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Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival returns to Atlantic Station

Credit: AtlBBQfest.com

Credit: AtlBBQfest.com

Thousands of hungry ‘cue lovers will descend on Atlantic Station on Sept 30th-October 1st as the Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival returns for its 3rd year.

The 2-day festival includes live music, the “Market Village” where attendees can purchase a wide range of barbecue merchandise, a barbecue competition featuring 50+ professional and “backyard teams”, as well as stands from some of Atlanta’s barbecue restaurants. At this point, participating restaurants include Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, Jim ‘N Nicks, Williamson Bros., and JD’s Bar-B-Que.

If you think you have what it takes to take a swing at the “Backyard” competition, TODAY is the final day to turn in your registration. Though the website claims that 50+ teams will compete for over $10,000 in prizes, as of today only 20+ appear listed, so there should still be room on the roster. The basic registration fee for a Backyard team is $200, and events include Chicken and Ribs, with the optional categories of sauce and “Anything Butt”. Pro teams will compete in Brisket, Chicken, Pulled Pork, Ribs and Whole Hog. If you think you have what it takes, fill out an application (found here) and get your entry in today for a shot at barbecue greatness.

I’ve always had scheduling conflicts that have prevented me from making it the last two years, so I’m excited to finally get the chance to attend. Organizers expect between 10-15,000 to come out for the event. What about you BBQ nuts? Anyone planning to make it out there this year?

- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog

36 comments Add your comment

Typical Redneck

September 21st, 2011
1:58 pm

Fox Bros. = Blech.

Bamster

September 21st, 2011
2:51 pm

Don’t forget the Glock or Mac-10.

FoodFan

September 21st, 2011
2:58 pm

Atlantic Station = Blech

Shame on a brother whose dealin'

September 21st, 2011
4:09 pm

You better stay “strapped” over there in that neck of the woods…

g

September 21st, 2011
4:13 pm

Anyone that does not like fox brothers is a typical redneck that does not know good BBQ.

Typical Redneck

September 21st, 2011
4:16 pm

Funny g considering I have won 2nd at Memphis in May overall along with multiple other grand championships.. So to that point, anyone who thinks Fox Bros is all that doesn’t know their a$$ from a hole in the ground.

noelle

September 21st, 2011
4:17 pm

Love Fox Bros ! So does everyone I know.

Typical Redneck

September 21st, 2011
4:21 pm

Hey, I applaud their success. I don’t think it is anything special.

kevin

September 21st, 2011
4:26 pm

I have to agree with typical redneck. Fox Bros. must be the most overrated bbq place in town. It’s not bad, it’s just not really good. Harold’s is better. If you’re lucky enough to eat Burt’s BBQ (who only does festivals around ATL), his is better.

Shame on a brother whose dealin’,

You’re an idiot. Stay in the burbs.

Glenn

September 21st, 2011
4:35 pm

Hey Jon, looks like you’ll get a chance to try JD’s chopped. You’ll recall you were going to visit JD’s during your best pulled pork review in February, but when I advised JD’s only had chopped, you pulled the plug on the drive to Woodstock. Well, this time it looks like JD’s is coming to you – enjoy!

jay silverhorse

September 21st, 2011
4:35 pm

Me like BBQ, but won’t catch me down there after dark Kimosabi………

Mark

September 21st, 2011
4:41 pm

I agree with Redneck. Fox Brothers certainly isn’t bad, but they don’t deserve half of the praise they get. They are just a trendy pick for people that know just enough about bbq to sound smart to people that don’t know anything.

Un-BBQ-educated person “I like bbq, I eat Shane’s Rib Shack like twice a month.”
Semi-BBQ-educated person “I only eat Fox Brothers. They are the best.”

The semi educated is kinda right, Fox Brothers is better than Shane’s, but let’s not get carried away calling Fox Brothers great.

Chess

September 21st, 2011
4:44 pm

Fox Bros Smoked Wings are #1

Count me In

September 21st, 2011
4:47 pm

I was even looking forward to this event before I realized that we will not have to put up with rubes like Jay Silverhorse, Shame on a brother and Bamster!

Chess

September 21st, 2011
4:47 pm

Does any BBQ heads know if Fox Bros is going to fix the parking situation or expand the indoor seating?

DAWG FAN FROM DOUGLISVILLE

September 21st, 2011
4:56 pm

I SHURE HOPE THEY HAVE PLENTY OF BUD LITE ON HAND!

g

September 21st, 2011
5:12 pm

Hey Typical Rednick, are you really Marlon Mixon? I never said Fox was the best, but the wings and brisket are good considering that really no other place in this town knows how to do brisket. Community in Decatur and Ga Pig south of Brunswick has better prok. Sorry Kevin, but Harolds is probably the worst place in this state, so you show what a real idito is. thanks!

OTP BBQ

September 21st, 2011
5:13 pm

There are 24 pro teams and 9 backyard teams as of now. I am competing in the backyard competition this year for the 2nd time. We did Atlantic Station last year too, it was fine.

Jill F.

September 21st, 2011
5:26 pm

Maddy’s BBQ in Decatur is the best! Plus you can listen to live music on the weekends!!

Kramer

September 21st, 2011
5:28 pm

Typical Redneck

September 21st, 2011
1:58 pm
Fox Bros. = Blech.

OK, you are an idiot. FOX BROS RUUUULES! Stick with Shanes Typical Redneck.

Kramer

September 21st, 2011
5:30 pm

Mark, the fact you admit you eat Shanes twice a month means you shoud not be taken seriously on your comments of other bbq joints. Sorry son, just a fact.

