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Best brisket

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Fox Bros. brisket is your pick for the best in and around Atlanta. Here, it’s pictured with Texas toast and sides of mac and cheese and green beans. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

YOUR PICKS
1. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
You say, “For brisket, you have to trust the Texas boys at Fox Bros. They smoke WHOLE briskets with the flat AND the POINT, giving it the higher fat content that is the benchmark of true Texas brisket. If you don’t like brisket with the point, then hang out at the assortment of OTP places mentioned that only smoke the flat. Admittedly, places like Dave Poe’s do better with pulled pork, but Fox Bros dominates in the ‘cue of their home state.”

2. Grand Champion BBQ
3. Heirloom Market BBQ
4. Community Q
5. Sam’s BBQ1

The sampler platter at Grand Champion includes pork, chicken and our pick for the best brisket in and around Atlanta. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

The sampler platter at Grand Champion includes pork, chicken and our pick for the best brisket in and around Atlanta. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

OUR PICKS
1. Grand Champion BBQ
The AJC dining team’s Popular Eats specialist Jon Watson says, “When ordering the brisket at Grand Champion BBQ in Roswell, take the opportunity to order either the lean or fattier moist cut, depending on your preference. Whichever you prefer, the brisket at this relative newcomer to the Atlanta barbecue scene arrives packed with flavor from their dry rub and a heavy dose of smoke.”

2. Big Shanty Smokehouse
3. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
4. Heirloom Market BBQ
5. Community Q

219 comments Add your comment

sdff

May 15th, 2012
7:21 am

Fox Bros BBQ all the way. No doubt about it.
tsfl

mmcsrcwnc

May 15th, 2012
7:28 am

Fox Bros BBQ. The ‘burger’ is the best!

Mike C.

May 15th, 2012
7:31 am

Grand Champion in Marietta/Roswell. No question. I’ve had bbq all over Texas, and I’ll put their brisket up against anyone, anywhere. It is the best. And on Fridays they have short ribs, which is essentially brisket on the bone. Best ever!!

Dawgs of Anarchy

May 15th, 2012
7:34 am

Macs on South Blvd in Charlotte, NC blows anything in Atlanta out the window. Even the KC Q people said nothing in Missouri compares. You want REAL BBQ, come up to the Carolinas.

Marsh

May 15th, 2012
7:37 am

Smokin’ Gold in Dahlonega.

Judging from the traffic on 400, this qualifies as “metro” Atlanta, right?

Brigette

May 15th, 2012
7:44 am

Ari Levine

May 15th, 2012
8:06 am

Not enough good jewish restaurants downhere. Nathan, what kind of “high quality beef” do they use @ Fox? Do you know what part of body it comes from?

Jim

May 15th, 2012
8:06 am

Fox Brothers or Community Q. They are both really good.

mugglemikki

May 15th, 2012
8:22 am

Fat ‘n’ Greazy on Memorial Drive! It melts in your mouth!

koko

May 15th, 2012
8:24 am

Mo

May 15th, 2012
8:32 am

I like Hambones in Hapeville. They have a pretty good brisket sandwich. I like Firehouse’s as well. But my dad makes the best brisket in town. No sauce needed. Just a bun. The rub he uses is DELICIOUS!!!

Mo

May 15th, 2012
8:33 am

After reading the comments, I might need to try Fox Bros BBQ.

Mark

May 15th, 2012
8:45 am

Lockhart, Texas. Period.

keith

May 15th, 2012
8:49 am

Smokin Gold Dahlonega

Mary B

May 15th, 2012
8:49 am

Licking my Lips

May 15th, 2012
8:50 am

Jim & Nicks on S. Cobb and the brisket salad with the bar-b-que salad dressing is off the chain!

Bhorsoft

May 15th, 2012
8:55 am

I agree there is no great brisket in Atlanta; you either have to go to Texas for the BBQ kind or NYC for the deli kind. Of Atlanta brisket, the best I’ve had is at Bubba-Que in Woodstock and Jasper.

Dia

May 15th, 2012
9:05 am

Rooster’s!

SCOOTERTOM69

May 15th, 2012
9:09 am

Hottie Hawgs has great brisket, slow cooked for 18 – 20 hrs.
I still don’t know why so many people think Jim & Nick’s is good BBQ.
That place is just awful.

Vino Lover

May 15th, 2012
9:14 am

The new place in Roswell, Grand Champion BBQ! There BBQ is the best around. I can’t decide which is better, the ribs or brisket…but their brisket is better than any other BBQ place in the area!!!!!!

Hans

May 15th, 2012
9:21 am

Burnt Fork in Decatur – delicioius.

Becky

May 15th, 2012
9:22 am

Old South BBQ and Jim & Nicks..

@JROD..The BBQ at Hottie Hawgs is really good, but the sides and service are crappy..

kenny

May 15th, 2012
9:27 am

The Brickery in Sandy Springs

Rick

May 15th, 2012
9:34 am

Dave Poe’s on Dallas Hwy, especially since BBQ1 lost their mojo.

