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Where to Eat Barbecue in Atlanta

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The word "barbecue" is synonymous with the American South. In addition to all the ketchup-based, vinegary, mustard-laden variations throughout the Southeast, Atlanta also throws the melting pot of urbanity into the mix. Atlantans count their blessings on their finger-licked hands when the barbecue joints they love are influenced by the variety of immigrants who have settled here with their spice racks. This map includes 11 of the meat havens we love in the metro Atlanta area.

— Eater Atlanta contributor Jamie Lee

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Heirloom Market BBQ

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2243 Akers Mill Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 612-2502
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You won’t find an abundance of seats or parking at this Cobb County staple, but you can find a more sit-down-and-stay-a-while atmosphere at their sister restaurant, Sobban Kitchen. Visit Heirloom for spicy pork Korean sandwiches and a front row seat to the chefs’ work.

2. Greater Good BBQ

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4441 Roswell Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 303-8525
Greater Good feels like your neighborhood pizza place, only instead of pizza, they serve up racks of ribs and pulled pork sandwiches to satisfy comfort-food cravings. Pair the tasty and tender rib sandwich with pimento BBQ potato skins smothered in pork or brisket for an a la carte meal fit for a king.

3. Smokebelly BBQ

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128 E Andrews Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 848-9100
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The team behind Tin Lizzy’s, Milton’s, and The Big Ketch might be the new kids on the barbecue block, but their Southern hospitality and al fresco attitude draw hungry crowds. Bustling Buckhead fades away amidst live music and killer sides.

4. Fat Matt's Rib Shack

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1811 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 607-1622
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Don’t be deterred by the line out the door or the lack of parking, the line moves quick and parking spots appear out of thin air at the Piedmont Road mainstay. Heralded by Anthony Bourdain, the restaurant hosts live blues bands that play sweetly to the tune of rib-eating patrons.

5. Bone Lick BBQ

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1133 Huff Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 343-6574
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For barbecue as spicy as the staff, venture into this Westside storefront for house-infused moonshine, a vinyl-only music policy, and 48-hour marinated wings. Adventurous diners, ask for the Just Trust Us appetizer plate, and for those looking for more structure, build your own sandwich with a variety of bun choices.

6. D.B.A. Barbecue

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1190 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 249-5000
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If The Archie Bunker sandwich, complete with smoked pulled pork, mac and cheese, sweet barbecue sauce, and cheddar cheese on Texas toast, doesn’t hook you, the banana pudding will. Dine here for a rambunctious patio in the heart of Virginia-Highland and return to try all of the creative combinations.

7. Community Q BBQ

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1361 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 633-2080
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The reliable pulled pork is enough to fill up the Decatur location, but the unconventional and creative side dishes take the cake. David Roberts’ infamous mac and cheese blends rigatoni, cheddar, Monterey Jack, parmesan, and heavy cream, and the blueberry-pecan bread pudding will satiate any sweet tooth.

8. Sweet Auburn Barbecue

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656 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(678) 515-3550
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Start with Asian-inspired pimento cheese wontons at the first brick-and-mortar shop by Howard Hsu, who started with a Sweet Auburn Barbecue food truck and a counter at Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Stick to the Asian path with coconut lemongrass spare ribs, or go domestic with Memphis-, Carolina-, and Texas- style dishes.

9. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

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1238 Dekalb Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-4030
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Jonathan and Justin Fox don’t mess around. Their Texas-style barbecue joint is famous for bringing Frito pie to the Southeast, but their brilliance shines in the Tominator, a base of tater tots covered in Brunswick stew and smothered in melted cheese.

10. The Smoke Ring

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309 Nelson St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 228-6377
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Nestled in the shadow of the Georgia Dome in Castleberry Hill, Smoke Ring is the hipster brother of barbecue joints. The sleek interior and wagon wheel decor accent the perfectly cooked Brussels sprouts and heavy helpings of bourbon and smoked meats.

