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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

Charles Harris

May 14th, 2012
12:02 pm

Fox Brothers BBQ has the best brisket in town. Sliced or chopped, it’s incredibly good.

B

May 14th, 2012
1:01 pm

Brisket Boy

May 14th, 2012
1:05 pm

Daddy D’z makes me happy.

Cammi317

May 14th, 2012
1:08 pm

As far as I am concerned, Firehouse Sub’s Smokehouse Beef & Cheddar Brisket is the best I have ever tasted from anywhere!

Average Joe

May 14th, 2012
1:24 pm

Nathan

May 14th, 2012
1:45 pm

Grand Champion BBQ in Roswell/East Cobb. NO DAMN DOUBT ABOUT IT!!!! Seriously, their brisket rivals their award-winning ribs. They use extremely high-quality beef and smoke it to perfection. Just as important is the fact that Gregory and Robert usually slice the meat themselves, and they can tailor the cut to the diner’s preference.

GaPeachy

May 14th, 2012
1:52 pm

Ok so its not a bbq joint but I had the best, most tender brisket I ever had in my life at at the Whole Foods on Ponce. Great smokey flavor and very moist.

The Walrus

May 14th, 2012
1:54 pm

OTP: Mad Dog BBQ in Conyers (so damn good).

ITP: Fox Brothers BBQ

dorae

May 14th, 2012
2:19 pm

euclid ave yacht club

Stephanie

May 14th, 2012
2:25 pm

My own kitchen. My hubby tells me I make the best brisket he’s ever had.

Fire Frank Wren

May 14th, 2012
2:41 pm

Nuevo Laredo

Fire Frank Wren

May 14th, 2012
2:41 pm

Nuevo Laredo

Brian

May 14th, 2012
2:43 pm

Love Heirloom, but I’ve got to agree with Nathan on this one. GC BBQ in Roswell is the best brisket in the city. It’s extremely tender and perfectly moist, not dried out at all.

I know the comments are about to fill up with employees of Fox Brothers and Fat Matt’s so I’m glad I was able to vote before everybody gets drowned out by pseudo-pollsters

Edward

May 14th, 2012
2:55 pm

Why thank you, Stephanie. I’m gathering up the tour buses full of people to come get some of your brisket since you’re so graciously offering it up as the best.

The best brisket in town (this is Atlanta, right?) that I’ve had is a toss up between Fox Bros. and One Star Ranch in Buckhead.

Mister Pants

May 14th, 2012
3:05 pm

Shut it Stephanie. Your husband is either lying to you or you don’t get out much.

Sluggo

May 14th, 2012
3:10 pm

@Edward

At least Stephanie did not use the nauseating words “Hands down”.

Mr. Lane

May 14th, 2012
3:12 pm

Papa Bucks Metter, Ga hands down!!!

Typical Redneck

May 14th, 2012
3:13 pm

I find it funny Edward always gets so mad when someone says their house. Anyway, there is no great brisket in Atlanta, only serviceable.

Nathan

May 14th, 2012
3:13 pm

Brian, thanks for the vote of confidence. I should probably elaborate a little more on why I think GC has the better brisket. Fox Bros BBQ does truly wonderful things with beef, but I often find their cuts to be indiscriminate. It’s one thing to get a lot of fat if you really want it (I do like a little of the point in mine), but it’s another to be served up something that is very inconsistent in quality.

That’s the problem with Fox Bros, IMO. When they are on, they are ON. But unfortunately, that’s not always the case, especially when it comes to the brisket. I think it’s pretty amazing within the context of the Fox Bros Burger, which is amazing. But when served by itself, then I can help but occassionally find fault with the brisket.

ERC

May 14th, 2012
3:15 pm

Community Q BBQ — delish! Their brisket is tender and has a great smoky taste.

RK

May 14th, 2012
3:29 pm

Jenn in Kennesaw

May 14th, 2012
3:37 pm

Jim & Nick’s in Dallas, GA – all their BBQ is good. But their brisket makes me VERY happy….Being from Texas I am a bit of a Brisket snob. So i consider theirs as close to home as i am gonna get, in a good way!!!

Leslie

May 14th, 2012
3:46 pm

Grand Champion BBQ in Roswell/Marietta for brisket! I agree with Nathan. It’s the leanest, best quality, most consistent HANDS DOWN. And smoky, of course. For the plate, they slice it expertly, giving you some of the best of all of it. No need to chop it into mincemeat if it’s this good a quality – their sandwiches are SLICED and naked. Good quality meat is what Atlanta needs, and it’s got it at GC BBQ. Hint, hint, Fox Bros., you guys are good, but 30-40% of your sandwich is inedible gobs of fat.

