65 YEARS is a long time to make some BBQ. So if you haven’t heard, Harold’s BBQ, and Atlanta Institution is closing for good at the end of the week. I made my only visit to Harold’s just about two years ago. I recall it being fine, but not exceptional, but I could understand why people would return time and time again. It’s sad to see something that’s been around as long as Harold’s has, now going on to the big smoker in the sky. Hopefully they have a nice send-ff this week.
Dub’s High on the Hog Bar-B-Que and Grille
This place in Calhoun, GA is good. I’ve been twice and both times have been very pleased with the results. First time I visited I had the pulled pork with sides of fried okra and brunswick stew. All of it was very tasty, especially the pork which you could actually tell was wood smoked! Good job Dub’s! On my more recent visit I tried the ribs beans and slaw. The ribs were exceptional, I wish I had snapped a picture but I just ate too fast and forgot. Good reason to return again I guess.
The place is a log house looking building on the main drag, just south of downtown proper. There is no sign, but if you know what you are looking for it’s not hard to find.
No. 61 Big D’s BBQ Dawsonville, GA
Stopped at Big D’s Tuesday evening on the way back to Atlanta from Amicalola Falls State Park. From the outside I thought the place looked like it had potential to be good, but ended up somewhat disappointed in the food. On the menu they had something called the “Brownie” sandwich (sold out that day), which is where they take all of the good outer bark of the pork butt and make it a sandwich…needless to say my pork plate (luke warm) contained zero outer goodness. I got the mac and cheese and hush puppies as sides. The puppies had good flavor, but weren’t exactly fresh from the fryer. They had a touch of sweetness, kernels of corn, and really if they were fresh from the fryer I am certain I would have loved them. The mac and cheese however was not good; I actually did not finish it. The cheese was like a thick, starchy velveeta, just not pleasant at all. The pulled pork wasn’t memorable, but the two sauces I tried were fine; I had a vinegar sauce and a thicker red sauce. We also tried some fried pickles – definitely hot from the fryer, crispy and good, with a side of tangy ranch dip.