We are always on the hunt for the best of Alpharetta dining spots, it is a tough job, but someone has to do it! This time we’ve stoked the coals, sampled the sauces, done the “research”, got Mama’s approval and we are proud to report back some of the best places in Alpharetta to get your ‘que on! But fair warning, this list is sure to make your mouth water!
Shaun Doty and Lance Gunmere teamed up with Pit Master Carey Wise (Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q & Grand Champion BBQ) to serve up some Georgia-style barbecue – meaning a blend of all the best BBQ styles from all over the country. Menu highlights include pulled pork, brisket, sausage, turkey, chicken and ribs. One of their many secrets is grilling over pecan and oak wood to not overpower the flavor of the meat. But let’s not forget about the sides: savory baked potato salad, creamy mac & cheese, baked beans, collard greens and jalapeno corn bread with a kick. The perfect pairing to complement your BBQ plate are the Top Shelf Slushies in a variety of flavors from Fuzzy Navel to Cheerwine & George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey.
An Alpharetta staple since 2004, Smokejack BBQ has been described as a “shrine to meat.” There’s no rushing the process here as they smoke their delicacies for 12 hours – low and slow. Leading off with the appetizer menu, you know these guys aren’t messing around with an offering of nachos topped with a choice of BBQ chicken, pulled pork or brisket. The main menu has a selection of pork, sausage, beef brisket, smoked turkey, chicken, baby back ribs and spare ribs. But the signature attraction is their burnt ends. Little cubes of pure gold goodness, burnt ends are brisket pieces smoked overnight, cubed, wood grill charred and sautéed in Smokejack’s KC sauce. Run, don’t walk, to get your hands on ‘em! If you somehow managed to save room for dessert, the banana pudding and Coca-Cola cake are worth every little succulent southern calorie.
The smell of oak welcomes you upon first step into the lodge-like Loyal Q & Brew. This delicious spot that has over 300 bourbons, 50 craft beers on tap and BBQ to simply die for. These pitmasters smoke locally source meats and marinate them with in-house dry rubs that are perfect on their own, but also pair nicely with the Q’s savory sauce selections. For a life altering experience, order The Gamechanger Sandwich – a brioche bun topped with sliced brisket perfection PLUS smoke house sausage, fresh jalapenos and home-made pickled onions. Need speedy service? Order off their iPad’s for a quick grab-and-go meal!
4) EM Bop
For an out-of-the-box BBQ experience, head over to EM Bop Korean BBQ. Not only can you push your palate to the limits with this authentic Asian delicacy, but you cook your own meat on their state-of-the-art smokeless grills, right at your table! Choose from beef, pork, chicken or seafood for a self-guided BBQ adventure. The kimchi pancake and bimbimbop (rice bowls) are spot on.
5) Truck & Tap
Located in the heart of Downtown Alpharetta, Truck & Tap offers a rotating lineup of food trucks so everyday is a new experience – and flavor! While they bring in a variety of trucks offering everything from lobster rolls, NY-style pizza and Asian-fusion cuisine, they have three regular trucks specializing in BBQ bites!
• ANGELFIRE7 Food Truck serves up some heavenly smoked goodness. This truck puts out pulled pork, brisket, chicken wings, ribs, smoked sausage and does specialty orders of flank steak and salmon. Make sure to get the side of Hawaiian coleslaw!
• Smokin’ Mo’s BBQ Food Truck’s goal is “perfecting the art of good ‘ol fashioned smoked Georgia BBQ” and specializes in hickory slow smoked brisket, pork, chicken, and ribs.
• The Royal Pig BBQ Food Truck provides simple, wholesome, locally sourced smoked pork BBQ. Serving rib plates, pulled pork meals, sliders and tacos all smoked exclusively on a Big Green Egg grill.
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