TripAdvisor.com rated Georgia the number one state for BBQ in 2014. In 2015, Joe’s BBQ in Blue Ridge captured the honor of Best BBQ in America. Sufficed to say, Georgia’s got some great ‘que.
How to Find the Best BBQ in Georgia
The problem with great BBQ joints however, is they aren’t always the easiest to find. The best ones are usually a little off the main drag. When on a road trip, our family generally consults Yelp to find a place nearby. After consulting the reviews, the final decision on whether to visit usually rests with the sign outside. If it doesn’t have a pig on it, we question the food quality.
The Brews and Q’s Passport to Flavor
There’s always the Best of Lists too. We’ve found tasty establishments, like Joe’s, based on those lists, and then seek them out when we are in the area. Georgia’s Historic Heartland has gone a step further. They’ve created a Brews & Q’s BBQ Trail. What a brilliant idea! The trail features 30 locally owned locations in 14 counties and each restaurant is listed in an easy to use brochure that serves as your passport to flavor. Many of these country kitchens have been featured on various TV shows and have won awards from numerous outlets. Get it stamped at each place and once you’ve visited a third of the sites (or 10 locations), you can mail in the passport to receive a free Brews & Q’s t-shirt. Download a brochure and get started on a delicious tour through Georgia’s heartland.
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What: Causey BBQ Sauce
Where: Vienna,Georgia & Smyrna, Georgia
Who: The Causey Family
The Story: John Causey had always played around with the grill and enjoyed barbecuing as a hobby. In 1984, John became part of a BBQ cooking team called the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department and began preparation to compete in the Big Pig Jig in Vienna, Georgia. John set out to create his own vinegar based barbecue sauce for this competition and from that, Causey’s Original sauce was born. John served as chief cook of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department from 1984 – 1995, traveling all over the South competing in barbecue competitions and winning numerous awards. However, it was over a decade later when Causey Foods, Inc. was established. John’s daughter Wynn Bakke was an event planner in Atlanta for 15 years. When she left her event planning career to have children, Wynn decided to approach her dad about marketing his award winning BBQ sauces. With his sauce-making skills and Wynn’s business background and the help of Wynn’s mother (Lady Causey) and husband (Pete Bakke), Causey foods was officially created in 2009. Today, the company is located in Smyrna Georgia and the sauce is made in Hoboken, Georgia.
You can purchase Causey sauces at http://www.causeyfoods.com/ and at 75 retail locations (see locations here).
Tip: Pack a cooler and stop off on I-75 to fill up with world championship BBQ, sides and sauces at the Causey family restaurant, Good to Go. You can drive through and pick up food or walk in and pick up food – they even have picnic tables outside for travelers in need of some BBQ on their long drive! The official address is 925 E. Union Street Vienna, GA 31092. They’re open Thursday – Saturday from 11am – 2pm & 4pm – 8pm. Call 229-268-8646 for more information.
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