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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!

ATLDawg, ya dig?

November 8th, 2011
1:32 pm

Fatt Matts. Then Ribs, Etc…..R.I.P. Then, my own ribs off the BGE.

Edward

November 8th, 2011
1:32 pm

I’m not saying Fat Matts because yes, I have been there, and there is no way a boiled rib smothered in mediocre (but syrupy sweet for the typical Atlanta crowd) sauce is acceptable to any knowledgeable foodie. A true SMOKED rib like Fox Bros. or Community Q is the only way to eat.

iRun

November 8th, 2011
1:35 pm

A little off-topic, but can anyone tell my why the pork ribs at Manuel’s Tavern are as good as they are? That’s not a BBQ joint. It’s a pub. But my 10-year old orders the Manny’s Ribs every time we go, which is 3 times a month, and those ribs are pretty darn good for pub ribs.

On topic – Fox Bros.

SunDwag

November 8th, 2011
1:37 pm

‘Cue BBQ beats all others

KJ

November 8th, 2011
1:37 pm

I’ve tried ribs everywhere and there really is nothing better than Fox Brothers.

Denise

November 8th, 2011
1:37 pm

Besides my Brother In Law Jeff…Rolling Bones is the best in Atlanta!!!!

Jim

November 8th, 2011
1:38 pm

Community Q.

poboy

November 8th, 2011
1:40 pm

McRib baby. The best Grade D meat money can buy.

Jawjagirl

November 8th, 2011
1:40 pm

Poole’s in Ellijay – Gotta love the Pig Hill of Fame – The Colonel and Edna are one of a kind.

Denise

November 8th, 2011
1:42 pm

@ GA PEACHY…you are correct. The Mom and Pop joints are the best. The best ribs were always at Auburn Ave Rib Shack.

bob

November 8th, 2011
1:44 pm

HOLLYWOOD

November 8th, 2011
1:51 pm

Mr. D’s BBQ with Soul is the BEST kept secret in Austell on Austell Rd!!!!!! They treat there customers great which is a big plus.

jmr

November 8th, 2011
1:53 pm

Big Daddy Q’s in Woodstock!

tmac

November 8th, 2011
1:54 pm

Dreamland….love the beef ribs and sauce

Brandon

November 8th, 2011
1:58 pm

Blind Pig BBQ has best ribs!
It is in Jackson, GA.

Ronald M.

November 8th, 2011
2:00 pm

The McRib @ Mickey D’s.

catsmeow

November 8th, 2011
2:01 pm

Tastiest ribs on this or any other planet are the baby back ribs at GC BBQ. Hickory smoked heaven.

BBQExpert

November 8th, 2011
2:05 pm

Thompson Brothers in Marietta. If you want baby back, Bub-A-Q in Woodstock.

cgeorge

November 8th, 2011
2:06 pm

Jarrett

November 8th, 2011
2:09 pm

My ribs are the best. Just use Alton Brown’s recipe and you will never have to go out and spend money again.

Logical Dude

November 8th, 2011
2:10 pm

Dreamland BBQ – okay, not as good as the original in Tuscaloosa, but still very good ribs. (Peachtree Corners location)

Not Disappointed

November 8th, 2011
2:12 pm

Neal’s BBQ in Thomson, Georgia. It’s worth the drive on a Saturday Morning down I-20 East. The Ribs, BBQ and Hash is worth it! They cook 15 or more Hogs on Thursday – Saturday. They have fresh of the pig ‘Pork Skins’ available but it sells out early! ‘Have Mercy!’ The BEST!

krusher79

November 8th, 2011
2:12 pm

Hands down – FOX BROTHERS

Jim

November 8th, 2011
2:13 pm

Maddy’s — alas they are no longer!

po

November 8th, 2011
2:15 pm

Burnt Fork BBQ, Decatur

johnny fontane

November 8th, 2011
2:16 pm

Smokey Tales BBQ team.

Doug

November 8th, 2011
2:18 pm

I agree with the gentleman who said Atlanta is not a good ‘cue town … and Fat Matt’s is maybe the worst place for ‘cue in the South, other than Daddy D’s.

Mary

November 8th, 2011
2:23 pm

Whats up yall?
Everyone knows the only place for RIBS is
RIB COUNTRY—–hands down!!

