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Best BBQ in Georgia

When it comes to traditional Southern barbecue joints, Georgia is loaded with them. But which ones are the best? Whether you’re traveling the area’s back roads or highway, uncover the sauciest standouts across the state. Keep reading to discover our top picks for the best barbecue in Georgia.

Dave Poe’s BBQ

Marietta, Georgia

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There’s nothing fancy about Dave Poe’s barbecue except for its taste. Take in the aroma of pork ribs, beef brisket, and chicken sizzling over an open pit. Order up finger-licking pulled pork paired with a side of Dave’s outrageous Redneck Lasagna, or a heaping helping of mouthwatering baby back ribs with a serving of collard greens for an authentic hometown Southern favorite.

When you’re vacationing in Marietta, the Hilton is just one hotel that’s close to Dave’s BBQ and other local attractions such as historic Marietta Square and Six Flags White Water adventure park.

Smok’n Pig B-B-Q

Valdosta, Georgia

When you’re in the mood to relax after a lively day sightseeing, head over to the Smok’n Pig, home of the brisket sandwich. The Pig uses only the finest quality meats, slow-cooked daily using fragrant pecan wood for juicy, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Freshly prepared country cookin’ is made for sharing, so grab your friends for some old-time vittles such as the savory two-meat Smok’n Pig Combo or the seasoned Texas beef brisket.

The Smok’n Pig serves up large portion sizes and is an excellent value for guests traveling on a budget and with kids. Grab a glass of Georgia sweet tea and enjoy Farmer Brown’s fresh salad bar with classic cobbler and ice cream.

Sherry’s Bait & Barbecue

Gainesville, Georgia

Next time you’re road-tripping through the land of barbecue, consider a stop at Sherry’s on Lake Lanier for succulent, spicy barbecue. Get ready to be impressed with this little hole in the wall’s extensive lunch and dinner menu, made with Sherry’s homemade sauces starring real Carolina vinegar. Order a side of creamed corn or a hearty bowl of Brunswick stew with your brisket — it just might be the best you’ve ever tasted. Don’t forget to grab some live bait and shop Sherry’s wide variety of fishing tackle after your ‘cue.

Breakers Korean Grill & BBQ

Duluth, Georgia

Our final stop on Georgia’s barbecue excursion lands us in Duluth at Breakers Korean Grill. This unique diversion from classic Southern chow will expand your palate as you explore this sleek and modern venue’s tableside cooking. Experience Korean culture and fine dining with Breaker’s all-you-can-eat dinner menu showcasing favorites such as thinly sliced beef bulgogi or deliciously marbled slices of pork belly.

Sample Breaker’s Kimchi stew or the perfectly prepared sea bass served in a luxurious (yet welcoming) atmosphere. Duluth offers voyagers a small-town feel near bustling Atlanta and boasts a variety of high-end destinations.

When you’re in Georgia, demand only the best of the best barbecue. From a smoked brisket sandwich to an entire slab of ribs, there’s a whole world of venues to explore right here in the South.