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The Hottest New Barbecue Restaurants in Atlanta

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Barbecue is a Southern birthright, and there are plenty or restaurants around Atlanta serving up various styles of 'cue. This list isn't meant to highlight the city's old standards like Heirloom Market and Fox Bros. — we've taken care of that here — but instead to give some credit to newcomers on the local scene.

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521 Kitchen and Que

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This restaurant opened last September in Buckhead, joining a crowded neighborhood scene. In addition to the smoked meats, 521 offers citrus-roasted chicken, braised brisket, and fried chicken. [Photo]

Bludso's bbq

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The Compton, Calif.-based restaurant opened a Castleberry Hill location last December. Bludso's focuses on Texas-style 'cue. Look for plenty of brisket, beef ribs, and tips. [Photo]

Grand Champion BBQ

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Grand Champion has been operating in Roswell and Milton for years, but it's third location was one of the first stalls to open in Krog Street Market in December. The menu is simple, and the meat is sold by weight. [Photo]

Terminus City

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Launched last Fourth of July, it's not really a barbecue restaurant, but more of a weekend to-go and catering operation operated out of Gunshow. It's no surprise that chefs Kevin Gillespie and Andreas Müller are turning out some of the best chopped pork in town.

The Crafty Hog

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The Crafty Hog moved into the former Howard's Restaurant space in December. This place gets creative with dishes such as jalapeno-bacon popcorn, a Southern pickle fry, and smokey chicken buffalo dip. [Photo]

The Pig & The Pearl

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There aren't many restaurants that combine smokehouse and raw bar, but The Pig & The Pearl does it. Open since last July, The Pig serves traditional barbecue meats in addition to smoked duck, pastrami, and lamb. [Photo: Matthew Wong]

Tom, Dick & Hank

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Tom, Dick & Hank originally opened as a roadside stand in Midtown and quickly expanded into a full-service restaurant in April. If the smoked meats aren't enough, the eatery boasts a view of Turner Field from its rooftop patio. [Photo]

Twin Smokers BBQ

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After opening in the Luckie Marietta District last December, Twin Smokers is in prime location to serve 'cue fans making their way Downtown. The restaurant boasts two Oyler 700 smokers that go by the names Elizabeth and Matthew. [Photo]

521 Kitchen and Que

This restaurant opened last September in Buckhead, joining a crowded neighborhood scene. In addition to the smoked meats, 521 offers citrus-roasted chicken, braised brisket, and fried chicken. [Photo]

Bludso's bbq

The Compton, Calif.-based restaurant opened a Castleberry Hill location last December. Bludso's focuses on Texas-style 'cue. Look for plenty of brisket, beef ribs, and tips. [Photo]

Grand Champion BBQ

Grand Champion has been operating in Roswell and Milton for years, but it's third location was one of the first stalls to open in Krog Street Market in December. The menu is simple, and the meat is sold by weight. [Photo]

Terminus City

Launched last Fourth of July, it's not really a barbecue restaurant, but more of a weekend to-go and catering operation operated out of Gunshow. It's no surprise that chefs Kevin Gillespie and Andreas Müller are turning out some of the best chopped pork in town.

The Crafty Hog

The Crafty Hog moved into the former Howard's Restaurant space in December. This place gets creative with dishes such as jalapeno-bacon popcorn, a Southern pickle fry, and smokey chicken buffalo dip. [Photo]

The Pig & The Pearl

There aren't many restaurants that combine smokehouse and raw bar, but The Pig & The Pearl does it. Open since last July, The Pig serves traditional barbecue meats in addition to smoked duck, pastrami, and lamb. [Photo: Matthew Wong]

Tom, Dick & Hank

Tom, Dick & Hank originally opened as a roadside stand in Midtown and quickly expanded into a full-service restaurant in April. If the smoked meats aren't enough, the eatery boasts a view of Turner Field from its rooftop patio. [Photo]

Twin Smokers BBQ

After opening in the Luckie Marietta District last December, Twin Smokers is in prime location to serve 'cue fans making their way Downtown. The restaurant boasts two Oyler 700 smokers that go by the names Elizabeth and Matthew. [Photo]

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