There are spots in Atlanta where it's easy to find great meat amid the mayhem, of course. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q was among the first in the area to offer beef brisket, along with a sideshow of sides like the Tomminator and Frito pie. Community Q in Decatur has some of the best pulled pork and beef brisket in the area, but I'd go there just for the four-cheese mac and cheese. B's Cracklin' Barbecue probably comes closest to mimicking the 'cue joints of my youth (here's to its Atlanta location reopening soon), but it offers so much more than just pulled pork sandwiches.
Who serves barbecue — and how — is a formidable imprint on the South’s history, and these varied offerings are serving up a new chapter.
King Barbecue’s Red Pozole
This Mexican soup is part of the offerings at Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere's King Barbecue, recently reopened inside Savi Provisions on Pharr Road. The chile peppers can be found at the DeKalb Farmers Market or the Buford Highway Farmers Market. Doty and Gummere recommend squeezing a splash of fresh lime juice over the soup just before serving to brighten and deepen the flavor.
Sweet Auburn’s Wok-Fired Green Beans, which are on the menu at the Poncey-Highland location, are a side dish with an Asian touch. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS
Sweet Auburn’s Wok-Fired Green Beans
Brother-and-sister team Howard and Anita Hsu marry Southern barbecue with their Asian roots at Sweet Auburn BBQ, and these easy-to-make green beans — on the menu at their Poncey-Highland location — are a testament to just how tasty that union can be.
You can enjoy Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Brisket Chili as a meal, or as a layer of Frito pie. CONTRIBUTED BY FOX BROS. BAR-B-Q
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Brisket Chili
For their famous Frito pie, Jonathan and Justin Fox make this Texas-style brisket chili. Layer with Fritos and cheese of your choice to make a kickin' side dish, or a whole meal.
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