MacDiddy

November 8th, 2011
2:24 pm

I like Shanes Rib Shack. But this one time my friend went in there with me before a Tony, Toni, Tone concert. She had been “drinking” and whatnot. So she had the ribs and then she had some fries. And my another friend told her to do a shot of barbcue sauce. Lets just say that it was not a pretty site. First she was in the “bathroom” then it came out to the table like a trail of ribs and tortillas and she couldn’t remember when she had tortillas then I remind her she ate at Pollo Loco two days before.

Bubba

November 8th, 2011
2:25 pm

SAWB is right. Barbecue = pork.

Phildo

November 8th, 2011
2:25 pm

Talk about nostalgia and a trip 50-60 years into past, the before mentioned Auburn Avenue Rib Shack, and the Houston Street Rib Shack as well. Both where my honky love of ribs started (Thank you, Dad.), and overjoyed that there are several fine places around today, but not Fatt Matts, may they boil in hell.

Calhoun

November 8th, 2011
2:26 pm

Big Byrd’s Amazing BBQ in Calhoun, Georgia

Mac

November 8th, 2011
2:28 pm

WarDogDaddy

November 8th, 2011
2:29 pm

Fat Matt’s

Byron

November 8th, 2011
2:32 pm

Cue. Hands down, FTW!

GaPeachy

November 8th, 2011
2:38 pm

@ Denise, I will give them a try this weekend, I love a new bbq spot! May have to run an extra mile or two but its soooo worth it!!!!

Kerfeld

November 8th, 2011
2:39 pm

Dreamland, Dreamland, Dreamland.

bkef

November 8th, 2011
2:42 pm

anyone that mentions FAT MATT’s is not one to be trustes.. they are awful.

Da Analyst

November 8th, 2011
2:46 pm

Ohio Hog in Fairburn

Twin Diddy

November 8th, 2011
2:47 pm

Ribs ETC…oh wait.

Mark

November 8th, 2011
2:47 pm

DBA in the Highlands…..all the food is fantastic! Matt Coggin has done it right!!!

Earle Haggard

November 8th, 2011
2:49 pm

Smokey Tales has the best ribs I’ve ever tasted! Unfortunately they only cater….those folks need a restaurant

Sally Sue

November 8th, 2011
2:50 pm

Home Grown ga…… hands down…….

cass

November 8th, 2011
2:50 pm

Herb’s my husband and I don’t eat PORK!!!

Ribeater

November 8th, 2011
2:51 pm

Fox Brothers Pork….

cass

November 8th, 2011
2:52 pm

OMEGAQ by Herb Lewis are the BEST!!!!

SAWB

November 8th, 2011
2:54 pm

The PIG is KING long live the PIG. Well, I mean long live until we butcher him for some fine Southern-Q. Sorry PETA…

jake

November 8th, 2011
3:03 pm

Fatt Matts, you dont even have to ask!

Trey

November 8th, 2011
3:03 pm

FATT MATT’S hands down.

james

November 8th, 2011
3:06 pm

Anyone who says Fatt Matt’s should not be allowed to post ever again. It has to be Fox Bros

Greg

November 8th, 2011
3:08 pm

Pippin’s in McDonough. Unfortunately, ribs are available only on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Logical Dude

November 8th, 2011
3:10 pm

Funny how many people just say “Fat Matt’s” without a reason or backing it up, but those who dislike Fat Matts at least extrapolate.

Fatt Matt’s fans. Why is it so good?

SAWB

November 8th, 2011
3:11 pm

Hey AJC have you noticed your clock is off? Just sayin…

JF McNamara

November 8th, 2011
3:13 pm

Moes on 14th or Fatt Matts.

Fat Matt’s isn’t the same anymore. I can’t put my finger on it. Still good, but there are now other places in their area code.

B

November 8th, 2011
3:15 pm

I am not a big fan of baby back ribs, I prefer spare ribs, and for that reason Dreamland is the best around. any other suggestions for good spare ribs, I’m open to suggestions, but most of the ribs mentioned here that I’ve been to are baby back…

Brian Hunt

November 8th, 2011
3:15 pm

Swallow in the Hollow Roswell has the best ribs other than mine.

Ima Glutton

November 8th, 2011
3:16 pm

Grand Champion Que in E. Marietta/Roswell, and then use the sauce from Dreamland

That’s Que-Fusion

jj

November 8th, 2011
3:20 pm

Cue in Alpharetta & Cumming. It’s the best!

Rho

November 8th, 2011
3:21 pm

JJ’s Rib Shack on Campbellton Road. Plan to wait as the ribs come right off of the grill, but our family LOVES it. The best I’ve had in Atlanta so far.

