It’s in a Publix shopping center, after a considerable drive from highway 400. My path? Take Holcombe Bridge to Warsaw Road. That road becomes Norcross Street. Turn left at Alpharetta Street. Stay on this road. It will become Marietta Street, then Pine Grove Road, and then eventually Shallowford. After a long period of passing subdivisions, a Publix sign will appear on your right. Turn in there.

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The sign almost doesn’t exist, just a red “BBQ” near a S shaped zigzag in the strip mall. Inside, however, is very neat and clean, and encouraging is that their card says they travel with their competition gear. And once the food arrives, and you get a smell of it, you know you’re in for a treat.

Ribs? Excellent, both smoky and tender. The pulled pork had a bark, smoke ring, and smoky flavor. Brisket? Smoke ring, tender, smoky flavor. Everything was smoked, everything was good. Even the chicken was clearly smoky and delicious.

Upshot? This is BBQ on the same class and caliber as Fox, Heirloom, and Big Shanty. Yeah, the sauces aren’t stellar – the mustard sauce has the better flavor, in my opinion, but runs a little thin – but these meats don’t need sauce. The two sides I tried were good. I liked the sour notes in the greens I had.

An hour after I ate, the smell of the smoke was still on my hands.

Highly recommended. This is a primo BBQ eatery.

Grand Champion BBQ
4401 Shallowford Road
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 587-4227

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