). A mutual friend in Dallas, where Vaughn lives, introduced us via email. I already knew about his Full Custom Gospel BBQ, the obsession-fueled blog he’d written on all things Texas barbecue since 2008. Vaughn, who until a couple months ago also held a full-time job as an architect, was coming to Atlanta for a project.

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