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Best ribs

Grand Champion BBQ may be the new kid on the block, but this new barbecue spot is already impressive. It was both the readers pick and our pick for best ribs in and around Atlanta. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

Grand Champion BBQ may be the new kid on the block, but this new barbecue spot is already impressive. It was both the readers pick and our pick for best ribs in and around Atlanta. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

YOUR PICKS
1. Grand Champion BBQ
You say, “Tastiest ribs on this or any other planet are the baby back ribs at GC BBQ. Hickory smoked heaven.” and “Grand Champion has earned its name! Their ribs are moist and smoky and to sauce them would be a culinary sin! Perfection!”

2. Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
3. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
4. Community Q
5. JJ’s Rib Shack
6. Thompson Brothers BBQ

OUR PICKS
1. Grand Champion BBQ
The AJC dining team’s Popular Eats specialist Jon Watson says, “Owner Robert Owens will convert devotees of BBQ spare ribs with the exceptionally thick and juicy baby back ribs he serves at Grand Champion BBQ in Roswell. Unlike most baby back ribs, Grand Champion’s will surprise you with the amount of meat on each bone, and Owens does a remarkable job of infusing the meat with a strong smoke flavor.”

2. Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q
3. Dave Poe’s
4. Community Q
5. Sam’s BBQ 1

234 comments Add your comment

Drew

November 7th, 2011
3:24 pm

MBA Mama

November 7th, 2011
5:09 pm

JJ’s Rib Shack all the way!

PJ

November 7th, 2011
5:10 pm

Swallow at the Hollow

Donkey200

November 7th, 2011
5:21 pm

Heirloom BBQ.

g

November 7th, 2011
5:25 pm

Beef Rib at Fox Brothers BBQ. Awesome

ms.puff

November 7th, 2011
5:39 pm

jj rib shack

RL

November 7th, 2011
5:56 pm

Beef rib at Community Q!

kennethc

November 7th, 2011
5:58 pm

fatt matts without a doubt

Mr. M

November 7th, 2011
6:06 pm

Houston’s.

Daisy

November 7th, 2011
6:11 pm

Sam’s BBQ 1.

Skipper

November 7th, 2011
6:22 pm

Fat Matt’s

B

November 7th, 2011
6:28 pm

Jim n Nick’s!

HG3

November 7th, 2011
6:30 pm

Wallace’s BBQ in Austell.

snb

November 7th, 2011
7:35 pm

Baltisraul

November 7th, 2011
8:24 pm

Beef @ CommunityQ. And pls nobody better say Sonny’s or they will have to leave the state of Georgia within 48 hrs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No exceptions!

Anita

November 7th, 2011
9:33 pm

Killer ribs & best BBQ anywhere!

Anita

November 7th, 2011
9:34 pm

Wallace’s BBQ in Austell. Killer ribs & best BBQ anywhere!

up north

November 7th, 2011
10:19 pm

Believe it or not, Norcross Station.

Rib Lover

November 7th, 2011
10:51 pm

JJ’s. The Best!!!

Bill

November 8th, 2011
12:37 am

This being Atlanta, I’m sure Fat Matt’s will win. A Tennessee friend of mine asked me where to get good ribs in Atlanta. This was ten years ago. After reading all the Atlanta reviews, I said, “Fat Matt’s.” My friend dressed me down after his visit to Fat Matt’s saying I should know better.

Anyhow, I haven’t had any good ribs in Atlanta. Atlanta is not a great cue town.

kt

November 8th, 2011
1:41 am

Williamson Brothers BBQ

SAWB

November 8th, 2011
2:06 am

Fat Matt’s is the obvious answer and the correct answer.

SAWB

November 8th, 2011
2:08 am

Oh yea a quick note. Barbecue in Atlanta is ALWAYS from a PIG all that other stuff is just grilled meat. Yes, it may be very good grilled meat, but grilled meat just the same.

Tina S

November 8th, 2011
4:41 am

Fox Brothers!…all the way!!!

heywood

November 8th, 2011
6:22 am

Sams BBQ1 and Community Q- they are both outstanding.

Baltisraul

November 8th, 2011
7:40 am

Sawb………you don’t grill beef ribs you Bar-B-Que them. You grill steaks and hamburgers. Yes, many folks in the South love beef ribs. Your narrow stance on” pork only” left town years ago.

Jason

November 8th, 2011
9:42 am

JD’s in Acworth (newly opened).

I get a kick out of the religious Fat Matt’s zealots. Word of advice to all of you….try other places. Seriously, there actually other BBQ/Rib joints around town. They really do exist and if you tried some of them, you might find some mighty good ribs out there.

CAP

November 8th, 2011
10:13 am

swallow at the Hollow is good – so is Smoke Jack

Victor

November 8th, 2011
10:20 am

Heirloom Market & BBQ for truly smoked ribs and not in some electric/digital smoker.
Fat Matt’s is a joke, let’s boil the ribs first, no one will notice after we drown it in HFCS sauce. It’s for the sheep who don’t know any better. It’s like saying Mary Mac’s has the best fried chicken.

ChefDawg

November 8th, 2011
10:23 am

Community Q does an amazing job with their ribs. Great Smoke ring and the perfect bite. Ribs should never “fall off the bone”. That just means that they were over cooked.

Amanda

November 8th, 2011
10:43 am

Fat Matt’s

kevin

November 8th, 2011
10:57 am

Fat Matt’s is terrible. Daddy D’z has solid ribs.

Father Murphy

November 8th, 2011
11:05 am

I like baby ribs

GaPeachy

November 8th, 2011
11:36 am

Boooooooo! Everybody always says the same places. You all have got to try some of the smaller mom and pop rib joints, they are always much better. Great place in the westend called the The Mustard Seed. The best ribs and bbq chicken I have ever had and they specialze in this special mustard sauce that just brings out the falvor in the barbecue. A must try!

Jennifer

November 8th, 2011
11:42 am

Daddy D’z and The Local!

mary b

November 8th, 2011
1:02 pm

i miss dusty’s bbq….

Vince

November 8th, 2011
1:04 pm

KC

November 8th, 2011
1:05 pm

Thompson Brothers! Always smoked to perfection and their sauce is incredible.

Marietta Gal

November 8th, 2011
1:06 pm

Dave Poe’s…used to be Sam & Dave’s on Whitlock Ave. Dave bought out Sam, but the BBQ is still as good as ever.

Susie

November 8th, 2011
1:10 pm

ATL Native

November 8th, 2011
1:11 pm

Wyatt BBQ on Memorial has the best ribs that you can ever find. Don’t let the building deceive you. They have the best soul food in town!

tony

November 8th, 2011
1:15 pm

Hardlyeverposts

November 8th, 2011
1:19 pm

Rib Ranch, hands down

pat

November 8th, 2011
1:20 pm

JJ’s Rib Shack is the best in town. People wait hours to get some.

Rickster

November 8th, 2011
1:21 pm

Texas Roadhouse. The meat literally falls off their “fall off the bone” ribs.

c2mfj

November 8th, 2011
1:22 pm

If you aren’t saying Fatt Matt’s, it’s because you haven’t been there.

Brandon

November 8th, 2011
1:25 pm

Pit Boss on Virginia Ave down by the airport… plus you smell like BBQ when you leave so its the gift that keep on giving!

bleau

November 8th, 2011
1:28 pm

davis

November 8th, 2011
1:29 pm

FOX BROTHERS

bob

November 8th, 2011
1:29 pm

My own ribs on the Gig Green Egg!