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Finding the best barbecue spots in the city is like taking a road trip; the thrill that comes with uncovering something unexpected creates an unforgettable experience. Once you find a spot that leaves you impressed, you can’t help but share it with others. With that said, we’re sharing six of our favorite spots for the best barbecue Atlanta has to offer.

Sweet Auburn Barbecue

Sweet Auburn Barbecue is the perfect fusion of southern-style barbecue and Asian cuisine. From the creators of one of the city’s first food trucks, they specialize in classic slow-smoked meats, innovative side dishes and artistic cocktails. Located in the Poncey-Highlands, this local favorite is conveniently accessible from the Belt Line, Piedmont Park, Little Five Points and Midtown.

Old Brick Pit Barbeque

Founded in 1976, Old Brick Pit Barbeque makes barbecue favorites the old-fashioned way. Renowned for their succulent meats and side dishes, you’re sure to smell their secret sauce before you reach their doorstep. They’ve been making the same traditional recipes for over 40 years and cook everything in their original brick pit, fed by hickory wood. Come try one of their barbecue classics located on Peachtree Road.

Anna’s BBQ

4 minutes from Empire Paintbox

If you’re craving mouth-watering traditional smoked barbecue, Anna’s BBQ is the place for you. They’ve got everything from pulled pork, barbecue ribs, beef brisket, to collard greens and mac and cheese. Located in Kirkwood, this family-friendly restaurant offers something for everyone’s taste buds.

Wood’s Chapel BBQ 

2 minutes from Empire Lovetree

Wood’s Chapel BBQ uses traditional wood-fired pits to prepare barbecue staples such as whole hog, prime brisket, salmon and turkey. They provide a lively gathering place and food for patrons. Visit one of their two locations in the heart of Summerhill or at the Krog Street Market to treat your taste buds.

Moe’s Original BBQ

10 minutes from Empire Crosby and Empire Homebase

Established in 1988, Moe’s Original BBQ is a signature place for many Atlantans. Serving Alabama-style barbecue with a variety of southern sides, patrons can dine-in, take out or even enjoy a home-catered meal. Moe’s offers a rustic feel, southern charm, and is perfect for any size gathering. Moe’s has 10 locations across America, with one of them right here in Atlanta.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q has offered Atlanta-style barbecue delights since 2007. The Fox Brothers have become a southern staple for their signature smoked brisket, pulled pork, wings and their inventive side dishes. Come visit their rustic patio located near Candler Park and enjoy some of their southern classics.

Still not convinced that Atlanta has some of the best barbecue spots? Discover other local favourites near Empire Atlanta, and check out our food and drink category on our blog, which always leads to new culinary adventures.

Images courtesy of: Peter Pham (Sweet Auburn Barbecue); Tim Bish (Old Brick Pit Barbeque); Jacob Stone (Anna’s BBQ); Atlanta Business Chronicle (Wood’s Chapel BBQ);Luis Santoyo (Moe’s Original BBQ); Grove Olive Media (Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q).

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