It's National Barbecue Month, Y'all
'Cause if you like it, then you should put a rub on it.
May is a great month. Mostly because it's National Barbecue Month, and there's no better place to get your BBQ on than in the south. Gwinnett has some pretty amazing BBQ options, but we're unique, because not only do we have traditional southern barbecue, but we also have Korean variations.
So, here's your guide to enjoying this mouthwatering month. Let's start with a few traditional BBQ joints.
1. Foggy Bottom BBQ (Lawrenceville) You may recognize Foggy Bottom BBQ from Atlanta Eats. Their new location in downtown Lawrenceville is serving up favorites like BBQ nachos and Brunswick stew. Try Foggy's Brisket Signature, house made pimento cheese and smokes brisket.
2. Dreamland BBQ (Duluth) You can't talk about BBQ without talking about Dreamland. They’re known for their hickory smoked pork spare ribs. Be sure to finish your meal with their famous banana pudding.
3. Praise the Lard (Buford) At Praise the Lard, you'll find the classic BBQ offerings, including pulled pork, baby back ribs and brisket. They also offer great specials, like cured corned beef and BBQ meatloaf. Their specials run out quick, and are only offered on certain days and occasions, so keep up with them on Facebook.
4. Tipsy Pig BBQ (Lilburn) "Where the swine is fine." That's the slogan of this barbecue maven. You can get great pulled pork with all the traditional fixin's, like collard greens, brunswick stew and baked beans. Tipsy Pig was listed in Zagat's must-try OTP barbecue spots in Atlanta, so be sure to add it to your list.
5. Smokemasters Ribs N' Pollo (Lilburn) Your Facebook friends have spoken. Smokemasters has 5 stars, which is pretty impressive. The menu includes rib tips and brisket, as well as chicken, which seems to be the star of the show.
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6. 770 Korean BBQ (Suwanee) Quality and authenticity is what you'll find at 770. Their real charcoal grills give the meat a scrumptious smoky flavor. Their all-you-can-eat options are the best way to try the most meats.
7. K-BBQ Factory (Duluth) K-BBQ Factory has proven to be a huge hit since it opened. The quality of their meat is exemplary. When I eat there, I opt for the beef, and every bite melts in my mouth. This stop is a bit pricier, but it's worth every penny.
8. The Stone Grill (Duluth) A Korean BBQ staple, The Stone Grill offers an authentic, exciting dining experience. Your BBQ is accompanied by all the traditional Korean side dishes, like soup and pickled vegetables. Meats are cooked right at your table, so they're fresh and hot when they hit your palate. Enjoy some K-Pop tunes while you eat.
9. Breaker's (Duluth) Breaker's has earned a name for itself in the culinary community, which is why I'm including it here. The restaurant's been featured on Atlanta Eats, and was also included in Atlanta Magazine's 50 Best Restaurants in Atlanta. Try the marinated beef short rib or the beef bulgogi.
I know, I know. We could make a list ten times this size with all the places that serve great BBQ in Gwinnett, but this should get you started. Comment below with your favorite places to grab some 'cue.