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Fox Bros Bar-B-Q #atlanta #bbq #foodiefriday

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Since I love BBQ, a friend told me that I have to try this place in Atlanta called Fox Bros Bar-B-Q.

As far as I was concerned, I had a fave BBQ spot in Atlanta already, but he convinced me that I should try Fox Bros.

When we went, it was raining and the place was packed. It was surprising that we were able to find a parking space.

We put our name on the list to get a table. It was a 45 minutes – 1 hour wait. We were told we could order takeout and it would be ready in 15 to 20 minutes. We opted for that. We were hungry and ready to get to the hotel.

Between the two of us we ordered ribs, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and a side of jalapeños cornbread. For dessert, I had some of their banana pudding.

My fave BBQ join in ATL is Daddy Dz, but I must admit the BBQ here is just as good.

It is a major plus that I could eat the pulled pork without sauce. It was not dry and was full of the smoky flavor associated with the slow cooking process. 

The macaroni and cheese used shell pasta instead of elbows which was unconventional but still tasty. The shells held more cheesy goodness. 

The banana pudding was good but I wish i could have had more cookies on the side. I don’t like soggy cookies in my banana pudding.

They have so many delicious sounding items in the menu, I feel like I have to return so I can order some of the other stuff. Stuffed jalepeno poppers? Jalepenos stuffed with pulled pork and cream cheese.  Yum!!!

Do I recommend? Yes! It’s worth going to try their BBQ. You won’t be disappointed. Be prepared to wait or order take out.

How to get there:

1238 Dekalb Ave, Atlanta GA 30307
404.577.4030
http://www.foxbrosbbq.com

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Festival of Discovery – Greenwood SC

It does not take a math genius to know that the formula Good People + Good BBQ = GOOD TIME!

At the Festival of Discovery, the focus is all about tasting the best BBQ. Cooks from the surrounding areas have come together to participate in the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned event. The goal of KCBS is to showcase BBQ and promote those who love to BBQ. Across the US, there are KCBS sanctioned events and participants can receive points for their placement in each competition. Some people only compete at the events in their local area. Others will travel hours to compete. If a team travels the KCBS circuit and enters different local competitions, they can accumulate enough points to have the opportunity to get invited to national premier events like the Jack Daniels Invitational competition.

The KCBS judges take their job seriously. They make sure that all the rules are followed to ensure a fair competition for the $20,000 in prize money. There is a 10 minute window to turn in food for each competition category. Even one second outside of the window, disqualifies the entrant team for that particular competition.

In the past, categories that were judged were hash, chicken, brisket, ribs, pulled pork, potato salad, and a category called “Anything But”. In the “Anything But” category, the submission could be anything but BBQ. For this, one team submitted New England Style clam chowder. Not what you would expect at the BBQ competition, but it goes to show that these cooks are versatile in their culinary abilities.

No gas grills allowed. These grills and smokers use wood and charcoal only. Many of the grilling teams prefer a blend of apple and hickory wood.

How does someone get to the point where they want to compete in one of these competitions? I talked to a few teams to learn more about this type of competition.

One team captain was Chip Youngblood of CD’s BBQ and More. His love of cooking dates back to the days when he was 8 years old watching his parents working at the family own business Somebody’s House in Hodges SC. I like that his team reflects his family oriented origins because his wife, children and grandchildren were all there on the team helping in any way they can. See picture below for some shots at his cooking station.

CD’s BBQ and More is one of the original 7 teams that started participated 12 years ago when the Festival of Discovery was formed. He has seen the competition grow from 7 teams to almost 80 teams in 2012. And after about 4 hours of setup, Youngblood is ready to start cooking.

This is not the only place where he competes either. He has awards from other competitions:

2009 Piedmont Blues & Hash Bash (Abbeville, SC) 1st place Hash 2010 Piedmont Blues & Hash Bash (Abbeville, SC) 2nd place Hash 2010 Piedmont Blues & Hash Bash (Abbeville, SC) 3rd place Overall team Michelob Ultra Invitational Rib Cookoff 2nd place

When it was time for food submissions and Taster’s Choice competitions, there were so many complimentary comments made by tasters. I overheard one person say, “That is the best piece of meat I ever had in my mouth.” Another person commented on the “smokiness” and “tenderness” of the meat. In my opinion, the meat had a mild flavor. The meat was tender and fell off of the bone (just the way I like it). It tasted like a balanced blended mix of seasoning and smoky flavor. But even with all the seasoning, the meat could not be considered to have spicy heat.

Overall, there were a lot of talented BBQ cooks at the Festival of Discovery and I enjoyed trying the different styles of BBQ. I will be in line the second weekend in the next July for more delicious BBQ. I will make sure to look for Chip Youngblood for a BBQ plate also. Super yummy.

http://www.festivalofdiscovery.com

http://www.kcbs.us/index.php