Fred ™

May 15th, 2012
9:34 am

Damn. That stupid tart Stephanie forgot to post her address and phone number. I was gonna head to her house for some of her “brisket.”

While I have no one to nominate (I’m a Southern boy, I get the pork or ribs when I get BBQ), it’s great to read this and here about new places. Like Grand Champion BBQ. Never heard of it before but for a place that’s been open less than a year it sure is getting the nod and good write ups from folks, so I’ll have to try them.

Of course that doesn’t always work, Eagles Landing was recommended for Cajun food and that was the worst pretend cajun garbage I ever put in my mouth…………….

Doug

May 15th, 2012
9:40 am

I make it Texas-style – 6~8 hours over an indirect fire where it cooks via warm-hot (250~300 fahrenheit) mesquite smoke – just like Sonny Bryan taught me. Serve it every year at Passover and I make sure there’s plenty for seconds!

bphilb

May 15th, 2012
9:52 am

Heirloom is the best for smoked – Nuevo Laredo is just the best. I love that hint of vinegar.

Tech Guy

May 15th, 2012
10:08 am

Everbody knows Sonny’s is the best!

c

May 15th, 2012
10:08 am

Fox Brothers. Hands down

Fire PIO

May 15th, 2012
10:26 am

Robby Kennedy with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services makes an awesome Brisket!

JB

May 15th, 2012
10:30 am

Good opportunity for some good BBQ place to open in Augusta. If anybody that owns one on these places wants to expand, look to Augusta. Georgia’s second largest city and the 3-4 places here, most dogs wouldn’t eat it. HELP !!!!!!!!

Da Clueman

May 15th, 2012
10:31 am

There is only one place and that is Harold’s with real coldslaw and cracklin cornbread.

JB

May 15th, 2012
10:32 am

Tech Guy………………..you are kidding?

JB

May 15th, 2012
10:33 am

But I will say, if Sonny’s was in Augusta, they would win”best of” every year……That’s how BBQless we are here.

sp

May 15th, 2012
10:36 am

Tech guy must by kidding – HANDS DOWN it’s Stephanie’s house.

Gosh – why hasn’t anybody mentioned Shane’s Rib Shack?

JB

May 15th, 2012
10:36 am

We do have a Shane’s that opened in Augusta about two years ago. Everyone here calls them ’shames”….because it is one. The only thing worth eating there is the peach cobbler. That’s a shame LOL

Smarty

May 15th, 2012
10:42 am

Heirloom has the best for BBQ Brisket. Neuvo Laredo for the Latino Brisket.

Sandy

May 15th, 2012
10:44 am

Lex

May 15th, 2012
10:44 am

Fox Bros BBQ hands down!!!!

Paul

May 15th, 2012
10:45 am

Sam’s BBQ 1 hands down has the best brisket.

hannah

May 15th, 2012
10:47 am

Nuevo Laredo’s is THE BEST!

JB

May 15th, 2012
10:48 am

Columbia County is the Alpharetta of Augusta. They have 3 BBQ places.
1. Shanes…..Need I say more
2. Mot’s.. No flavor. Tasteless. Empty calories. The bun is the highlight of the sandwich.
3. Edmunds…..Canned is better from the grocery store…

HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!

Glass

May 15th, 2012
10:52 am

I have only tried one brisket so far in Atlanta and it was D.B.A. and its a very good Brisket….you have to know how to smoke a brisket just right, that is why I do not try every brisket…but I will be trying Fox Bros. and Community BBQ

Scott

May 15th, 2012
10:53 am

Sam’s BBQ 1 – East Cobb

Ira

May 15th, 2012
10:58 am

Pit Boss in Hapeville! Best in outside of Texas!

Susan

May 15th, 2012
11:00 am

J.D.’s Barbeque, Acworth and Woodstock. Great beef brisket!

bbq nut

May 15th, 2012
11:06 am

Papa Bucks BBQ has the best brisket in the state if your traveling down I-16 stop in Metter GA, their brisket is mouth watering and it also got them named to the best of the best bbq joints in the nation. Something you city slickers

bbq nut

May 15th, 2012
11:08 am

Papa Bucks BBQ has the best brisket in the state if your traveling down I-16 stop in Metter GA, their brisket is mouth watering and it also got them named to the best of the best bbq joints in the nation. Something Jim n Nicks or Fox brothers can say, so all you city slickers taking a trip down to the coast stop and be amazed.

DrHurstman

May 15th, 2012
11:14 am

@ Jenn in Kennesaw: I fully concur…! I’ve now had Nick & Jim’s Brisket at two locations and have been blown away at how good it is – and how close to TX ‘beef BBQ’ it is. Having traveled a lot I have been of the opinion that most GA BBQ places are ‘pretenders’ as compared to AL, TN, NC, TX and KS. However, there is one ‘hole-in-the-wall’ place in North Fayette Country in a Chevron Service station on Hwy 92 near Milam Rd, where “UNCLE FRANK’S Brisket is AWESOME…!!! His Pork is ‘good’… but his Brisket is exceptional!

Bob Hintz

May 15th, 2012
11:15 am

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