Tag Hunter

November 8th, 2011
3:24 pm

Fat Matt’s ribs are tough and for amateurs.

The Bald Eagle

November 8th, 2011
3:24 pm

I prefer Fox Bros. for the brisket and Daddy D’z for the sides. But for ribs? Ms. Betty’s House of Ribs all the way!

Brhynn

November 8th, 2011
3:26 pm

Thomson Brothers on Cobb Pkwy. Those boys know how to make ribs–and they ain’t baby backs either!

Typical Redneck

November 8th, 2011
3:28 pm

Atlanta doesn’t have any to writehome about. Book a flight to Memphis or learn to smoke them yourself.

John

November 8th, 2011
3:28 pm

Swallow at the Hollow and SmokeJack BBQ

Eats-a-lot

November 8th, 2011
3:29 pm

Grand Champion BBQ…Juiciest and meatiest ribs around…Just ask Jon Watson!

Mike

November 8th, 2011
3:30 pm

Grand Champion Barbeque in on Shallowford Road- best meatiest ribs I’ve ever had. The dry-rub alone is so delicious you need no sauce.

A Fox Brother

November 8th, 2011
3:32 pm

Last Word

November 8th, 2011
3:36 pm

Lucy Boze

November 8th, 2011
3:40 pm

I vote for Grand Canyon Barbeque in Marietta. There ribs are delicious, never sauced, but rubbed with a fantastic blend. These ribs are cooked fresh everyday. Also, this restaurant is the only one in Atlanta that uses fresh pork, never frozen and it really pays off.

Georgia girl

November 8th, 2011
3:57 pm

GC BBQ in Roswell at Shallowford Road and Johnson Ferry. Best ribs ever!! Always fresh, never frozen. Just the right amount of smokiness and very meaty!!

loki44

November 8th, 2011
4:05 pm

Pig-n-Chik

Hottie Hawg’s comes in second.

Jeff

November 8th, 2011
4:06 pm

Grand Champion BBQ is the new kid on this block…and deserves a strong recommendation. If you haven’t driven over to Shallowford and Johnson Ferry and found these quality ribs, I highly advise you to try them before you vote!

Eliza

November 8th, 2011
4:08 pm

Grand Champion BBQ, of course!

Bethany

November 8th, 2011
4:10 pm

I love Grand Champion BBQ’s ribs – therefore I nominate Grand Champion BBQ!

sevens 7

November 8th, 2011
4:15 pm

Thought I was going to be the first post for Grand Champion BBQ guess im wrong. Im not a rib fan but they have me converted. Short rib and baby back are awesome so I recommend them both.

Douglas Wilks

November 8th, 2011
5:13 pm

Grand Champion BBQ…

SAWB

November 8th, 2011
5:34 pm

The McRibb? The question was the best ribs in Atlanta not the best snout, ear and foot sandwich.

K. MAGEE -

November 8th, 2011
5:40 pm

Grand Champion BBQ… DUH!

Ty

November 8th, 2011
5:53 pm

Grand champion BBQ

Baltisraul

November 8th, 2011
6:08 pm

Bob…..you didn’t let the tradition down. Someone always says my riibs (enter any food here) at my house, or at my mom’s house. Way to go Bob!

Baltisraul

November 8th, 2011
6:09 pm

Jim…..Maddy’s is no longer? Say it isn’t so!

Paul

November 8th, 2011
6:18 pm

The new kid on the block has amazing and consistent ribs – GCBBQ. Grand Champions.

Just Me

November 8th, 2011
6:19 pm

Williamson Bros.

Susan

November 8th, 2011
6:25 pm

Grand Champion has earned its name! Their ribs are moist and smoky and to sauce them would be a culinary sin! Perfection!

Fat Matt

November 8th, 2011
7:15 pm

Hey for all of you choosing the McRib! Thanks so much! See, we won the contract to supply McDonald’s with their McRib sandwiches. When they wanted bland, boiled pork smothered in pancake syrup, they knew who to turn to!

