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Best Barbecue In Atlanta

May 14, 2014 8:00 AM

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Atlanta is one of the country’s best towns for inexpensive, high-quality dining, and one of the things it truly does best is BBQ. Whether you want the down and dirty finger-licking ribs served in a place with bars on the windows, or you’d like something a little more upscale and creative, the city has the perfect saucy spot for you. There are so many barbecue places that it can be difficult to know where to start, so we’ve chosen a few of our best bets. Check out the range of BBQ styles represented below.

Anna’s BBQ
1976 Hosea L Williams Drive N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30317
(404) 963-6976

This cute little spot in Kirkwood is quickly becoming a local favorite, rivaling the bigger places like Community Q and Fox Bros. The decor is clean and simple, and the sauce is reliably sweet. It’s inexpensive and the takeout is fast and convenient if you don’t feel like cooking dinner. Of course, you can find all of your favorite sides, like collard greens and mac n cheese.

The Greater Good Barbecue
4441 Roswell Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 303-8525
www.greatergoodbbq.com

You can’t walk out of The Greater Good without trying its fantastic smoked chicken wings, available in packs from eight to 100. Fans of pimento cheese will also be well-satisfied by either a standard pimento cheese sandwich or the pimento cheese BBQ potato skins. The tater tots are also popular, as are the fried jalapenos and fried pickles. The ribs and brisket are also big hits with a crowd, and the catering menu is sure to guarantee a happy crowd at your next party.

Smoke Ring
309 Nelson St. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 228-6377
www.smokeringatlanta.com

Smoke Ring has positioned itself as a true expert on Georgia BBQ. Of course, there are fried green tomatoes on the menu, as well as fried okra and even Georgia trout dip. In addition to traditional BBQ, there are also a few selections of sliders, including “The Tractor Pull” with smoked pork, pickles and sweet BBQ sauce. There are also yummy desserts, like Mississippi mud cake, ice cream sandwiches and a skillet of seasonal cobbler.

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Sam’s BBQ1
4944 Lower Roswell Road
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 977-3005
www.bbq1.net

Sam’s consistently makes the cut in most best of Atlanta BBQ lists, so you can expect a big crowd at lunchtime. It lacks some of the authentic atmosphere due to its anonymous location, but there’s a reason it has so many devoted fans. It delivers the great brisket, fried okra, corn muffins and pulled pork that you expect from a Southern BBQ joint. Get your food to go and save yourself the hassle of waiting for a waiter to bring it out to you.

Heirloom Market BBQ
2243 Akers Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 612-2502
www.heirloommarketbbq.com

If you can find a parking spot in the tiny lot, you’re in for a treat at Heirloom Market BBQ. The combo of Korean flavors with traditional Southern BBQ is addictive for its fans, and it’s a popular lunch spot during the week. It is a great twist on the usual BBQ fare. If you’re looking for something a little different, this could be your new favorite joint.

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Keely Herrick is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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