These Georgian restaurants made Southern Living’s ‘Top 50 Southern BBQs’ for 2022 – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA – Barbecue lovers rejoice: Three Georgia barbecue joints made Southern Living’s “50 Best Barbecues in the South”.

From beef brisket to pulled pork, these BBQ joints have it all.

“Taken as a whole, the rankings offer a capsule assessment of ‘The State of Southern BBQ,’ and the state of Southern BBQ is indeed strong – and getting stronger every year,” the magazine said of from the list.

Southern Living magazine last published the list in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the country and shut down many restaurants.

Georgia did well in this year’s list, with three barbecue restaurants making the top 5, including two in or near metro Atlanta.

Arrive at #48 East Fox Bros Bar-BQat 1238 DeKalb Avenue Northeast, Atlanta.

Launched by brothers Jonathan and Justin Fox, Fox Bros. opened its first location along DeKalb Avenue in Atlanta in 2007.

“After moving from Fort Worth to Atlanta, Justin and Jonathan were homesick for Texas-style barbecue and after being unable to find the flavors they grew up with, the twin brothers decided to take matters into their own hands. . With no professional training, Jonathan and Justin started hosting gatherings in their backyard for friends and family to test their barbecue skills. From small gatherings turned into kitchens for over 250 people, a barbecue catering operation was born, the restaurant’s website said.

“Breast, ribs and sausages remain at the heart of the menu, but many creative combinations span Southern barbecue regions,” Southern Living said.

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To get to No. 24 on the list, you’ll need to head to the Georgian coast to try a few Southern Soul Barbecue. The restaurant is located at 2020 Demere Road on St. Simons Island.

“In 2007, after cooking together for various charity events, (Harrison Sapp and Griffin Bufkin) started their barbecue business in a sublet kitchen. Soon after, they moved into a converted half-century-old gas station next to a large roundabout just a mile from the beach,” Southern Living said in a 2019 article on the ‘company.

“There are, of course, delicious slow-smoked meats – brisket, chicken, turkey and sausage, all cooked over oak wood over Oyler and Lang pits. The sweet and smoky honey-based ribs are a crowd favorite, and the rich and tangy version of Georgia’s traditional Brunswick stew is a delight,” Southern Living said of the restaurant.

Closer to metro Atlanta, #9, the highest restaurant on the list, is located in Jackson. Fresh air barbecue is located at 1164 Highway 42 South.

“The original Fresh Air Barbecue in Jackson, Georgia is Georgia’s oldest pit-cooked barbecue restaurant still in its original location,” the restaurant’s website states.

Fresh Air Barbecue was established in 1929, originally owned by Dr. Joel Watkins, then purchased in 1945 by Butts County native George W. “Toots” Caston.

Since then, “four generations of the Toots Caston family have worked or been directly involved in the history of Fresh Air Barbecue, adding their ideas and improvements to the business.”

“No brisket or ribs appear on the menu at this Peach State icon, which dates back to 1929. Barbecue here means one thing and one thing only: ground pork dressed in a thin, spicy red sauce,” said Southern Living about the restaurant. .

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