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Best Atlanta Barbecue Restaurants

From smokehouse to hoghouse and roadhouse, we've rounded up the best in barbecue. Sure, preferences abound when it comes to matters of the grill. So maybe it's a pulled pork sandwich on squishy white bread you crave or Texas brisket with a side of coleslaw and sweet tea. One day you might like your ribs slathered and glazed in tomato sauce; the next day rubbed with special spices; and the next marinated and drenched in tangy vinegar. Whatever your pleasure, try these smokin' spots for the best barbecue around in Atlanta.

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Big Shanty Smokehouse Barbecue
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3393 Cherokee St.
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Kennesaw barbecue joint with fine pulled pork and a tangy tomato-based sauce. More...

Blind Pig BBQ Barbecue
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873 Barnetts Bridge Rd.
Jackson, GA 30233

Blind Pig’s 'cue justifies the drive to Jackson from anywhere in Atlanta. More...

Bub-Ba-Q Barbecue
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Ingles Shopping Center
10020 Hwy. 92
Woodstock, GA 30188
Bub-Ba-Q takes championship 'cue seriously. More...

The Butcher's Market Barbecue
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Wylie Bridge Village
14205 Hwy. 92, Ste. 103
Woodstock, GA 30188

A wide variety of take-out foods prepared on site includes barbecue on the weekends. More...

Community BBQ Barbecue
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Dining Room at Community BBQ, Decatur, GA 1361 Clairmont Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033

Traditional barbecue becomes the domain of two classically trained chefs at Community BBQ. More...

'Cue Barbecue Barbecue
13700 GA Hwy. 9, Ste. 300
Milton, GA 30004
By making many basics in-house, ’Cue raises the bar on barbecue restaurants. More...

D.B.A. Barbecue Barbecue
Dining Room at D.B.A. Barbecue, Atlanta, GA 1190 N. Highland Ave. NE, Ste. B
Atlanta, GA 30306

D.B.A. Barbecue picks up the pace excelling at its snacks, beers and, of course, barbecue. More...

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Barbecue
Dining Room at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, Atlanta, GA 1238 DeKalb Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Fox Bros. hits the high marks in all genres of barbecue. More...

The Greater Good Barbecue Barbecue
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4431 Hugh Howell Rd.
Tucker, GA 30084

Quality barbecue in Tucker. More...

Hae Woon Dae Korean
Treasure Village
5805 Buford Hwy. NE
Doraville, GA 30340
Late-night barbecue cravings and restorative soups maintain the popularity of this authentic Korean joint. More...

Heirloom Market BBQ Barbecue
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Dining Room at Heirloom Market BBQ, Atlanta, GA Akers Mill Food Store
2243 Akers Mill Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30339
Sharing common sensibilities, Korean and Southern barbecue flavors unite at Heirloom Market BBQ. More...

Hottie Hawg's Smokin' BBQ Barbecue
2057 Main St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Fans of brisket and bold-flavored Texas-style ’cue should their way to Hottie Hawg’s. More...

Moe's Original Bar B Que Barbecue
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Dining Room at Moe Kool Korner Midtown Building
349 14th St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Alabama-style ’cue comes to Atlanta via Moe's Original. More...

One Star Ranch Barbecue
25 Irby Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30305

At this down-home, rather rustic spot in otherwise sophisticated Buckhead, Texas tastes rule in barbecue. More...

Pig-n-Chik Barbecue
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1815 Briarcliff Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30329
Slow-smoked pork comes to the Emory area via Pig-n-Chik. More...

Sam's BBQ-1 Barbecue
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4944 Lower Roswell Rd.
Marietta, GA 30068
An all-around classic, Sam Huff's barbecue outpost is the place for baby-backs. More...

Smoke Ring Barbecue
Dining Room at Smoke Ring, Atlanta, GA 309 Nelson St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
The barbecue beat goes on at Smoke Ring, one of the few 'cue joints in downtown Atlanta. More...

Smokejack Southern Grill & BBQ Barbecue
Dining Room at Smokejack Southern Grill & BBQ, Alpharetta, GA 29 S. Main St.
Alpharetta, GA 30004
The many forms of barbecue --- from Kansas City style to Memphis and Carolina style --- put Smokejack on the map. More...

Southern Soul Barbeque Barbecue
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Dining Room at Southern Soul Barbeque, St. Simons Island, GA 2020 Demere Rd.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
This simple structure with a lean-to outdoor dining area draws a persistent crowd for its first-rate ’cue. More...

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