What Are The Most Popular BBQ Restaurants In Georgia?

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There are few ways to take in the impending arrival of scorching summer heat quite like cracking open a succulent rack of ribs topped with sweet and tangy sauces.  

In the state of Georgia, the favorite BBQ joints spread from the lowlands of the east to the hills of the Alabama state line.  

BetGeorgia.com got hungry and stepped away from Georgia sports betting to talk BBQ.

With National BBQ Month kicking off on Monday, it’s worth noting that the Peach State ranked as the sixth-best state for BBQ according to WorldPopulationReview. Some of the most popular BBQ spots in Georgia include Community BBQ and Zombie Pig BBQ. 

Top Georgia BBQ Restaurants By Search Volume

BetGeorgia.com utilized Google Trends to calculate the most popular BBQ restaurants by search volume from May 1st, 2022, until September 6th, 2022. The BBQ restaurants chosen were determined by BestThingsGA. 

Here is what we found:

RankRestaurantLocationSearch Volume
1Community Q BBQDecatur, GA52%
2SmokejackAlpharetta, GA27%
3Grand Champion BBQMilton, GA & Smyrna, GA12%
4Zombie Pig BBQColumbus, GA6%
5Southern Soul BarbequeSt. Simons Island, GA3%

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Which BBQ Joints Stand Out In Georgia?

In terms of Google Trends search interest, Decatur’s Community Q BBQ and Alpharetta’s Smokejack BBQ are the far and away winners in the state.  

The former garnered a whopping 52% of search interest, while the latter finished at 27% (more than twice the figure No. 3 Grand Champion BBQ of Milton and Smyrna finished with).  

Community Q, which is a northeast Atlanta suburban BBQ joint, finished with an incredible 52% of all Google Trends search volume, finishing with a higher percentage than the final three places on the list combined.  

Those three included Grand Champion BBQ, Zombie Pig BBQ of Columbus and St. Simons Island’s Southern Soul Barbeque.  

That trio finished with 12%, 6% and 3% of search volume, respectively, closing out the top-five most searched for BBQ places in the Peach State.  

None of them could hold a candle to Community Q BBQ and Smokejack BBQ, though, who finished the far-and-away people’s champion for barbecue in Georgia for 2023.  

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Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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