Backed by pitmasters Robert Owens and Bryan Hull, and located in what was the Smyrna location of Grand Champion BBQ at the Eddy apartment complex, Owens and Hull merges Texas- and Carolina-style barbecue smoked over Georgia oak on the menu. While Owens says Grand Champion BBQ was successful here, the menu didn’t afford him room to expand beyond the typical barbecue offerings. Hence, partnering up with Hull of Secret Pint.
Open Thursday through Sunday, Owens and Hull doesn’t feature a set menu of barbecue standards, but rather a specific menu served each day. This includes a smoked burger topped with White Castle onions and American cheese on Thursdays, reserving sliced brisket and turkey for service on Fridays and Saturdays, and regularly serving the popular sausages from Secret Pint’s pop-ups (Think sausages stuffed cheddar cheese and jalapenos or roasted poblano peppers and Oaxaca cheese.) Hull says a “craft” approach to barbecue is much more “labor intensive”. Being open only four days a week allows them time to hone smoking techniques, source better meats, and create weekly specials and a rotating selection of side dishes.
Owens opened Grand Champion BBQ in Roswell in 2011, followed by locations in Milton, Marietta, and Krog Street Market. The Smyrna restaurant opened in 2020 and eventually became the lone Grand Champion BBQ after Owens closed the other four locations.
Hull started Secret Pint as an underground supper club in 2019, hosting barbecue pop-ups at undisclosed locations around Atlanta. In 2021, he began popping up at local breweries and soon became known for serving plates and sandwiches of Texas-style barbecue pastrami, pork belly burnt ends, and handmade smoked sausage links.
Open Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
6255 Riverview Road, Smyrna. gcbbq.com.