Mary

November 8th, 2011
7:37 pm

Hands Down, its Grand Champion BBQ!!!!!!!! Always fresh, always tender and no sauce needed, the rub is enough!!!!!!

david c

November 8th, 2011
8:00 pm

I have yet to have ribs in Atlanta as good as the spare ribs at (long gone) Harry’s Open Pit BBQ in ,wait for it, Hollywood California. They were on Sunset at Crescent Heights until the late 70’s, then re-opened in the 90’s on Sunset near the Guitar Center, for a year or so before California EPA closed down the smoke pit.
Sounds like heresy, but my lady is from Tennessee, and she swore by them.

lensmanemf

November 8th, 2011
8:12 pm

I use to be a big fan of fat matt’s rib shack but some things change the ribs just aren’t as good my new place in east cobb call grand champion barbeque on shallowford east cobb area is completely incredible

eglynn

November 8th, 2011
8:23 pm

Grand Champion BBQ

Ray From NY

November 8th, 2011
8:57 pm

Here is my vote for Williamson Bros in Marietta and 2nd place to Bub-Ba-Q in Woodstock for spare ribs, no baby back, although thats good eats as well. Bub-Ba-Q has the best Beef Brisket I have ever had!

Happy to see that Sonnys is not considered BBQ as this was my first taste of southern BBQ & was very dissapointed. I see lots of votes for Wallace in Austell, gotta give that place a try & plan to eat lunch at Mustard Seed in the hood tomorrow.

ben

November 8th, 2011
10:14 pm

Fat Matt’s. Anyone who says different is an idiot and a communist.

Mike

November 8th, 2011
10:18 pm

I’ve yet to find good ribs in Atlanta since Corky’s closed in Gwinnett. If you want the best ribs, take another poster’s advice and book a flight to Memphis. Corky’s and Rendezvous. Case closed.

hellinahandbasket

November 8th, 2011
10:22 pm

1) fat matt’s
2) williamson’s

hl

November 8th, 2011
10:27 pm

Swallow and the Hollow

Darin

November 8th, 2011
10:27 pm

Houstons without a doubt.. I will put Knife and fork ribs up against anyone elses

HootyGoot

November 8th, 2011
10:31 pm

Ruby Tuesday— Austell

Irene

November 8th, 2011
10:33 pm

Rib Shack in East Point..Best ribs in town

Dianna

November 8th, 2011
10:33 pm

bub-a-que in Woodstock is the best~

Ribman..and the gut to prove it

November 8th, 2011
10:39 pm

Fox Bros is good all around. Rib Ranch has great beef ribs, like the one that turned over Fred Flintstone’s car. Pork? Hambones BBQ on Virginia Avenue, East Point. Absolutely great and no sauce needed.

Cherie

November 8th, 2011
10:39 pm

Mad Dog’s in Covington & Houstons

BBQFan

November 8th, 2011
10:43 pm

Thompson Bros BBQ

Carol

November 8th, 2011
10:46 pm

OB’s in McDonough!!!

mike

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.

KJill

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!

paul

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.

Glickstien

November 8th, 2011
11:17 pm

FOX Brother, Iron Horse, Smokey Bones!!!

Randy White

November 8th, 2011
11:21 pm

Rodgers Bar B Q

bev

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!!

Chris

November 8th, 2011
11:26 pm

The Mustard Seed in SW Atlanta.

Robray

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.

pumpkin

November 8th, 2011
11:50 pm

A Man and a Grill

KJ

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.

Mike

November 8th, 2011
11:56 pm

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

catcherman

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!

jd

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.

Julie

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…….

John

November 9th, 2011
12:22 am

JJ’s Rib
The Mustard Seed
Wyatts BB

Ken

November 9th, 2011
12:23 am

Pit Boss—Hapeville

GIVE ME A BREAK

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

artyc

November 9th, 2011
1:14 am

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

artyc

November 9th, 2011
1:14 am

you are so right

Jerome

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.

bobdole

November 9th, 2011
2:20 am

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

Fairygodmother

November 9th, 2011
2:36 am

Thompson Brothers by FAR!!!!

Ragman

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.

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November 9th, 2011
7:42 am

hambones by the airport

Baltisraul

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.

Beefhound

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!

Laurynf

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!!!

dynomite

November 9th, 2011
8:58 am

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

Octavia

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.

drumdana

November 9th, 2011
9:10 am

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

T-Square

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..

Forty-love

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.

Nathan

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.

Al

November 9th, 2011
12:52 pm

Bree

November 9th, 2011
1:00 pm

GRAND Champion BBQ!! Best best best best ribs.

mike

November 9th, 2011
1:06 pm

Hickory House in Dunwoody. taste like candy. delicious

Todd

November 9th, 2011
1:23 pm

Big Shanty Smokehouse in Kennesaw has Killer Ribs!

MJ Boyd

November 9th, 2011
1:26 pm

One Star Ranch on Irby Avenue in Buckhead!

