It's been weeks since I officially moved back to Atlanta and one thing I must admit is that I miss Texas barbeque! No state does brisket like Texas does brisket. But even so, it doesn't deter us or stop our conquest for decent BBQ in Georgia.
After a long morning of climbing in unexpected 30-degree weather at Boat Rock Preserve, the cravings for barbeque hit us instantly. As we started driving back into the city, we frantically consulted Google Maps for nearby barbeque joints along our route. And that is how we found ourselves at the rustic Sweet Auburn BBQ.
We started off our meal with an order of brisket poutine which we found to be quite tasty. The brisket poutine is essentially a stew of fries smothered in gravy, cheese, onions, and bits of chopped brisket. The onions added a crunchy texture that contrasted nicely against the gravy-drenched fries and brisket. It was a definite contender for warming the stomach after having wind-frozen face all morning.
For our main platter, we decided on sharing a pound of brisket and three sides which included mac' n cheese, 420 borracho baked beans, and Sweet Auburn's award-winning Chomp and Stomp chili. For my husband, his favorite side was the chili. The chili is dark, meaty, and has a bit of a lingering spiciness to it. For me, the baked beans were the standout. The not-so-secret ingredient is the addition of Sweetwater 420 which resulted in aromatic, creamy, and subtly sweet beans.
While the Texas-style brisket may not have struck as prodigious, with its flavorful rubs and sauces, it still satisfied. I personally prefer my brisket extra-moist and fatty; however, lean-meat lovers will find the brisket very much to their likings.
For dessert, we all shared a giant praline basket. Our beautiful praline basket housed scoops of High Road bourbon ice cream topped with strawberries, whip, crème anglaise, and chocolate sauce. The only thing you need to know about this dessert (other than the fact that it was delicious) is that it essentially negated all of the climbing we did that morning.
Although the brisket didn't win my heart completely, with so many other aspects of our meal surprising us in good ways, I wouldn't hesitate to return to Sweet Auburn BBQ to try new dishes.
Have you been to Sweet Auburn BBQ before? Or do you know of any other great BBQ joints in the metro Atlanta area? How were your experiences there? Let me know in the comments!