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Best pulled pork

The pulled pork at Fox Bros. is your pick for the best in and around Atlanta. That side of collard greens is pretty tasty, too. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

The pulled pork at Fox Bros. is your pick for the best in and around Atlanta. That side of collard greens is pretty tasty, too. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

1. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
You say, “I’ve never met a pulled Q sandwich I didn’t like….but Fox Brothers is really, really good” and “very good on a sandwich but even better as part of the Texas Fries.”

2. Pig-N-Chik
3. Sam’s BBQ1
4. Community Q
5. Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q
6. Daddy D’z
7. Dave Poe’s BBQ

1. Beaver Creek Biscuit Company and Barbeque
The AJC dining team’s Popular Eats specialist Jon Watson says, “The pulled pork served at Beaver Creek Biscuit Company is perfectly moist and smokey, with generous chunks of crunchy bark mixed in with the meat. When ordering the pork plate, make sure that you specify that you want it pulled and not chopped, and top it off with some of their delicious mustard and vinegar based “Seminole sauce.’”

2. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
3. Boner’s BBQ
4. Dave Poe’s BBQ/Sam’s BBQ1
5. Heirloom Market BBQ

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February 19th, 2011
6:03 pm

Old Ephraim”s on the square in Marietta…yum! & don’t forget the raspberry lemonade.

Once a week

February 19th, 2011
8:33 pm

Harolds is great BBQ. But they don’t even offer PULLED pork. Only chopped or sliced.


February 19th, 2011
9:11 pm


February 19th, 2011
9:15 pm

Hands down, Fox Brothers BBQ.


February 19th, 2011
9:20 pm

Whitt’s Barbecue, Athens, AL


February 19th, 2011
9:48 pm

Fox Bros BBQ. Period, the end. :)


February 19th, 2011
9:51 pm

Definately the “Pig and Poke” on the Westside.


February 19th, 2011
9:58 pm

Hands down! Melts in your South!!! StaQs 2559 S Cobb Dr SE in Smyrna


February 19th, 2011
10:02 pm

even though the AJC doesn’t give a crap about the south side of town they do offer 2 of the best:

Pippins in McDonough and Southern Pit in Griffin. BUT to make the AJC “north of I 20 crowd” happy Rolling bones is outstanding as well.

My Two Cents

February 19th, 2011
10:02 pm

Get Tyler Florence’s recipe for Oven Baked Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Use the dry rub and the NC vinegar sauce recipes and cook the butt on a smoker . You won’t need to be going to any BBQ restaurant as you will be cooking the best pulled pork in Atlanta. Don’t forget to stock up on dill pickles! Yummo!


February 19th, 2011
10:36 pm

So far in GA, and I have eaten at Dave Poes, Sonny’s, Wallace and Williamson Bros, I would have to say The Rib Ranch in Kennesaw. Decent food, huge portions, great staff, interesting decor. IE The total package. Along with the Rib Ranch, Pooles in Elijay. Man, that sauce is out of this world!


February 19th, 2011
10:44 pm

Thompson Brothers on Cobb Parkway. Get the greens too. Best in Metro Atlanta!


February 19th, 2011
11:24 pm

Saw no credit to Mr D’s in Austell near Cobb HS. best sauce to be had. I drive past wallace’s to get there. worth the trip!!!


February 19th, 2011
11:49 pm

If it needs sauce, it ain’t worth my time.


February 19th, 2011
11:51 pm

Hudson’s in Douglasville


February 20th, 2011
12:07 am

NONE IN ATLANTA! Lived there for about 10 years in the 80’s and 90’s and still visit relatives regularly, but, have not found BBQ worth eating! When I lived there, every time I went back home I bought large amounts of Maurice’s, Wise’s and Shealy’s good old midlands of South Carolina mustard-vinegar-butter BBQ sauce pork and chicken to freeze and bring back to Atlanta so that I could enjoy REAL BBQ!


February 20th, 2011
12:07 am

Johnny’s in Powder Springs has some of the best barbecue in the metro area.