NeNe

May 14th, 2012
4:05 pm

Andersons’s on Memorial drive and be sure to get a pig ear sandwich too.

Mister Pants

May 14th, 2012
4:24 pm

Isn’t Anderson’s closed?

Ray From NY

May 14th, 2012
6:12 pm

I second the vote for Bub Ba Q, I have visited their store in Woodstock and the brisket is the most moist I have ever tasted. A good test is when I buy a lb of meat and 2-3 days later it is still tender and moist. This place goes to a lot of BBQ contests and seems to win for ribs and brisket often.

I wonder if anyone knows the origin of hands down, it stems from a jockey that won the race not needing to use the whip, hence hands down. Thats todays lesson. Cheers!

JROD

May 14th, 2012
6:53 pm

That would be Hottie Hawgs BBQ! The owner is from Texas where they know how to cook it right. They won 1st place Best Brisket at the 2011 Atlanta BBQ Festival.

Steve

May 14th, 2012
8:01 pm

Fox Bros is the best I’ve had (brisket). Absolutely delicious.

Heather Kay

May 14th, 2012
8:18 pm

Greg Hinckley

May 14th, 2012
8:29 pm

Sams BBQ 1 – East Cobb.

Greg Hinckley

May 14th, 2012
8:29 pm

Sams BBQ 1 – East Cobb.

J

May 14th, 2012
8:35 pm

Just tried Heirloom this weekend….great brisket!

Rich

May 14th, 2012
8:49 pm

Fox Bros. – and I’m not an employee, just a happy customer.

Sure do miss Rollin’ Bones though.

Peggy

May 14th, 2012
9:05 pm

Lunch on Main Street in College Park has great brisket. Beer braised!

Kim

May 14th, 2012
9:39 pm

Pit Boss BBQ on the curve in Hapeville. Can’t beat it … get there early or it will have walked without you!

Lisa

May 14th, 2012
9:59 pm

Community Q! Best brisket – hands down!

AOE

May 14th, 2012
10:35 pm

Grand Champion BBQ!!! The best brisket East of Texas. Sliced, like it should be & your choice of lean or fatty. Yum!!! Word of advice, mix it with the Mac n’ cheese. OMG!

J

May 14th, 2012
10:44 pm

Mad dogs in conyers

greg

May 14th, 2012
10:50 pm

DBA BBQ on North Highland has the best brisket! It is so soft and flavorful. You must have it to see for yourself.

Doug

May 14th, 2012
11:48 pm

Texas Brisket at the Oink Joint in Zebulon for starters topped by a Brisket Taco.

jimbob

May 15th, 2012
12:20 am

Cafe Sababa’s Moroccan brisket is excellent.

Jadzia

May 15th, 2012
1:33 am

Once you try it you too will say “without a doubt” the beef brisket at Heirloom Market BBQ. I ask for it “with a little fat.” No need for sauce. It is the only place outside of Texas where I have found beef brisket that is well smoked and tender – not an easy feat. All their other stuff is very good, but I always ask for the beef brisket, sliced, with a little fat because I know I can’t get it anywhere else in Atlanta. I too love Fox Bros. menu. But when it comes to brisket, I rush to Heirloom.

Smitty

May 15th, 2012
2:10 am

Cafe Pig in Peachtree City. AWESOME!!!

rcsteiner

May 15th, 2012
2:33 am

I would say Fox Bros as well. I love Daddy Dz, but not for their brisket. Now, their pulled pork… :-)

iRun

May 15th, 2012
5:28 am

I have to say Fox Bros, but I haven’t had brisket all that often. Every time I’ve had it, they’ve been on, as someone else described it. Must be my luck.

Original Texan

May 15th, 2012
6:21 am

Only a Texan can tell you about sliced beef brisket.
The only place in Atlanta to go is Dickies in Milton.

Eric

May 15th, 2012
6:31 am

Williamson Brothers….hahahahaha. Just kidding.

Heirloom and BBQ1 are both pretty awesome – I’d say it’s a toss-up

Zippy

May 15th, 2012
6:51 am

Sorry Greg but Sams BBQ-1 has gone way down hill. Their briskett use to win awards from all over the South. Now it’s just average at best. I think maybe opening the restraunt has really hurt their quality. Heirloom is AMAZING!

