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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

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

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


November 8th, 2011
10:43 pm

Thompson Bros BBQ


November 8th, 2011
10:46 pm

OB’s in McDonough!!!


November 8th, 2011
10:48 pm

Fatt Matts is an awful tourist trap. Any place that cooks ribs on an open flame and deserves to be on the “Worst Ribs in Atlanta” list.


November 8th, 2011
10:54 pm

Anderson’s Barbeque @ MLK & Willis Mill is my all time favorite hands down, but it appears he has closed up shop after many, many years of serving up fabulous bbq with sauce so good you wanted an extra cup for sopping, and brunswick stew to die for! JJ’s is very good Q and my next best favorite, and will be my BBQ of choice if Anderson’s is really gone. Bass BBQ in McDonough is good too …

BBQ Master

November 8th, 2011
10:57 pm

Fatt Matt’s boils their ribs and then grills them. They are very tough. I can’t figure out why people like the place. It seems to give suburbanites the feeling they are having an edgy, insider Atlanta experience. I actually went there again, a few weeks ago, and the ribs were just as bad as ever.

If there isn’t a bunch of smoke coming out of the joint, chances are the BBQ isn’t good.

Ga overseas

November 8th, 2011
11:06 pm

Fatt Matts

And to hell with the Beef Ribs – Go PORK or GO HOME!


November 8th, 2011
11:10 pm

JJ’s Rib Shack Hands Down!

one who knows

November 8th, 2011
11:10 pm

pappy r’s on chattahoochee ave.


November 8th, 2011
11:17 pm

FOX Brother, Iron Horse, Smokey Bones!!!

Randy White

November 8th, 2011
11:21 pm

Rodgers Bar B Q


November 8th, 2011
11:23 pm

Houston’s fall off the bone ribs are delish!! Add some shoestring potatoes and cole slaw to the mix and you’re in for a treat! Don’t forget to order the spinach and artichoke dip as an appetizer. They have the best I’ve ever had!! ENJOY!!


November 8th, 2011
11:26 pm

The Mustard Seed in SW Atlanta.


November 8th, 2011
11:32 pm

Beef ribs at Rib Ranch. Pork Ribs at JD’s Barbecue in Woodstock.

OF'n G

November 8th, 2011
11:38 pm

Double Barrel BBQ…or the brothers…Fox, Thompson or Williamson will all sit well.


November 8th, 2011
11:50 pm

A Man and a Grill


November 8th, 2011
11:53 pm

I’ve had enough of the people who claim Atlanta doesn’t have any good rib joints. If Fox Bros or a dozen other places served exactly what they serve now, but happened to be in Memphis, those same people would love it.


November 8th, 2011
11:56 pm

KJ…I respect your position on this but politely disagree.


November 8th, 2011
11:57 pm

Turners BBQ in Lithia Springs with the original Seminol Sauce follow the trucks. Yummy

Vino mania

November 8th, 2011
11:59 pm

Grand champion BBQ! No sauce, please. The smoke & rub is perfection!


November 9th, 2011
12:03 am

Yuck. Yuck. And again, yuck. How anyone can consume the sorry-excuse-for-BBQ in metro-Atlanta is beyond me. The closest good BBQ is Sprayberry’s in Newnan, the next is Heavy’s in Crawfordville, and the best in the state (worth driving for) is Sconyer’s in Augusta. Nuff said.


November 9th, 2011
12:13 am

Rolling Bones, Edgewood Avenue

The best, very meaty and tender, delicious flavor!

Demontre Mobley

November 9th, 2011
12:17 am

D&D’s barbecue on Sylvan Rd in Atlanta, Ga…….