February 20th, 2011
2:05 am

Community makes the best pulled pork I’ve had around here. Pig’n'Chik is close, but Community’s is better and as sandwiches go, their Texas Toast makes a big difference to me. I’m so sick of lazy old white bread at BBQs.

And chopped pork is what you do when you didn’t smoke it well enough to pull.


February 20th, 2011
2:25 am

Moved from Columbus, GA to Atlanta in 1995… Yet to find anything that resembles good BBQ in this town. I’ve tried just about every place I’ve heard about in hopes that it will fill the void, but BBQ in ATL is BAD.


February 20th, 2011
4:35 am

Wares in Swainsboro.

Poppa's PTL Club

February 20th, 2011
7:10 am

Anyone who says Fatt Matt’s should be banned from ever commenting on anything BBQ ever again. Why do you think their “pulled pork” consists of 2/3 pork and 1/3 sauce? Because it’s not very good to begin with and they drown it in sauce so people who put ketchup on everything will think it’s acceptable. Funny name and a great location is all that keeps them in business

Little great pulled pork in GA, Hickory Pig is good, but inconsistent and often too smoky. I’ll have to vote for the defunct Garden Produce and Country Store in Stone Mountain. It’s a shame they closed down late last year.

Poppa's PTL Club

February 20th, 2011
7:13 am

PS to Dave, chopped pork is just a different style, I will chop pork after pulling sometime because that’s what some people want. Some people don’t want their pork done to the level of pulling and prefer the firmer texture of pork cooked cloer to 180 instead of over 195 (not my preference, but it’s only a preference).


February 20th, 2011
7:37 am

I don’t understand how anyone can say Harold’s. The place is filthy. Who could eat the BBQ when there are roaches crawling around? Does anyone know how to sweep and clean a place?


February 20th, 2011
8:46 am

Bub b que – jasper


February 20th, 2011
8:52 am

Theres a little place on N129 called roadside Grill…They smoke the meat on a wood smoker…The flavor is incredible…They also make their own sauces…a NC mustard, sweet & mild and hot…Now thats good eats..I have tried it naked, on a bun and with/without sauce…Its the best.


February 20th, 2011
9:24 am

Barbeque is regional. People from Memphis, St. Louis, Alabama, NC, etc., will prefer barbeque from their own area. My personal favorite is Gibson’s in Alabama; however, for this area, the pulled pork and brisket at Bub-A-Q in Woodstock are yummy!


February 20th, 2011
2:06 pm

Smokehouse BBQ in Gainesville Georgia. Best ever!

74 Dawg

February 20th, 2011
2:10 pm

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74 Dawg

February 20th, 2011
2:12 pm

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February 20th, 2011
2:18 pm

Williams Bros. in Canton is far better than any that I’ve tasted and the stew is out of this world. I live down the road from Smokehouse BBQ in Gainesville and I would travel 50 miles for some good BBQ and stew…


February 20th, 2011
2:22 pm

Wallace’s in Austell is by far the best, and puts anything in NC, including anything from Lexington, to shame.


February 20th, 2011
2:28 pm

Heirloom BBQ on Akers Mill Rd….

Like My 'Que

February 20th, 2011
2:35 pm

Went to Fresh Air in Jackson for the 1st time ever, last Saturday. Been eating BBQ all my life and Fresh Air’s pulled pork was blah—- not bad, not good, just plain ol’ blah. Gotta keep comparing all ‘cue to the Hickory Pig in Gainesville. There’s a reason why it was voted #1 in Atlanta Magazine—- it’s really the best and nothing else comes close.

Jimmy John

February 20th, 2011
2:36 pm

Shanes Rib Shack!!!


