Last weekend we took advantage of some unseasonably cooler weather and drove the family truckster up to the picturesque town of Blue Ridge in the North Georgia mountains to sample the TripAdvisor #1 rated bbq joint in America, Joe’s BBQ.
As a Kansas City native (now living in Atlanta) and having resided in Memphis briefly, I am a bit of a BBQ snob, here is my review.
Joe’s is in Blue Ridge, GA, a pleasant 1.5 hour mostly highway drive from Atlanta.
Blue Ridge is a one stop light, single street town well past it’s heyday of yesteryear. The town adapted and is now a tourist destination, with knick-knack and boutique shops. It is also home to the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.
The service was awesome. Joe himself was there hosting and helping.
The meat was favorable and moist (hate that word). I would have liked the smoke to penetrate the meat a bit more, but it still had excellent flavor.
I was a bit disappointed with the sides. The mac & cheese was ordinary, but good. The beans in my opinion had too strong of an onion taste.
Joe’s has 4 sauces:
Mild — My favorite and Memphis style
Spicy — Memphis style with a bit of kick
Mom’s — Carolina style
Hot — Tabasco style
We had 2 pork platters plus drinks and 2 kid meals which cost $35.74 ($41.10 with tip).
The Best In America?
Overall, Joe’s is easily the best BBQ joint I have eaten in Georgia and I will be back. The best in America though, no I don’t think so.
Next month I am headed to KC for a BBQ pilgrimage. Be on the lookout for a review of the TripAdvisor #2 rated BBQ joint, ironically named Joe’s as well and my personal favorite. We’ll also be having a sauce giveaway on the blog!
Adam S. is a contributor to Point Me to the Plane, former airline pilot and now corporate pilot. He is also a huge astronomy geek.