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Best brisket

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

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

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

Dirty Dawg

May 15th, 2012
6:55 pm

I’ve done Fox Bros, BBQ 1 in Marietta and Community BBQ on Clairemont (virtually the same as BBQ1), but for my money none are better than Pig & Chick (I do the one on Briarcliff). Now if you’re telling me that Old South in Smyrna is now doing brisket (it’s been a while since I’ve been out that way) I’ll have to give it a try since OS remains my favorite BBQ joint.


May 15th, 2012
6:58 pm


May 15th, 2012
7:06 pm

Moonie’s in Flowery Branch, by a mile!! Done Texas style, by a Texas boy, served Texas style! NOTHING comes close. End of story.


May 15th, 2012
7:31 pm

Firehouse subs? Are you kidding me? It was so bad I sent them an email to complain. It was chopped beef and it was so small I could not see the meat without opening up the bun. Really bad.


May 15th, 2012
7:31 pm

Cafe Sababa in Dunwoody has the best and most unusual Moroccan-style brisket recipe.

Hot Nutz

May 15th, 2012
7:38 pm

Community BBQ & Fox Bros are the best you’ll find outside the great state of Texas.


May 15th, 2012
7:39 pm

Lewis Grizzard said it best: “If it ain’t pork, it aint BBQ”.


May 15th, 2012
7:49 pm

Grand Champion BBQ in Roswell serves the best brisket in the South! I have tried Texas brisket and it did not hold a candle to the perfect creation that GCBBQ produces. Their brisket is presented with the perfect bark and it is buttery smooth and tender. It would be a sin to sauce this properly smoked meat with its unique rub created just for this beef. It is also delicious in their brunswick stew and in their unique Chipoltle baked beans. Grand Champion puts its own magical twist into each creation! I have found none better !


May 15th, 2012
8:09 pm

I love Pig n Chik best for pulled pork; but I when I want Beef, it means a drive from Dunwoody to Little Five Points to get beef brisket from Fox Brothers.

Porked Out on Zeigler's

May 15th, 2012
8:11 pm

Zeigler’s BBQ & Catering is one of my favorites in north Cobb. Besides the best brisket I’ve had in Atlanta, their pulled pork, Brunswick stew are great too. Cover them with Zeigler’s own Apple Bourbon bbq sauce and you’re doing about as good as you could hope for…..3451 Cobb Parkway • Acworth, GA


May 15th, 2012
8:28 pm

Smokin’ Gold BBQ in Dahlonega and the owner, Dan Dieterle, has the awards to prove it. Best beef brisket, hands down!


May 15th, 2012
8:29 pm

Texas Kin

May 15th, 2012
8:32 pm

Sorry folks… best place to get BBQ Brisket has to be TEXAS! Too many BBQ joints to pick just one. BTW, If you ask for BBQ in Texas, you’ll get beef – not pork.


May 15th, 2012
8:45 pm

Community BBQ in Decatur has some great brisket!!


May 15th, 2012
8:49 pm


South Fulton Guy

May 15th, 2012
8:50 pm

Fox Brothers

Mister Pants

May 15th, 2012
9:08 pm

Texas kin, Delta’s ready when you are.

Fat boy

May 15th, 2012
9:23 pm

No doubt, without hesitation, cannot be denied, Wesley Paulk knows brisket!…..and chicken!

Alternate option

May 15th, 2012
9:23 pm

I prefer to leave the brisket on the cow where it was intended to stay. Plenty of wonderful alternatives from the plant kingdom to satisfy one’s hunger and nutritional requirements. Go Veg.


May 15th, 2012
9:32 pm

Cafe Sababa brisket on Friday and Saturday nights…it is the best!

David Demko

May 15th, 2012
9:34 pm

The Moroccan style beef brisket at Cafe Sababa is outstanding.

Dan Wilson

May 15th, 2012
10:24 pm

Hole in the wall but it’s called Heirloom Market BBQ near the Hooch, Ray’s on the River area. Best brisket I’ve tasted outside of Texas.

Tom Hart

May 15th, 2012
10:27 pm

Hands down it’s Sam’s BBQ1 on Lower Roswell Road. Will flat out make a tadpole slap a whale! Never tried this Heirloom place that so many are mentioning but may just have to give it a nibble.


May 16th, 2012
8:21 am

Grand Champion BBQ in Roswell. They come from a great pedigree having worked with all the other top BBQ players in the area. They’ve tweeked their recipes giving respect to where they came from and now have made them their own. THE best dry rub on any brisket!!


May 16th, 2012
9:45 am

Cafe Sababa’s Moroccan Restaurant is the best yet. Either Moroccan-style Beef Brisket or BBQ. very tender and delicious


May 16th, 2012
10:08 am

Cafe Sababa’s Moroccan-style Beef Brisket is amazing. Just the right mix of flavors and so tender!


May 16th, 2012
10:43 am

Grand Champion BBQ has the best beef brisket I have ever tasted! Tender, tasty – never dry. The absolute best!

