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Parade talks barbecue and Heirloom

This coming Sunday, Parade magazine celebrates barbecue.  Writer John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi, charts the phenomenon, which he credits to Americans’ growing respect for traditional food. And nothing is more traditional than barbecue.

Edge visits Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, where hundreds of hungry fans line up daily and greet the 11 a.m. opening with cheers.

The magazine, which can be found in the Sunday Atlanta Journal-Constitution also asked food critics across the country to name their favorite new places, resulting in our list of the 17 best new barbecue restaurants in the U.S.

Among them is Heirloom Market BBQ, which, of course,  is one among the 50 restaurants named to the AJC’s  Spring Dining Guide. Here is the capsule review:


Heirloom Market BBQ

(3 stars)

Few American cuisines are as unchanged and rooted in tradition as barbecue. Therein lies much of its appeal — something about smoked meat strikes a primal chord in many of us — and leaves little room for innovation. Heirloom Market BBQ breaks that mold, and Atlanta is better off for it.

Cody Taylor, a Tennessee native, and Jiyeon Lee, a former Korean pop star-turned-chef, fuse their cultural influences with dishes like slow-smoked pork topped with kimchi coleslaw and create a unique breed of nouveau ‘cue. Their resumes include stints at Repast, the Ritz-Carlton and Restaurant Eugene, so they bring an inventiveness to the art of barbecue that’s rarely seen.

The seating is limited and the barbecue popular, so be prepared for a line, but know that it will be worth it. (JW)

2243 Akers Mill Road, Atlanta [map]. 770-612-2502,, @heirloombbq

Here is the full list list:

Atlanta — Heirloom Market BBQ.

Baltimore — Kloby’s Smokehouse

Birmingham — Saw’s Soul Kitchen

Boston — Sweet Cheeks Q

Charlotte, N.C. — Bobbee O’s BBQ

Chicago — Lillie’s Q

Dallas — Lockhart Smokehouse

Cleveland — Old Carolina Barbecue

Denver — Russell’s Smokehouse

Houston — CorkScrew BBQ

Kansas City, Mo. — Jon Russell’s Kansas City Barbeque

Los Angeles — Bludso’s BBQ

Miami — Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue

Portland, Ore. — Podnah’s Pit

San Diego — Coop’s West Texas BBQ

Seattle — Maximus/Minimus

Washington, D.C. — The Garden District

Get readers hungry for this weekend’s issue of Parade!

14 comments Add your comment


July 19th, 2013
3:34 pm

Note to all of those wanting to flock to Heirloom BBQ and check it out: Heirloom BBQ no longer offers the outdoor picnic table seating they used to due to newly minted (read: lame) Cobb County ordinances. It is a pick up/take out restaurant only now. They also cater! Still worth checking out for sure. And there are two Chattahoochee parks within a mile of there that offer great spots to bring your Heirloom BBQ eats and enjoy them there!


July 19th, 2013
4:25 pm

Great food, but success and very small location finally took it’s toll as now a take out business only. Promises to find a new location within a year make this great place a little less in my book.


July 20th, 2013
8:49 am

These folks will make it because their food is good. Along the same lines, how is it that Sonny’s still can draw customers for what they call BBQ? Sonny’s reminds me of the old Ponderosa Steak House chain.


July 20th, 2013
10:40 am

You can also get Heirloom BBQ delivered by Very convenient!

Bam Bam

July 20th, 2013
11:17 pm

Smokey Q BBQ in Blairsville is the absolute best. Well worth the trip up! Try the smoked wings. Yummmmmy.


July 21st, 2013
8:54 am

I guess if you live in Blairsville, that’s a good thing. But, I hardly think it practical to drive 4 hours round trip for a pulled pork sandwich, no matter how good it might be.


July 21st, 2013
9:22 am

Bam Bam……..nobody is driving to Blairsville to just eat BBQ wings or anything else. I would stop at Smokey’s after my semi-annual golf trip up there.


July 21st, 2013
11:58 am

Edward, twice a year, I make a pilgrimage to a BBQ spot in Lexington, NC, for a pulled pork sandwich. When you love something, “practical” doesn’t enter into the equation.


July 21st, 2013
12:31 pm

Art………Good thing Mecca does not offer a pilgrimage sandwich. Your retirement acct. would be empty!


July 21st, 2013
7:29 pm

Balt, you speaketh the truth… but you can’t take it with you my friend!!


July 22nd, 2013
12:10 pm

No mention of any BBQ restaurant in Memphis???????


July 22nd, 2013
2:03 pm

I read about this restaurant in the Atlanta Magazine and decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did, for all you serious lovers of the Art of BBQ, this place has got it right. It is such a cool little place and the service, considering how small and packed it was, was really top notch. Fast and very friendly. I felt that they appreciated us coming there to dine. Let’s help them get a bigger place soon!! I am going today.


July 22nd, 2013
2:11 pm

I’ll give a nice crisp 50 to anybody that can point me to an actually good BBQ restaurant in NE GA. I haven’t found one yet. I haven’t tried Hickory Pig yet, but Two Brothers, Fanous Amos, Snokin’ Gold (the brisket is is pretty good but protip: the burnt ends aren’t actually supposed to be charcoal presented to me on a plate) – none are very good. I haven’t found a decent pulled pork yet. No bark? NO SMOKE RING? What is wrong around here?

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