Carmela

May 15th, 2012
7:07 am

If it is beef brisket you want, tender and juicy and full of flavor – I suggest trying Cafe Sababa’s Meditrrean Grill on Shallowford Road Brisket! Your mouth witll water

Patrick

May 15th, 2012
7:16 am

Sam’s BBQ 1 in East Cobb. Best brisket, hands down.

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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Bob Hintz

May 15th, 2012
11:17 am

Dave Poe’s is ahead of the rest. Consistently excellent!

C from Marietta

May 15th, 2012
11:19 am

Dave Poe’s BBQ on Whitlock is the best resturant brisket.
BUT I am going to try me some Fox Bros BBQ!

Please folks don’t waste our time by saying “my kitchen”.

Canedawd

May 15th, 2012
11:19 am

Big Shanty BBQ in Kennesaw is the best ever

Andy

May 15th, 2012
11:25 am

JDs BBQ in Woodstock!

Junior Samples

May 15th, 2012
11:26 am

Ordinarily I’m a fan of Fox Brothers, but the brisket at Two Urban Licks is outstanding. Not sliced, just a big slab on the plate.

R2D2

May 15th, 2012
11:32 am

Just tried the sliced Brisket at Sonny’s and it was as good as the one I had at Salt Lick’s in Texas last month. Normally I don’t eat Brisket as it tends to be fatty put this was tastey and tender.

Hans

May 15th, 2012
11:34 am

The best brisket is anywhere BUT Fox Bros.

Ima Glutton

May 15th, 2012
11:43 am

@Fred

Get OTP Fred! Grand Champion is worth the short drive to Rosietta (Marietta and Roswell meeting at Shallowford n Johnson Ferry)
They use a dry rub, and honestly it’s better that way. Their sauces could use some help

GadgetGeek

May 15th, 2012
11:48 am

My vote goes to Fox Bros. though I think BBQ1 is very good. Just please, please don’t put the words Fat Matts anywhere near anything about BBQ, it just ain’t..

You want the absolute best brisket go to a nationally sanctioned BBQ event (MIM, KCBS) etc. and get a chunk of something that any of the winners produce, it will be your gold-standard from then on.

…..

Donna

May 15th, 2012
11:54 am

Mike

May 15th, 2012
11:58 am

Smokin’ Gold just off the square in Dahlonega has the best brisket I’ve EVER had. It’s so tender that it cuts easily with a fork. Flavor like I’ve not tasted anywhere else. LOVE IT!!!

PKT Ed

May 15th, 2012
12:00 pm

Best brisket ever is no brisket. I don’t even have to try it to know.

Lewis Grizzard

May 15th, 2012
1:40 pm

For me, the choice is easy – either BBQ1 or Heirloom Market BBQ are far & away the best!

Tom Landry

May 15th, 2012
1:44 pm

I know Texas BBQ, and the only place in the Metro-burbs that has brisket which compares to the Lone Star State quality is Sam’s BBQ 1 on Lower Roswell Road in East Cobb. So tender you can cut it with a plastic fork. Whoever said Sonny’s should be shot! BBQ 1 is the real deal!

Rob

May 15th, 2012
1:51 pm

Here’s a Google map with the most popular locations in this blog shown.

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=209748598476158564487.0004c014750a4a09d8af8&msa=0

Sonny

May 15th, 2012
1:52 pm

Sonny’s! If we opened in TX we would dominate!

Pam Roe

May 15th, 2012
2:09 pm

Grand Champion BBQ

Nom Nom

May 15th, 2012
2:15 pm

100% Grand Champion BBQ. It has the perfect amount of smoke every time and they slice it to order for you…as fatty or skinny as you like it!

G

May 15th, 2012
3:12 pm

I’ve eaten at all of the top BBQ restaurants in town, and Grand Champion BBQ definitely has the best brisket. Their ribs and mac and cheese are also incredible.

Amanda

May 15th, 2012
3:27 pm

FOX BROTHERS!!!

phey

May 15th, 2012
3:30 pm

the Yacht Club in L5P absolutely has the best brisket, and their pulled pork is pretty rockin, too. love that joint.

Karen

May 15th, 2012
4:21 pm

Fox Brothers!

BFellows

May 15th, 2012
4:21 pm

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.

Jim

May 15th, 2012
4:23 pm

Fox Bro. All else is either beef jerky or beef stew!

Kyle

May 15th, 2012
4:34 pm

Matthews Cafeteria Tucker, GA If you’ve never tried it, you dont know what youre missing and Ive tried a lot of different brisquet. Its only served every other Tuesday so call ahead and ask. If its not brisquet Tues. it will be corned beef.