February 20th, 2011
3:13 pm

Fox Brothers or my house off the Big Green Rgg


February 20th, 2011
3:13 pm

df is absolutely correct. We are native Georgians and been in the Carolinas (East and West) for 30 years. Wallace’s in Austell is the best. Family members heading this way bring us a pound a pork and two quarts of stew. Don’t even order stew in North or South Carolina — it looks and taste like vegetable soup. It’s all in what you get used to, and the mustard and vinegar base here is good, but be careful that you don’t get the barbecue slaw slapped on your sandwich. Plates come with hushpuppies and slaw. We’ve had barbecue all over the Carolinas, tried all the chains (Sonny’s and Jim & Nicks, Sticky Fingers, Maurices, and every wide place in the road between Atlanta and Greensboro) and nothing compares to the smoked, trimmed, seasoned pork at Wallace’s, swimming in that tart sauce. Who cares about the sides??


February 20th, 2011
3:20 pm

Dickies Barbecue Pit..white people love our pulled pork. Too lazy to eat off bone! LOL We also enjoy boneless wings.

KCBS Judge in Canton

February 20th, 2011
3:32 pm

Pig and Chick, ‘Cue, Swallow are all great. Bubba Q is about the worst pulled pork, hands down. His contest ‘cue is awesome – but you won’t find that in his restaurants.


February 20th, 2011
3:34 pm


February 20th, 2011
4:01 pm

Wallace’s in Austell , worth the ride , and the stew is great !!


February 20th, 2011
4:10 pm

Community Q!!!!!!!!!!

Bobby Cue

February 20th, 2011
4:14 pm

Worst -1) Melears in Fayetville – Pork flavored sawdust.
2) Sprayberry’s in Newnan – Proof that Lewis Grizzard knew nothing about BBQ.
3) Fresh Air in Jackson – Further proof that Lewis Grizzard knew nothing about BBQ
4) Dreamland in Alpharetta – Tastless hype.

Best – 1) Sam’s BBQ-1 in Marietta
2) Pig N Chick on Roswell Road
3) Bub ba Q in Woodstock* – *Can be spotty, when it’s good, it’s very good, but sometimes it’s just OK.


February 20th, 2011
4:21 pm

Not sure if Dawsonville is off the table from being too far out, but Big D’s has some super yummy pulled pork.


February 20th, 2011
4:29 pm

Hickory Pig BBQ Gainesville Ga


February 20th, 2011
4:32 pm

Like folks, BBQ joints have good and bad days. I have my own sauce and cook mean BBQ. But now and then I get tired and eat out. To be on the safe side I eat at Harolds. Yes, they have good and bad days, just like the rest. So folks, enjoy your BBQ.

USMC dawg

February 20th, 2011
4:51 pm

Fox Brothers: Little Five Points; Everything here is Great, Ribs, pulled Pork, Brisket, sides
Williamson Bros.: Marietta; EXCELLENT bbq pork shoulder
Wallace BBQ: Austell; Ribs are exceptional; Brunswick stew is great
Pig N Chick: Sandy Springs; Pulled pork is outstanding
Jim N Nick’s: Gwinnett county; pulled pork is great

Fat Matt’s: Ribs are good


February 20th, 2011
5:05 pm

Hometown Barbecue in Lawrenceville. Hands down the best I’ve ever tasted!


February 20th, 2011
5:33 pm

Best Pulled Pork in town is Fox Brothers, Pig N Chick on Roswell road is 2nd. I normally vote for Harolds in the top 3 but they don’t offer “pulled”. Best in the rest of Ga. is Pooles in Elijay, hands down the best of the rest. Still need to try Heirloom.

Anyone who posts that chains like Shanes or Sonny’s are the best, don’t know pulled pork. There are others in-town that consistently get voted for that I don’t understand, places like Fatt Matts, DaddysZ or Rolling Bones. All three serve pulled pork that looks and tastes like if just came out of a plastic tub from your microwave.


February 20th, 2011
5:35 pm

Harold’s in Atlanta and Mad Dog’s in Conyers. Now I have to go get some BBQ.


February 20th, 2011
5:54 pm

Fresh Air near Jackson and Indian Springs. Hands down – and to heck with all this franchise based, committee decided so-called BBQ. The man (or woman) that owns the joint has to work the joint. Fresh Air is the “man”, and in the words of the immortal Mr. Flair, if you want to be the man, you got to beat the man.