Josh Kramer, with the help of his wife Kara Ferris and father John Kramer, opened Burnt Fork BBQ in Decatur this past weekend in the space formally occupied by Jin Jin. The restaurant opened with a limited menu, but Kramer hopes to unveil the complete menu on Monday, Feb. 7th.
Though Burnt Fork BBQ serves many of the traditional southern barbecue staples like pulled pork sandwiches, beef brisket, and Brunswick stew, Kramer also takes a more international approach to his ‘cue. Diners can expect menu items like Korean barbecue, Cuban sandwiches, Vietnamese lamb or Peking duck tacos, and barbacoa. And though they are not featured on the limited menu currently, Kramer told me that he will also offer a BBQ potsticker, filled with pulled pork and Napa cabbage seasoned with sesame oil and rice wine vinegar.
Kramer prides himself on making everything from scratch, including his barbecue sauces. Burnt Fork currently offers a vinegar-based Carolina sauce, a sweet Memphis sauce, and a smoky Kansas City sauce. They also make all of their breads in-house and cure all of their own meats, down to the ham hocks used in their collard greens. Like many proprietors these days, Kramer has a strong focus on sustainability and sourcing locally whenever possible, using locally-raised pork from Moonshine Meats in Athens, Ga., and utilizing compostable packaging.
Burnt Fork BBQ also aims to be one of the few vegan and vegetarian friendly barbecue options in town, as Kramer’s wife is vegan and he is no stranger the inconveniences that can pose as a customer. Many of their menu items can have the traditional proteins substituted for marinated tofu, including the aforementioned pot stickers with a Korean tofu option.
And for those die-hard barbecue nerds out there – like myself – Kramer smokes his meats on a Fast Eddy’s 100% wood burning pellet smoker by Cookshack, unlike many of the shops in town that are so fond of the gas or electric Southern Pride smokers. Kramer says that this is because it has less of a tendency to suck moisture from the air inside the smoker, yielding juicer meat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays. 614 Church Street, Decatur. 404-373-7155, www.burntforkbbq.com, $-$$
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog
- Jon Watson writes about Popular Eats for the AJC Dining Team. He also publishes his own blog, Live To Feast