Puggie Mama

May 15th, 2012
4:34 pm

Two Urban Lick’s when it is on the menu.
Jim n Nick’s – Smyrna, anytime.

Eastern NC

May 15th, 2012
4:43 pm

Heirloom Market is my fav. BBQ1 second and real close. But being from Eastern NC, I’m partial to pig.

rick

May 15th, 2012
4:44 pm

Brisket??? Get a pulled pork BBQ sandwich at Fresh Air in Jackson. That’s real eating!

Stevemwt

May 15th, 2012
4:45 pm

Interesting comments about GC BBQ in Roswell. One of the owners at GC previously worked for Sam’s BBQ1 and interesting how the GC BBQ and sides (see macaroni) are so similar to Sam’s. Would not step foot in that joint after what he pulled (and it wasn’t just pork) on Sam. Just say’in…….

Sonny

May 15th, 2012
4:47 pm

4th and Swift

Rick

May 15th, 2012
4:52 pm

Community Q BBQ (but their beef rib is even better)

Paul

May 15th, 2012
4:58 pm

GC-BBQ. Having sampled Texas beef brisket numerous times, I can say without hesitation that GC has every Texas joint beat. I have had not had any so moist and flavorful anywhere else in Alanta either. If you’re a brisket lover you owe it to yourself to try Grand Champion.

Toby Miller

May 15th, 2012
5:03 pm

Best brisket in in the ATL? Have not found it. Everyone cuts off all the fat and therfore cuts off all the flavor. Brisket is to be cooked low and slow with the fat on and when you slice to serve you leave some of the fat on.

Try Salt Lick BBQ in Texas for the best brisket and BBQ anywhere.

Ty

May 15th, 2012
5:05 pm

Grand Champion BBQ

Chris

May 15th, 2012
5:06 pm

If you are ever headed to Savannah, stop by Papa Buck’s in Metter just off I-16. Some of the best barbeque and brisket around.

Alpha23

May 15th, 2012
5:17 pm

J.D.’s BarBQ in Acworth! This location hasn’t been opened long, but that ole North Carolina boy knows his brisket!!

Nathan

May 15th, 2012
5:20 pm

The Sam & Dave’s Mac ‘n Cheese recipe was actually originated by Dave Roberts. It is the basis for the Mac ‘n Cheese at Sam’s #1, Dave Poe’s, Community Q, and G.C. BBQ.

kennethc

May 15th, 2012
5:25 pm

MATTHEWS THE BOMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mitch

May 15th, 2012
5:38 pm

Burnt Fork….love the burnt ends!!

Mike.Stott

May 15th, 2012
5:46 pm

As a Hawaii Boy – all this barbecue talk was new to me when we moved here 5 years ago. Have tried maybe 25 different places over that time and love GC Barbecue in Roswell. Smokie, flavorful, and great quality. I eat there once a week and order the brisket every time! Do yourself a favor and try them out.

Horsetoothedjackass

May 15th, 2012
5:50 pm

Without a doubt, Fox Brothers. If anyone is going to know how to do brisket right, two brothers from Texas would.

Unlike other states, we really don’t have a “Georgia” style BBQ since Atlanta has been a longtime transportation hub, the various styles pop up everywhere in Georgia. Here pork is still king when it comes to BBQ, and it used to be that any place that did brisket did a sorry job of doing so and it was more like a roast that got put in the smoker for a few hours after cooking in the over and gave brisket a bit of a bad rep. The first really good brisket I ever had was at (of all places), a chain BBQ place about 8 years ago. Then when Fox Brothers opened several years back, I truly discovered what brisket is all about. I’ve tried it at other places since then, and nobody has come close.

Claucworc

May 15th, 2012
6:07 pm

Ive had Grand Champion, Fox Bros, and Roys in Stone Mountain. I think Roys had the best of all of them, but the ribs are so good at Heirloom, I cant help but think the brisket will be off the charts as well when I try it next itme.

Woodman

May 15th, 2012
6:09 pm

Ive had brisket lots of places in the south including joints in Texas. You’ll be hard pressed to find better brisket than what you get at G.C. bbq in east cobb.

William

May 15th, 2012
6:16 pm

One Star Ranch is great. Had heirloom’s brisket today and thought it was too tough.

RaleighDawg

May 15th, 2012
6:17 pm

No such thing as ‘good’ brisket in Georgia. If you’re ever in San Angelo, Texas you gotta try PaddleSack….and outside of Austin, Texas is Salt Lick…if only you could email brisket !!

