A Macon staple since 1935, Fincher’s savory smoked fare and signature sauce is the first of its kind to leave orbit, traveling on two separate space missions at the request of an astronaut. Topping the streamlined menu is the barbecue pig, a classic chopped-pork sandwich ($2.28), which pairs perfectly with french fries ($1.59) or a cup of brunswick stew ($1.10). The chicken plate ($6.85) unites a half pound of the prized protein with fries, slaw, and buns. For fall-off-the-bone goodness, sample the slow-cooked St. Louis rib plate ($7.99), accompanied by three sides and a succession of satisfied lip smacks.
Fresh Air Bar-B-Que's owners, David and George Barber, preserve family recipes passed down by their grandfather and continue to slow-cook barbecue pork, Brunswick stew, and a menu steeped in traditional Southern flavor harking back to the restaurant’s 1929 founding.
The Yontz Family of Glenn's Bar-B-Que prepares its slow-cooked, hickory-smoked meats without sauce, using time-honored family recipes for superlative grilling. Antique street signs and farming tools rest atop the restaurant's large picture windows as pairs or quads of diners peruse Glenn's equally timeless menu, picking a basket of chicken fingers ($5.65), cheese stix ($6.25), or fried pickles ($5.85) to begin their repast. After flipping fried pickles airily into mouths, diners can lounge in elevated, cloth-backed booths and feast on dinner plates of smoked pork, chicken, or other meatstuffs, paired with sides such as homeade barbecue beans and cole slaw ($4.75/pt, $7.45/qt). A half-pound ($11.75) or full pound ($13.75) of ribs rests its framework upon large plates before feeding meat-loving fingertips and bibs their evening supper.
The mouthwatering menu at Smokey Bones stars a succulent spread of barbecued bliss, including hand-pulled pork that is hickory smoked for 11 hours each night ($10.99/platter) and a slow-smoked beef brisket that marinates for up to an entire day ($11.99/platter). Begin edible explorations with a sauce-proof map and a slice of skillet cornbread spread with honey-pecan butter ($5.99) before climbing a high-piled plate of smokehouse chicken––a fire-grilled, double chicken breast doused in bourbon-barbecue sauce with melted cheddar-jack cheese, peppered bacon slices, and crispy onion straws ($8.99). Like a forgetful butcher, the stacked baked potato uncovers meat in unlikely places, pilling pulled pork or beef brisket atop a loaded baked potato ($7.79), and baby-back ribs are fire-grilled to order and topped with a choice of brown-sugar glaze, original sauce, or Memphis-style dry rub ($17.99/half-rack, $20.98/whole).
After several years in the corporate world, Shane's Rib Shack's founder, Shane Thompson, exchanged his necktie for an apron slathered in barbecue sauce. The decision came after reflecting on his grandfather's advice to follow his heart. Along with this guidance, Dewey "Big Dad" Brown shared his secret barbecue-sauce recipe, which now cloaks beef, chicken, and pork at Shane's Rib Shack restaurants across the country. At each eatery, cooks slowly smoke meats and chop them by hand to craft dishes that have been featured on Better Morning Atlanta. Catering services tote supplies to parties, company picnics, and attempts to prove how flimsy a rival carpenter’s tables are.
Memphis BBQ Grill's head chef channels the barbecuing traditions of his native Memphis as he pilots a culinary team in crafting a menu dappled with smoked turkey, pulled pork, and Texas-style beef brisket. Meal-prefacing portions of barbecue baked potatoes ($5.99) arrive cradling barbecued pork, beef, or chicken in a starchy satchel. Sandwiches bridge bun halves with pulled pork ($5.99 for large), chicken ($6.49 for large), and suspension cables. Gastronomic gurus baste smoked turkey slices ($8.99) before suspending them over open flames, and beef brisket ($11.79 for a large order) lounges for 18 hours over immolating hickory wood.