More BBQ franchises coming soon?


Daddy D’z BBQ Joynt

I haven’t been to Daddy Dz BBQ Joynt in years…to be honest, maybe not since 2003 or 2004, but on the way back home form the Sweet Auburn BBQ visit today we drive by and I snapped a few photos of the place. They say “we ain’t pretty, but we’re good!” It’s a shamble shack alright, but I like the look!

No. 60 Sweet Auburn BBQ

No. 60 Sweet Auburn BBQ

On this 80 degree winter day, St. Patrick’s Day actually, after doing some yard work, I decided to go find some new BBQ for lunch. So, I took the boy and we headed to the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in downtown Atlanta for our first taste of Sweet Auburn BBQ. These guys run some food trucks and cater events too, but they opened the counter in the Curb Market in the last year or two.

They do Pork, Chicken, and Brisket, and apparently some pretty good chili since they won the 2011 Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp chili cook-off. Today we tried the pork ribs and pulled pork sandwich, with a few different sides. First the meats. I liked the pulled pork, good flavor, though not smokey…I sort of wonder if they actually smoke or not, the web site says they do, but if so it is very subtle. No pink ring on the meat, but definitely tender with good edge pieces. I don’t know that I would go as far as calling it bark, but certainly a crisp outer layer. It might have been the slightest bit dry, but one dip in the sauce and all concerns were gone. The sandwich is served on two slices of Texas Toast – I like it, and so did my bread loving boy…downed both pieces of toast quickly.

The ribs, they left something to be desired. They are wet ribs, which is fine, but they needed more time in the cooker (their web site say 12hrs in one place and 3hrs in another, but I a not sure mine saw 3 hours). I had a half rack and tried to pull the first long rib off, the bone came out but the meat did not come apart easily. Luckily I had a pocket knife today, as I had to cut each rib off to eat. They were OK, but if they are always this way I would not order them again. I really think they needed a bit more time in the cooker to be a bit more tender. As I worked my way to the end of the line, I jumped to the very end and shortest ribs where the meat seemed to have gotten to the proper finish and was much better than the middle ribs.

We tried 3 sauces, a St. Louis, a Sweet and Smokey, and a Honey Mustard. the Honey Mustard seemed more like a salad dressing than a BBQ sauce; I mean it had nice flavor, but not what I think of for a “yellow” sauce. The other two were good, very similar consistency, one with more spice than the other.

All of the sides get thumbs up. The mac-n-cheese is made with rigatoni and is clearly a baked mac, not one of the soupy velveeta messes you might come across. The Jamaican Jerk Collards were tender, and not over cooked, and had just enough of a peppery bite to them. The honey baked beans were very good, some of the better I’ve had in a long time; rich with a honey brown sugar flavor. Every meal comes with a sample of slaw too. It’s heavy on the celery seed, very crispy, and refreshing. If it were a little wetter, I wouldn’t complain.

All in all a solid BBQ joint, in a cool place. I’ll try more offerings in the future as I work close enough to walk over for lunch. Maybe next time a veggie plate to sample some of the other sides that sounded good, oh and I will certainly need to try their chili. Portions were large and the staff was exceptionally nice. Give them a try!

Sweet Auburn BBQ on Urbanspoon

roasting peppers on the grill

Fire roasting chiles on Flickr.

I wasn’t barbecuing, but I was using the grill to fire roast some peppers for a mole-esque sauce for some pork butt. Turned out to be good eats.

The GA Pig

The GA pig – I did not get to eat on Flickr.

It was early in the morning and I was on my way home from Jekyll Island Georgia one time when I saw this bbq shack sitting off the road – too early to get any food, but at least I stopped and got a photo. It only gets added to my list if I eat there, but it doesn’t stop me from taking photos when I can’t eat!

update: apparently it has closed “lost our lease!” as of spring 2012. I guess I’ll never get to try it now.

No. 58 Pit Stop Bar-B-Que & Grill

No. 58 on my list – yep as I do some backlogging these will be out of order.