November 9th, 2011
12:22 am

JJ’s Rib
The Mustard Seed
Wyatts BB


November 9th, 2011
12:23 am

Pit Boss—Hapeville


November 9th, 2011
12:42 am

If you think Sprayberry’s is good BBQ, then you would like the McRib sandwich. Both are awful.

a will

November 9th, 2011
1:03 am

fox brothers bbq


November 9th, 2011
1:14 am

fat matts by far is the best in town. with their great bbq sauce


November 9th, 2011
1:14 am

you are so right


November 9th, 2011
2:13 am

There are no better ribs than Andersons BBQ which has been on GPB for one of Georgias best BBQ joints. Daddy D’z, JJ’s Rib Shack and Hottie Hawgs is a close second. OTP, Sams BBQ 1 off Johnson Ferry and Lower Roswell Rd is the best hands down. Fatt Matts is garbage and for people mentioning them as good, they don’t know BBQ.


November 9th, 2011
2:20 am

@ JD’s BBQ… Ketchup with pepper… Jerkified meat on a smoker.. no need to say any more.


November 9th, 2011
2:36 am

Thompson Brothers by FAR!!!!


November 9th, 2011
4:29 am

The McRib sandwich from McDonalds. They age their ribs for months and marinade them for several weeks. Just can’t prepare enough and keep running out. That’s why they only have them one or twice a year.

tom foolery

November 9th, 2011
5:52 am

Bring up BBQ and watch the machismo circle jerking commence. It’s worse than listening to wine snobs.


November 9th, 2011
7:42 am

hambones by the airport


November 9th, 2011
8:09 am

ga overseas………..don’t know how long you have been overseas but many Southern folks love beef ribs. The idea that you can only enjoy pork ribs sounds like ole style hillbilly talk.


November 9th, 2011
8:13 am

Pig n’ Chick ribs are porcine perfection. Tender and smoky, they don’t need sauce. That said, their traditional tomato sauce is the perfect compliment to the ribs. Love’em!


November 9th, 2011
8:31 am

Grand Champion BBQ- those ribs are the best and I’ve done the Missouri/Arkansas comparisons too. They’re never frozen – always fresh and delish.

Event Planner

November 9th, 2011
8:56 am

Grand Champion BBQ all the way!!!


November 9th, 2011
8:58 am

JJ Rib Shack- Campbellton Road-
Thompson Brothers on Cobb Pkwy- OMGoodness they’re great!!!


November 9th, 2011
8:59 am

Grand Champion has the best ribs, and the best brisket in Atlanta, in fact the South East so far.


November 9th, 2011
9:10 am

had Burnt Fork’s ribs the other night. Excellent!


November 9th, 2011
9:54 am

The best way to get good ribs in just about any southern town is to go to the black section of town and stopping in some (abandoned?) gas station parking lot where someone has set up a smoker. Isn’t certified by the health department, and you can probably only pay in cash, but I’ve never had any better.

rib meister

November 9th, 2011
10:12 am

I agree with Mike, I also miss Corkey’s, used to travel from Dallas to Gwinnett for them. That’s the past however. I’ve been to Fat Matts and don’t think they’re so great. I guess it is to those who live in the perimeter. I prefer Old South in Smyrna and Thompson Bros. Try getting out of the perimeter for some real ribs..


November 9th, 2011
10:34 am

My vote is for Grand Champion BBQ! Read the AJC review & tried the ribs. There are no better ribs than GCQ’s.


November 9th, 2011
12:26 pm

Gotta say, this is a bum question in my opinion. There are beef ribs and pork ribs, not to mention varieties of each–they are not interchangeable. That said:

Fox Bros BBQ for the best beef short rib (and all around ribs, if you must)
Williamson Brothers for the best babyback ribs.

Typical Redneck

November 9th, 2011
12:44 pm

JD, Sprayberry’s? That place is awful and you now have no credibility.


November 9th, 2011
12:52 pm


November 9th, 2011
1:00 pm

GRAND Champion BBQ!! Best best best best ribs.


November 9th, 2011
1:06 pm

Hickory House in Dunwoody. taste like candy. delicious


November 9th, 2011
1:23 pm

Big Shanty Smokehouse in Kennesaw has Killer Ribs!