Erin

November 9th, 2011
1:37 pm

I vote the Newbie: Grand Champion BBQ!!! So glad there in my neighborhood. They are the BEST!

Julie

November 9th, 2011
1:53 pm

Grand Champion BBQ!

Gorgeous Grandma-Acworth

November 9th, 2011
4:30 pm

Thompson Brothers in Marietta

Megan G

November 9th, 2011
5:03 pm

Grand Champion BBQ

BBQ Master

November 9th, 2011
7:26 pm

I work for Grand Champion and have 100 aliases.

Forty-love

November 9th, 2011
8:47 pm

@bbq master: it’s called social media. They put the word out via Facebook. They can’t help it if their Facebook fans love the ribs! And yes, I am a fan of theirs…maybe you should check them out.

EB

November 9th, 2011
11:43 pm

Grand Champion BBQ

Steven Josovitz

November 9th, 2011
11:56 pm

Has anyone tried the massive beef ribs at One Star Ranch in Buckhead… PRETTY PRETT GOOD!

David G

November 9th, 2011
11:58 pm

Heirloom BBQ has the best ribs on the planet, and I lived in Texas for ten, count em, ten years.

Baltisraul

November 10th, 2011
8:10 am

David G…….you lived in Texas 10 years. WOW So that makes you an expert? Texas has good Bar-B-Que but there are many places in this country that have good Q. And you don’t have to live there 10 years to come to that conclusion.

Doctor J

November 10th, 2011
9:14 am

Fat Matt’s. Those who say it is terrible obviously have corrupted taste buds…

RJC

November 10th, 2011
10:06 am

Georgia BBQ in East Cobb

Tootsie

November 10th, 2011
10:44 am

Grand Champion in East Cobb all the way!!! Perfectly smoked every time. Thanks Jon Watson for the tip.

Biggin

November 10th, 2011
12:08 pm

CB’s in Sugar Hill!

allen

November 10th, 2011
1:53 pm

One Star in Buckhead.

Jessica Lyon

November 11th, 2011
10:06 am

Grand Champion BBQ, of course!!! The best food in town! Anywhere else is just second best! ;-)

Erin

November 11th, 2011
10:21 am

Grand Champion BBQ!

mld465

November 12th, 2011
12:48 pm

Are you kidding? The juiciest, tasty ribs are at Moe’s Original BBQ on 14th Street in Midtown.

Juana

November 12th, 2011
9:46 pm

JJ’s Rib Shack!!!!

Total binge

November 13th, 2011
12:11 am

Exquiate smoke ring. Grand champion!

chuck e

November 13th, 2011
10:20 am

JR’s in Norcross, they also have great brunswick stew

Amos

November 13th, 2011
11:38 am

Williamson Bros. was THE BEST as recently as 2001.

Unfortunately, it is now 2011, and the quality is no longer there.

Duchess

November 13th, 2011
12:52 pm

JJ’s Rib Shack, be prepared to wait…actually, just go shopping and then return to pick your order. Well worth it and that’s why we keep returning…no matter how long it takes!

ribboy

November 13th, 2011
1:44 pm

Wallace Bar-B-Que in Austell – best Bar-B-Que anywhere – period

Steve

November 13th, 2011
2:52 pm

“The Oint Joint” in Zebulon, Pike County, definitely. Its worth the drive if you don’t live nearby!.

Leadfoot

November 13th, 2011
3:19 pm

Grand Champion BBQ rocks!!!

BAYOUWOMAN

November 13th, 2011
6:27 pm

JJ’S RIB SHACK- CAMPBELLTON ROAD.

Jen O

November 13th, 2011
10:35 pm

Hottie Hawgs, NW Atlanta

Jen

November 14th, 2011
12:14 am

Grab your napkins because it’s Grand Champion all the way!!! Gotta have something to get that pork goodness off your chin.

Bill

November 14th, 2011
12:18 am

BBQ does equal pork, but more specifically, pork ribs. BBQ = pork ribs. Cue is not stew or slaw or tater salad or nanner puddin. BBQ is pork ribs.

SAWB

November 14th, 2011
1:26 am

When can we vote for best Hush Puppies? At one time they were pretty common, but now I can’t seem to find a decent batch anywhere.

sr citizen dawg

November 14th, 2011
11:39 am

Deans Barbecue in Jonesboro Ga. (Recent addition to their menu)i

pig out

November 14th, 2011
11:41 am

Shanes bbq in McDonough ga.