The dining scene in Roswell just expanded — again. This time, it’s barbecue. Newcomer Grand Champion BBQ recently opened and is working to earn its market share.
Owners Robert Owens and Gregory Vivier didn’t start their culinary careers in the barbecue business. Instead, they met during stints in Concentrics Restaurants’s kitchens, working together at Pie Bar, Trois and ONE. midtown kitchen. Owens later dabbled in barbecue at Sam’s BBQ-1, where he learned the tricks of the trade from barbecue master Dave Roberts.
Owens and Vivier now fire up the smokers from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. every night at Grand Champion BBQ, also called G.C. BBQ. They will tell you with pride that they use only fresh — never frozen — ribs sourced from Smithfield, a Virginia-based meat company. And, as with any good barbecue joint, they don’t stop with ribs. You’ll find a plethora of meaty goodness including chicken, pulled pork and brisket.
Sides consist of Southern collards cooked with smoked ham hocks and gourmet macaroni and cheese doctored up with smoked gouda. The coleslaw has a sweet twist of its own: apples. The Red Delicious apples used will soon come from Georgia’s own Mercier Orchards.
End your meal on a sweet note. Grand Champion BBQ offers homemade banana pudding and other locally made treats including Rumtastic’s rum cake and key lime pie from Kenny’s Great Pies.
11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sundays. 4401 Shallowford Road, Roswell. 770-587-4227. $-$$.
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