This is an extended version of the list we published here.

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Restaurant                                        Score  Percentage Approval
Fresh Air, Jackson GA and Macon GA                 55.0       93.7%
Harolds, McDonough Blvd, Lakewood GA               23.0       82.9%
Sam and Daves BBQ1, Marietta, GA                   16.5       88.1%
Fatt Matts, Atl                                    14.5       67.1%
Fincher's, Houston Ave, Macon                      13.5       86.1%
Fox Brothers BBQ, DeKalb Ave                       12.0      100.0%
Two Brothers BBQ, Ballground                       12.0       87.5%
Swallow in the Hollow, Roswell                     11.0       91.7%
Dean's, Jonesboro                                  10.0      100.0%
Hudson's Hickory House, US 78, Douglasville        10.0      100.0%
JJ's Rib Shack, Campbellton Road                   10.0       91.7%
Sconyers, Augusta GA                               10.0      100.0%
Vandy's, Statesboro                                10.0       85.7%
Old Clinton's BBQ, between Macon and Gray           9.0      100.0%
Johnny's, Gainsville                                8.0      100.0%
Old Hickory House, Tucker                           8.0      100.0%
Slopes                                              8.0       83.3%
Chester's, Columbus                                 7.0      100.0%
Smokey Pig, Columbus                                7.0      100.0%
Macon Road BBQ, 1-185, Columbus                     7.0      100.0%
Williamson Brothers, Marietta                       7.0       70.6%
BBQ Shack, Toccoa                                   6.0      100.0%
Brinsons BBQ, near Savannah                         6.0      100.0%
Holcombe's BBQ, White Plains                        6.0      100.0%
Sprayberry's, Newnan                                6.0       63.6%
Zebs, Hwy 29, between Danielsville and Royston      6.0       87.5%
Brick Pit, Peachtree Industrial, Chamblee           5.0      100.0%
GA Pig, Brunswick                                   5.0       85.7%
KC Pitt BBQ, Sandy Springs                          5.0       85.7%
One Star Ranch, Buckhead or Alpharetta              5.0      100.0%
Smokehouse, Oakwood GA                              5.0      100.0%
Maddies, Scott Boulevard                            4.5       78.6%
Old South, Windy Hill, Smyrna                       4.5       72.2%
Hickory Pig, Gainsville GA                          4.0      100.0%
Jim and Nicks                                       4.0       83.3%
Paul's BBQ, Lexington GA                            4.0      100.0%
Piggy Park, Thomaston                               4.0      100.0%
Pooles Real Pit BBQ, Ellijay                        4.0       66.7%
Spiced Right, Roswell                               4.0       83.3%
Stinson's BBQ, near Millen                          4.0      100.0%
Zeiglers BBQ, Acworth                               4.0      100.0%
Beachcomber, St. Simons Island                      3.0      100.0%
Cafe Pig, Peachtree City                            3.0      100.0%
Dusty's, near Emory -Clifton and Briarcliff         3.0       66.7%
Harry's BBQ, Claxton GA US 280                      3.0      100.0%
Heavy's, Crawfordville                              3.0      100.0%
Southern Soul BBQ, St. Simons                       3.0      100.0%
Jot 'EM Down, Athens, GA                            3.0      100.0%
Mad Dog's BBQ, Conyers                              3.0      100.0%
Mike and Ed's, Columbus                             3.0      100.0%
Oinkers, Clayton GA                                 3.0      100.0%
Pig and Chick, Peachtree Industrial Road            3.0       71.4%
Pig in a Pit, Bass Road, Macon                      3.0      100.0%
Purvis, Louisville GA                               3.0      100.0%
Rib Country, Blairsville                            3.0      100.0%
Rib Ranch, Marietta                                 3.0      100.0%
Satterfield's, Macon                                3.0       80.0%
Scott's BBQ, Cochran                                3.0      100.0%
Scott's Walk up BBQ, Cartersville                   3.0      100.0%
Spiced Right, Lilburn                               3.0       80.0%
White Diamond BBQ, Bonaire                          3.0      100.0%

Scoring is described in the older article. In summary, each restaurant gets a point for a single approval noted in the AJC thread. A neutral response nets a half point. A negative response nets -1 point. Percentages are calculated via scoring 1 point for positive and a half point for a neutral response divided by the total number of votes of any kind (times 100).

Some comments are worth noting. Score isn’t nearly as important as reading the thread and finding restaurants that fit your personal style. My family found Mad Dog’s BBQ in Conyers by noting the raving people did over their smoked ribs. Although 50 people liked Fresh Air, you may not. Although Louis Grizzard liked Sprayberries in Newnan, a lot of people didn’t like it. Individual tastes are too different for me to tell any one person what they personally will like. Each individual has to be their own judge.

There was a long and interesting post in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution blog that people answered for days and weeks, giving their opinions of what the best barbecue in Georgia is. I took some time, read every post, scored every favorable comment, every negative comment, and every eh, it’s ok comment. Coming up with a score based on the comments, I rank the best of Georgia as so:

Fresh Air, Jackson GA and Macon GA                 55.0  93.7%
Harolds, McDonough Blvd, Lakewood GA               23.0  82.9%
Sam and Daves BBQ1, Marietta, GA                   16.5  88.1%
Fatt Matts, Atl                                    14.5  67.1%
Fincher's, Houston Ave, Macon                      13.5  86.1%
Fox Brothers BBQ, DeKalb Ave                       12.0 100.0%
Two Brothers BBQ, Ballground                       12.0  87.5%
Swallow in the Hollow, Roswell                     11.0  91.7%
Dean's, Jonesboro                                  10.0 100.0%
Hudson's Hickory House, US 78, Douglasville        10.0 100.0%
JJ's Rib Shack, Campbellton Road                   10.0  91.7%
Sconyers, Augusta GA                               10.0 100.0%
Vandy's, Statesboro                                10.0  85.7%

The first number after the name of the restaurant is the score, which is a point for each positive vote, 1/2 point for a ok vote and -1 for a negative vote. The percentage is the percentage of favorable votes, expressed as a point for a positive vote, 1/2 point for a negative vote and that total divided by all votes for the restaurant. We would have simply left this as the top 10, but 9-13 were a tie, so far as we were concerned, so we’ve posted the top 13. If you want to know more about individual restaurants, please read the accompanying link.