RaleighDawg

May 15th, 2012
6:20 pm

Sorry – a little dyslexic today *smile*….I meant SaddlePack in San Angelo !!

MTOSAV

May 15th, 2012
6:31 pm

GC BBQ! Having sampled just about everything on the menu, their brisket has always stood out. I appreciated that they asked me if I wanted a lean or fatty cut! I’ve tried the others, and they’re good, but just not good enough to be the best!

Vince

May 15th, 2012
6:36 pm

fox bros, Fox Bros, FOX BROS!

Corry

May 15th, 2012
6:49 pm

Jim N Nicks in Smyrna!

Kristine

May 15th, 2012
6:53 pm

GrandChampion BBQ has the best brisket I’ve ever had in my life, and I’m not particularly young!

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.

snb

May 15th, 2012
6:58 pm

hogmtndawg

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.

DB

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.

DunwoodyFoodie

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.

luckysnap

May 15th, 2012
7:39 pm

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

Barb

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 !

Bill

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

T$

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!

T$

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.

JaimeJ

May 15th, 2012
8:45 pm

Community BBQ in Decatur has some great brisket!!

J AND A

May 15th, 2012
8:49 pm

Burnt Fork BBQ IN DOWN TOWN DECATUR GA!!

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.

Bblahb

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. http://www.cafesababa.net

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.

MLPSATL

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!!

Bjwilly

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

Michele

May 16th, 2012
10:08 am

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

Beth

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.

Carnivore

May 16th, 2012
12:37 pm

Get out of here with that PETA propaganda!

As far as I’m concerned its:
People
Eating
Tasty
Animals

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

Carnivore

May 16th, 2012
12:38 pm

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

jjtine

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.

KVD

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.

Lizzy

May 17th, 2012
8:41 am

Grand Champion BBQ; the BEST!

Carl Berner

May 17th, 2012
10:27 am

I have tried GC and while I admit it is good, the master they served their apprenticeship under, BBQ1, is still better.

dr martin

May 17th, 2012
12:30 pm

OK Cafe Buckhead

Ebennett

May 17th, 2012
1:28 pm

Burnt Fork BBQ in downtown Decatur.

Eric Scott

May 17th, 2012
2:37 pm

Ohio Hog Company (Fairburn, GA) has the best brisket in the state! I wasn’t even a fan of brisket until I tried there’s. Now I’m hooked.

Bob

May 17th, 2012
3:29 pm

Jim Fisher

May 17th, 2012
4:38 pm

Sam Huff’s BBQ 1 is the best around IYAM. Nice rub and smoke ring, tender as all get out.

Drew Jenkins

May 17th, 2012
5:16 pm

1. BBQ1
2. Community Q
3. Dave Poe’s BBQ
4. GC BBQ

Billy Smith

May 17th, 2012
10:37 pm

Rolling Bones hasn’t been mentioned here enough but Atlanta’s best brisket has to be either Heirloom Market or Sam’s BBQ1, both in Cobb.

GA Grllll

May 18th, 2012
9:12 am

Grand Champion BBQ!

BBQ Enthusiast

May 18th, 2012
12:06 pm

1. Sam Huff’s BBQ1 2. Dave Poe’s BBQ2 3. Heirloom Market 4. GC

Bob

May 18th, 2012
5:14 pm

Ruby Wood

May 19th, 2012
7:53 am

Had Heirloom Market BBQ’s brisket yesterday for lunch after reading the positive feedback on this block.

Only one word to describe it = OMG!

Slammin Sammy

May 20th, 2012
9:40 am

Hands down it’s BBQ1 on Lower Roswell Rd

David G

May 20th, 2012
9:59 am

Heirloom is hard to beat in terms of brisket. It’s my go-to there.

Hannah

May 20th, 2012
11:55 am

It’s not a barbecue place, but I had the best brisket ever at Murphy’s.

GRITS

May 20th, 2012
5:17 pm

I nominate Grand Champion BBQ. Tjey’re new but consistent & awesome!!! Mix the Mac n’ cheese with the brisket…mmmmmm…..

Tami Moore

May 20th, 2012
10:44 pm

Slopes BBQ – Alpharetta!

James

May 20th, 2012
11:03 pm

I’m torn between Heirloom & BBQ1 – so I’ll have both this week.

Bree

May 21st, 2012
1:08 pm

Grand Champion BBQ!! ALL IN.