11. Daddy D'z

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264 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 222-0206
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For true barbecue sans frills, Daddy D’z is the ITP choice. Located on Memorial Drive in Grant Park, the ribs and Brunswick stew far outshine the decor. Start with their famous que wraps and settle into the bite-size barbecued pork wrapped in dough and deep fried.

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1. Heirloom Market BBQ

2243 Akers Mill Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339
You won’t find an abundance of seats or parking at this Cobb County staple, but you can find a more sit-down-and-stay-a-while atmosphere at their sister restaurant, Sobban Kitchen. Visit Heirloom for spicy pork Korean sandwiches and a front row seat to the chefs’ work.
2243 Akers Mill Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

2. Greater Good BBQ

4441 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
Greater Good feels like your neighborhood pizza place, only instead of pizza, they serve up racks of ribs and pulled pork sandwiches to satisfy comfort-food cravings. Pair the tasty and tender rib sandwich with pimento BBQ potato skins smothered in pork or brisket for an a la carte meal fit for a king.
4441 Roswell Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

3. Smokebelly BBQ

128 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
The team behind Tin Lizzy’s, Milton’s, and The Big Ketch might be the new kids on the barbecue block, but their Southern hospitality and al fresco attitude draw hungry crowds. Bustling Buckhead fades away amidst live music and killer sides.
128 E Andrews Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

4. Fat Matt's Rib Shack

1811 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Don’t be deterred by the line out the door or the lack of parking, the line moves quick and parking spots appear out of thin air at the Piedmont Road mainstay. Heralded by Anthony Bourdain, the restaurant hosts live blues bands that play sweetly to the tune of rib-eating patrons.
1811 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

5. Bone Lick BBQ

1133 Huff Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
For barbecue as spicy as the staff, venture into this Westside storefront for house-infused moonshine, a vinyl-only music policy, and 48-hour marinated wings. Adventurous diners, ask for the Just Trust Us appetizer plate, and for those looking for more structure, build your own sandwich with a variety of bun choices.
1133 Huff Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

6. D.B.A. Barbecue

1190 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
If The Archie Bunker sandwich, complete with smoked pulled pork, mac and cheese, sweet barbecue sauce, and cheddar cheese on Texas toast, doesn’t hook you, the banana pudding will. Dine here for a rambunctious patio in the heart of Virginia-Highland and return to try all of the creative combinations.
1190 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

7. Community Q BBQ

1361 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033
The reliable pulled pork is enough to fill up the Decatur location, but the unconventional and creative side dishes take the cake. David Roberts’ infamous mac and cheese blends rigatoni, cheddar, Monterey Jack, parmesan, and heavy cream, and the blueberry-pecan bread pudding will satiate any sweet tooth.
1361 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

8. Sweet Auburn Barbecue

656 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Start with Asian-inspired pimento cheese wontons at the first brick-and-mortar shop by Howard Hsu, who started with a Sweet Auburn Barbecue food truck and a counter at Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Stick to the Asian path with coconut lemongrass spare ribs, or go domestic with Memphis-, Carolina-, and Texas- style dishes.
656 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

9. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

1238 Dekalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Jonathan and Justin Fox don’t mess around. Their Texas-style barbecue joint is famous for bringing Frito pie to the Southeast, but their brilliance shines in the Tominator, a base of tater tots covered in Brunswick stew and smothered in melted cheese.
1238 Dekalb Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

10. The Smoke Ring

309 Nelson St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Nestled in the shadow of the Georgia Dome in Castleberry Hill, Smoke Ring is the hipster brother of barbecue joints. The sleek interior and wagon wheel decor accent the perfectly cooked Brussels sprouts and heavy helpings of bourbon and smoked meats.
309 Nelson St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

11. Daddy D'z

264 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
For true barbecue sans frills, Daddy D’z is the ITP choice. Located on Memorial Drive in Grant Park, the ribs and Brunswick stew far outshine the decor. Start with their famous que wraps and settle into the bite-size barbecued pork wrapped in dough and deep fried.
264 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

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