When it comes to brisket, we’ve all been spoiled by our moms, grandmas, great-grandmas, aunts and other kitchen-savvy relatives. The recipes are secret and passed down from generation to generation.
The same care and confidentiality goes into barbecue, especially in the South. Atlanta is lucky to have several acclaimed barbecue restaurants serving crave-worthy brisket all year long.
Whether you eat brisket at your family’s dining room table or on a restaurant’s outdoor patio, this food will feed a crowd and please Jewish families and Southerners alike. If you have an inkling for BBQ this summer season, look to this list for the best barbecue brisket Atlanta has to offer.
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
At Fox Bros. (1238 DeKalb Ave., near Little Five Points; www.foxbrosbbq.com), you can have your brisket your way. You pick the sides and whether you want
brisket served on a salad, sandwich or plate. (Side of choice: a basket of tots, aka tater tots.) The one thing you can’t choose is the portion size. Any way you slice it, your brisket meal will fill you for the day. Owners/chefs Jonathan and Justin Fox are also the hosts of the Taste of Atlanta Friday night kickoff, so try their internationally known BBQ before the big event in October.
DAS BBQ (1203 Collier Road, Midtown; www.dasbbq.com) is the new kid on the BBQ block, but the restaurant’s reputation for stellar service and mouthwatering brisket is on the rise. Order a plate or sandwich or brisket on its own and top it off with any of the restaurant’s homemade sauces. Balance out the heaviness of the meat with a side of vinegar-style coleslaw and a cup of homemade iced tea. It’s the perfect summer bite.
Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q
With locations in Conyers, Hiram, Acworth, Smyrna, Snellville, Suwanee and Forsyth, Jim ’N Nick’s (www.jimnnicks.com) likely is near your neck of the woods. Jim ’N Nick’s smokes its brisket for 12 hours, then slices the meat to order. Load up the plate with some trimmings, like the fresh-cut french fries, for the ultimate meal of Southern indulgence.
Originating in Florida, 4Rivers (822 Marietta St., West Midtown; 4rsmokehouse.com/locations/atlanta-coming-2017) is climbing up from the border for its first Atlanta brick-and-mortar. The restaurant is just days away from opening. The restaurant is family-owned and specializes in 30-day-aged brisket. Rumor has it that you can smell the smoking down the street.
Love this list of BBQ joints? Taste them all at Taste of Atlanta 2017 from Oct. 20 to 22 at Historic Fourth Ward Park, across from Ponce City Market. For more information or tickets, visit TasteofAtlanta.com, and follow the festival on Facebook (Taste of Atlanta), Instagram (@tasteofatlanta) and Twitter (@tasteofatlanta).
Skye Estroff is the marketing and media manager for Atlanta’s largest food festival, Taste of Atlanta. She is an Atlanta native, a University of Georgia grad and an expert in Atlanta’s best food.