Miss El

May 16th, 2012
12:03 pm

Love Grand Champion BBQ’s beef brisket! Awesome!

Ronald Berner

May 16th, 2012
12:18 pm

BBQ One is the best I have had outside of Tejas.

Erica Johnson

May 16th, 2012
12:22 pm

The brisket at Heirloom BBQ near the Galleria is amazing! Great sauces! I can’t wait to go back. The brisket was perfect. Nice smoke ring, strong smoke flavor, yet not overpowering. The meat was perfectly cooked, easy to eat with a fork, but not over cooked. The rub used on the brisket wasn’t overpowering, you knew that it was there but it didn’t get in the way of savoring the meat. God I love this place!

Paul Hewitt

May 16th, 2012
12:26 pm

I would have to go with Sonny’s or Picadilly, both have nice briskets.

Pam Anderson

May 16th, 2012
12:29 pm

Simple answer – don’ t eat meat.

One Danish study stated that “[m]en peddling on a stationary bicycle until muscle failure lasted an average of 114 minutes on a mixed meat and vegetable diet, 57 minutes on a high-meat diet, and a whopping 167 minutes on a strict vegetarian diet.” Many of the world’s top athletes are meat-free, including Sports Illustrated “Olympian of the Century” Carl Lewis, top ultra-marathon runner Scott Jurek, tennis legend Chris Evert, football star Ricky Williams, baseball slugger Prince Fielder, boxing champion Keith Holmes, and NBA standouts Raja Bell and Salim Stoudamire.

Pam Anderson

May 16th, 2012
12:30 pm

Oh, and one more thing:
Eating a meat-laden diet greatly increases the amount of synthetic hormones that your body takes in. These hormones may contribute to a reduced sperm count and an increased risk of testicular tumors.


May 16th, 2012
12:37 pm

Get out of here with that PETA propaganda!

As far as I’m concerned its:

I Didn’t Climb to the Top of the Food Chain to Become a Vegetarian


May 16th, 2012
12:38 pm

1. BBQ1 2. Heirloom 3. Grand Champion 4. Community Q 5. Daddy Zs


May 16th, 2012
12:39 pm

Yup, Euclid Ave Yacht Club in Little 5 Points…we first got taken there when I arrive in ATL back in 2006, it still reigns supreme. Totally memorable!

Blake Coram

May 16th, 2012
12:50 pm

I never did like Swallow in the Hollow.

I recently tried GC BBQ and I must admit it was quite tasty, almost as good as BBQ 1.

Ron Dover

May 16th, 2012
1:51 pm

Franklin Barbecue in Austin, TX serves up the best brisket known to man.

In the ATL, the best I have had is at Sam’s BBQ in Marietta – very lean, tender and tasty. Visible ’smoke ring’. It almost was like roast beef to me. KC sauce there is outstanding.

John Kessler

May 16th, 2012
2:07 pm

Besides Stephanie’s homemade brisket, I would have to give the nod to Heirloom BBQ, topped with either their Korean or Hotlanta sauce with a side of Tempura Sweet Potatoes! Mmm, mmm good!

Dan Patrick

May 16th, 2012
3:03 pm

1. Slope’s
2. Community Q
3. Swallow

Pam McKesson

May 16th, 2012
3:11 pm

I still have dreams about the brisket I had at Heirloom Market – SOOOOO good!

Jay in Acworth

May 16th, 2012
3:28 pm

Mayor Jere Wood

May 16th, 2012
3:45 pm

The Roswell FD cooking team cooks up some of the best brisket I had, delicious meal at the Roswell Relay for Life!

Lot of good ones, mainly in Roswell, Alpharetta & E. Cobb

P Stark

May 16th, 2012
5:08 pm

All the way Grand Champion BBQ. They’re new, but have totally blown our neighborhood out of the water with their TOP QUALITY BBQ! Come OTP and try them out, you’ll be glad you did! Great pies, too.


May 16th, 2012
11:07 pm

Airloom Market BBQ is all the way TURNT UP!

Coona Tuta Solo

May 16th, 2012
11:16 pm

Dreamland in Roswell – ain’t nothin’ like ‘em nowhere!

Michael Collins

May 16th, 2012
11:27 pm

Johnny’s BBQ in Gainesville, GA just off the Cleveland Hwy.

Atlanta is full of a bunch of Yankees that know nothing about BBQ!

Pinky Tuskadero

May 16th, 2012
11:36 pm

‘Cue Barbecue is decent.

Barbeque Queen

May 17th, 2012
12:01 am

The brisket at Grand Champion BBQ is without a doubt the best I have ever had. I have always been a barbecue fan of Fox Bros. and BBQ1 but when I recently tried the brisked at Grand Champion BBQ I couldn’t go back to the other places. It is beyond tasty and smoked to perfection. Grand Champion BBQ is the best.


May 17th, 2012
8:41 am

Grand Champion BBQ; the BEST!