Meat lovers: Get ready for the ultimate guide to Atlanta barbecue

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The Atlanta barbecue scene is smokin’ these days. In our Spring Dining Guide, we explore how Atlanta has emerged as a serious barbecue city.The Guide highlights nearly three dozen barbecue joints that represent a variety of traditional and hybrid styles. And it shines a spotlight on the pitmasters, who lend their personal touch to everything from pulled pork, to brisket to ribs. (Video by Ryon Horne/AJC)

Apologies to the vegetarians in the house -- the 2019 AJC Spring Dining Guide is (mostly) for the meat lovers.

Starting Friday, the AJC food and dining team will guide you to more than 36 places in Georgia for smoked meats, tasty sides, sweet pies — even Brunswick Stew.

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Chicken and ribs cooking on the titular brick pit at Old Brick Pit BBQ.

Chicken and ribs cooking on the titular brick pit at Old Brick Pit BBQ.

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Chicken and ribs cooking on the titular brick pit at Old Brick Pit BBQ.

Meet Georgia pitmasters with a passion for their craft, and learn why Atlanta is on the national barbecue radar.

Check it all out this week at ajc.com/barbecue.