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If there’s one cuisine that can undeniably be related to Georgia, it’s barbecue. Many towns, from the big to the tiny, often have an awesome little nook that serves up smoked perfection. The great thing about authentic barbecue is that it doesn’t have to break the bank.
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Fresh Air Barbecue has a basic menu featuring core items—the simplicity is wonderful. A delux BBQ Pork Plate consists of a generous helping of pork, Brunswick Stew, fine chopped slaw, bread, crackers and a pickle, for $7.45. Get a pulled pork sandwich for only $2.85!
Located in Jackson, you can get a huge pulled pork sandwich with a perfectly sweet sauce for $5.25. All of that smoked meat absolutely has to be paired with the crispy home fry medallions for $3.50.
Wiley’s Championship BBQ in Savannah serves the crispy edges of the barbecue solo, and it’s magical. The Burnt Ends Sliders come in at $4.75, and mac and cheese with monster sized noodles for $3.25 is the perfect side.
Georgia South Barbecue is in little ol’ Barnesville, a town toward the middle of the state. Touted as the “Best Barbecue Sauce in Georgia”, a flavorful array five sauces are at your disposal. Located in a historic building, we’re loving the environment too.
Located off the McDonough Square, Holy Smoke is a small family establishment with big flavor. Pulled pork is crazy tender with those perfect bits of smoky char on the edges—a plate with two sides and cornbread comes in at $10. Macaroni and cheese and sweet potatoes fries are stand out sides.
You haven’t lived until you’ve tried the homemade sausage, made with tender rib and brisket. When you do go, pair the tasty links with potato salad and baked beans, roundingnout your total ton$9.95. Smoked salmon is another noteworthy indulgence. Big Shanty is so good, that is has been featured in publications like Atlanta Magazine.
While known for seafood, Savannah also has a strong southern food scene. B’s Cracklin’ BBQ is a great depiction of the homestyle barbecue the coastal region has to offer. Try all of the core meats for a reasonable price atop a slider, garnished with sauce and house pork skins. Brisket sliders are $8.99, pork $7.99 and chicken $6.99—and a side is included.
Ribs are the word at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack in Atlanta, and you can taste the goodness via the rib sandwich for $7.95. It would be a crime not to pair it with the $1.95 Rum Baked Beans.
Captain Stan’s not only has great food, but a fantastic island vibe with great outdoor seating. Many times, you’ll get to enjoy live music while dining on a massive barbecue loaded potato for $9.50.
Simple southern barbecue in the heart of Helen Georgia—it doesn’t get better. Chopped Pork plates run $8.00 and come with two sides. We love the traditional slaw and stew!