Pit Stop Bar-B-Que & Grill in Tifton, Georgia. On my way back from a quick visit to the Florida panhandle I stopped in Tifton, GA for some BBQ. My trusty smart phone pulled up a few places, I did a drive by of one that seemed a bit too neon-new-and drive through to me, so I wandered on up the highway to the next on the list – Pit Stop. It was a Monday night, so noting a number of cars in the parking lot with local county license plates made me think this might be a place worth stopping.

Inside it was definitely the old-timers crowd – most every table could have been my grandparents. The menu is as the name goes, a mix of BBQ and grill, I saw some folks with reasonable good looking burgers nearby, but I was there for the ‘cue. Trying not to overindulge since I still had a few hours left in the car, I went with a side salad – fresh, crisp, but just your run of the mill iceberg and tomato with some cucs, carrots and cheese; it was fine. I had to laugh though when they brought the dressing on the side (and no I wasn’t being high maintenance and asking for it in the side) as it was a jug full! Think the syrup pourer at the Waffle House or Pancake House, but multiply the size by three or four times. it was o LOT of dressing.

Anyway, on to dinner. I got the regular pork sandwich with a side of slaw and fried okra. I like all of it well enough. the okra had a fairly dense batter, but it was still good. The slaw was a bit more sweet and wet (mayo based) but fine. the pork sandwich was good too. Nothing was standout, I didn’t feel compelled to make a stop in the future to try anything else, but it wasn’t bad. I only had one sauce option, and the best I could describe it was closer to a KC Masterpiece flavor, a bit dark and sweet with a fair amount of molasses, or so it seemed. Did not love it.

These guys also fall into the category of ‘serving fries’ but I won’t hold it against them, since they do have a bigger menu than just BBQ.

There are clearly other places in Tifton, unless I start doing more work in Florida or South, Georgia, that might be my one and only BBQ experience in that area for some time. I’d call it average but it certainly keeps the locals coming back for more (and actually I was down that way again just this week, passed by at noon and the place was packed with work trucks).

No. 59 Scott’s Walk-Up Bar-B-Q

No. 59

Today we trekked up to Cartersville, GA for the Booth Western Art Museum cowboy days events, and once we were done being seriously impressed by that museum, we had a hankerin’ for some BBQ. I asked a local that worked at the museum for a recommendation and he did not do us wrong! He pointed us around the corner, yes a very short walk, from the museum to Scott’s Walk-Up Bar-B-Q on Tennessee St. The restaurant is simple, not fancy, but that’s fine, we’re here for the food right! in 2010 Atlanta Magazine gave Scott’s some ‘props’ and I would say it was well deserved. The pork had very good texture and moisture, it’s pulled, not chopped, great pink smoke ring, bark, and solid flavor all on its own without sauce, but speaking of sauces Scott’s had three and they were all good.

1. The, what I would call traditional Georgia sauce – it’s red, definitely based on ketchup, sweet and tangy – a nice and easy sauce.

2. Vinegar based sauce, completely runny and spicy, but not burn you up with heat and not flavor spicy, this was good stuff.

3. Mustard sauce – had to ask for this one as it was not on every table, but it’s good and you should ask for it. Peppery and yellow mustard tangy – I would prefer a little less yellow mustard taste, but still a solid sauce.

I had the combo plate with pulled pork and ribs, with 2 sides (slaw and Brunswick stew) pickles and a slice of white bread – at just under $10, a very good deal. I really liked the slaw, finely chopped cabbage, mayo based slaw, but not swimming in liquid. The stew was ok, I’ve enjoyed others better, but it’s worth a try if you like Brunswick Stew. I also got to try the beans, which had good flavor, I want to say I tasted green bell pepper, which I personally don’t love, but that’s my preference…maybe it was something else I was tasting, but it wasn’t over powering – I did like the beans which were also a little meaty/smokey too; so did my two year old who ate most of his before a motorcycle thoroughly distracted him from finishing lunch.

I really enjoyed my ribs, they were just right, requiring the right amount of pull off of the bone and a great dry rub – no sauce needed, none; they stood on their own just fine. My wife had the chicken and said it was quite tender, especially the white meat, which can too often become dry. It must have been good, because I realize, I did not get one bite!

Hands down, I highly recommend Scott’s if you are in Cartersville. It’s just a short drive off I-75 and worth the detour.