If it fits...

September 21st, 2011
5:48 pm

Dusty’s had the BEST chopped BBQ chicken sandwiches. It’s a shame they’re gone.

diamond-e

September 21st, 2011
5:57 pm

jd should probably try pulling his pork,that way he could do away with the grissle

BBQ Judge

September 21st, 2011
6:24 pm

No thanks! I’ll be judging at a REAL BBQ contest that weekend in Macon that has real competition BBQ teams that travel all over the country, like the ones you see on TV, not just restaurants and people trying to sell things. Come on down to Macon and see the real thing.

BBQ Forever

September 21st, 2011
6:43 pm

Sorry Jill F, but Maddy’s went out of business a few weeks ago

USMC

September 21st, 2011
6:48 pm

I love Fox Bros., Williamson’s and Jim n’ Nick’s; they are all tops.

I stumbled across Burnt Fork in Decatur and wanted to pass on the good word. They have great BBq ranging from St. Louis, Memphis, Texas, and Carolina styles.

Did I say I really like Fox Bros. BBQ? :-)

OTP BBQ

September 21st, 2011
9:52 pm

BWAHAHA @BBQ Judge. The Royal is in KC that weekend, you dope. You don’t know what the h–l you’re talking about.

BBQ Judge

September 21st, 2011
11:13 pm

@ Smirkin and OTP- That is like saying there is no NASCAR event this weekend because there is also an Indy car race taking place somewhere else.

The Royal is a KCBS sanctioned event. The other national sanctioning body, MBN (ever hear of Memphis in May) has three sanctioned events that weekend, including the world’s oldest BBQ contest taking place about 30 miles outside Memphis, another in Mississippi, and the one in Macon. The Atlanta event is not sanctioned by anybody, not even one of the regional or local organizations, and won’t have quality teams from any organization. Maybe if either of you knew REAL BBQ you would know that.

OTP BBQ

September 22nd, 2011
8:34 am

Actually, I did know all of that. Well, personally, I compete in backyard, so the option to drive to any of those others is outside of my price range. As for REAL BBQ? Whatever, man. Have fun in Macon. Those who can, do. Those who can’t? I guess they judge.

Typical Redneck

September 22nd, 2011
10:24 am

g, his name is Myron and no I am not him. I know him and we have had some good times together. An idea for you. Buy a smoker and experiment. When you hit a home run you will be very proud of yourself.

Kramer, get a life.

Myron Mixon

September 23rd, 2011
9:41 am

I do this every weekend, this is my damn livelihood. What do yall do? Nuthin. Yall cook in your back yards and call that shi* BBQ. I have 3 World Championships. How many yall have? None.

Best BBQ in ATL

September 23rd, 2011
9:55 am

My bbbbbbbaby and I loves the BBBBQ Ppppppork sammiches at Smoke House BBQ Gainesville, GA bbbbbbetter bbbbbbbbelieve that!!! Sorry, I have a cccccccyber sssssstutter thing gggggoin on!

Sauce face

September 23rd, 2011
10:57 am

I love Rollin Bones on Edgewood

Edward

September 23rd, 2011
11:53 am

You can always tell the arrogant anal orifices when they begin their diatribes by claiming anyone who doesn’t agree with their opinion is an idiot or ignorant. Sorry, but that makes YOU the ignorant idiot. And regardless of how YOUR bbq is, if you’re not serving it to the public at regular hours, then it doesn’t matter.

Another BBQ Judge

September 23rd, 2011
10:23 pm

Back to Jon’s original question, yes, I plan on going to the Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival. My hat goes off to anyone who puts their time, money and pride on the line by participating in a barbecue contest. Whether their ‘cue is any good or not is another matter, but they do get my respect for making public their efforts. It has always hurt my pride that with so much good ‘cue in Georgia, we still aren’t recognized as the bastion of barbecue that we should be. If the Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival isn’t sanctioned by MBN and KCBS (and I’m under the impression it IS KCBS-sanctioned this year), it sure as hell isn’t for the lack of trying. Just like you will never get agreement who has the best barbecue – be it in a small town, city, state or region – you will also never get agreement on what is REAL barbecue. Most people who claim to know (Mr. Mixon being one of the few who actually does), are self-appointed experts who enjoy laying claim to expertise in barbecue and have a vested interest in keeping the mystique of “real barbecue” in their hands. Frankly, it really pisses me off that Georgia doesn’t have the recognition it deserves. Attitudes like that shown by BBQ Judge are exactly why. For all others, please support the Georgia barbecue scene and give the festival a try!

The Organizer

September 25th, 2011
2:12 pm

We have been working on our Atlanta BBQ festival for 3 years now. We are glad to get recognized by USA today, as one of the top fall food festivals in the country.

http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/10great/story/2011-09-15/10-great-places-to-feast-at-a-festival/50419008/1

We are hoping to grow the festival into an international event that would bring people from all over the world to Atlanta to eat BBQ with flavors from all over the South. This year we have a team from Germany and we hope to build on it.

We would love the support of the Atlanta corporate community to help us grow and become as big and well run as Memphis in May. After 35 years Memphis in May years brings in over $10 million in tourism to that city. We’re no where near that yet, but that is our long term goal. We are trying to increase the BBQ industrial complex in Atlanta and create more BBQ related jobs. Memphis does have great BBQ, but Atlanta is the Crossroads of BBQ and we have great variety of BBQ and you just have to try them all to figure out which is the best.

Come down, eat some BBQ , have a beer and listen to great music including Robert Cray –all for $6 advance, $10 day of.