TRUE 'CUE GA
Georgia's barbecue pedigree is not as pure bred as places like North Carolina; the Peach State has an eclectic barbecue history. Still, true 'cue connoisseurs in Georgia recognize and appreciate traditional cooking methods. This page is your gateway to finding restaurants in Georgia that serve real barbecue cooked the old fashioned way.
While this page is under construction, please learn more about Georgia's barbecue traditions and restaurants by visiting the Georgia BBQ Trails site.
To qualify for True ‘Cue GA certification, a restaurant must meet the following criteria:
Be located in Georgia.
Cook the barbecue using wood coals or charcoal as the sole heat source.
Avoid electricity, gas or any other non-wood heat source for the barbecue other than to ignite the wood, to keep the finished barbecue warm, or to re-heat the finished barbecue.
Serve the barbecue on site at the location where it is cooked (exceptions may exist for food trucks and other mobile purveyors, but a restaurant that serves barbecue cooked by another business does not qualify).
Offer regular business hours, with barbecue available on the menu regularly (at least monthly).
Provide a sauce or dip that is regionally appropriate.
Sadly, there are relatively few restaurants in Georgia that meet these basic standards and serve True ‘Cue (out of scores of barbecue restaurants across the state). We need your help to change this. Please take THE PLEDGE, steer clear of faux ‘cue when possible, and patronize True ‘Cue GA-certified restaurants.
To the best of our knowledge, these restaurants serve barbecue that meets the True ‘Cue GA criteria:
Bar-B-Que Shack, 4568 Highway 17, Eastanollee, Georgia 30538. 706.886.7440
BBQ Barn, 290 W Franklin Street, Lavonia, Georgia 30553. 706.356.2841
Crowe’s Bar-B-Que, Hwy 441 1320 Eatonton Road, Madison, Georgia 30650. 706.342.7002
Fincher’s Bar-B-Q, 3947 Houston Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31206. 478.788.1900
Holy Smokes BBQ & Catering, 402 Industrial Boulevard, Dublin, Georgia 31021. 478.272.7427
Hot Thomas' Barbeque, 3753 Greensboro Highway, Watkinsville, Georgia 30677. 706.769.6550
Lovies BBQ, 3420 Piedmont Rd NE Atlanta, Georgia 30305. 404.254.2848
Sanders Down Home Barbeque and Soul Food, 3078 Elberton Road, Highway 77, Vesta, Georgia 30627. 678.637.1649
Shadetree BBQ, 111 Old Montgomeryville Road NE, Milledgeville, Georgia 31061. 478.451.0117
Smitty's Family Restaurant and Bar-B-Que, 20171 Highway 59, Carnesville, Georgia 30521. 706.384.2244
Southern Heritage Bar-B-Que, 2276 Veterans Boulevard, Dublin, Georgia 31021. 478.275.4304
Washington Food Market BBQ, 1010 E Robert Toombs Avenue, Washington, Georgia 30673. 706.678.2233
If you think you know a restaurant that meets the True 'Cue GA criteria, let us know. If you think a place on the list now cooks with gas or electricity, drop us a line at email@example.com and we’ll check it out (we don’t want to start a flame war, so to speak).