I can already feel the bullseye on my forehead.
Once again, Shane from the Best of the Big A has asked for my help in providing the “critics pick” for one of his posts, and I want to get some help from the Food & More readers on this one. Now we are looking for the best pulled pork in Atlanta, and I know that this one is going to be controversial.
As of right now, Shane’s post asking for suggestions already has over 380 comments on it and many of them have the tone of “if you don’t agree with me, you should be dragged into the street and shot.” People get passionate about BBQ, no question about it. Oddly enough, many of those same people also gave terrible suggestions. Go figure.
I’m sure that some of you have already seen and possibly commented on Shane’s post, but I also know that many of you probably have not. I realize that we are all on the same team here at the AJC, but I’m inclined to think that the hardcore food fans probably frequent Food & More on a more regular basis.
Also, in the past, there have been instances where the reader suggestions have become a little….skewed…in the Best of the Big A comment section, usually because a few restaurants catch wind of it and immediately take to their Facebook profiles asking their followers to bombard the comments lauding their food as the best in town. It is that phenomenon that led me to spend many hours driving around the outskirts of Atlanta to eat hot dogs that were mostly forgettable.
So, I want to hear from those of you who actually feel like you know BBQ. And I’m asking you for some self analysis here. I don’t want this to turn into a barrage of “friends and family” giving biased suggestions. If you happen to live near a BBQ joint that you enjoy, but have limited experience with the other great places around town, then you may not have the level of understanding that I’m looking for. I want to hear from the BBQ fiends that have tried it all and know their favorites.
A few caveats:
1. This is for the best PULLED pork in Atlanta. If you love someone’s chopped pork, that is great, but that isn’t helpful. I also don’t care what the brunswick stew tastes like or if they have the best brisket you’ve ever had. Try to stay on topic.
2. This is for the best pulled pork in ATLANTA. That doesn’t have to mean ITP, but try to keep it within about 45 minutes of the city. Realistically, I’m not going to drive to the Florida border for this post.
3. If you can take the time, I’d love to know WHY you think X restaurant’s is the best.
4. I’m sure that you make a mean pulled pork on your Big Green Egg, but I can’t use that for this list. It has to be a restaurant. If I could use home recipes, my pulled pork would be number 1.
I only have about a week to try the BBQ joints that I haven’t tried before I need to turn this in, so make them count!
-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