REVIEW: Smokin’ Po Boys BBQ, Winder, Barrow County
Yes, Melanie and I love our BBQ. And yes, we write about BBQ a heck of lot specially in the summertime when it just seems like BBQ goes with every meal like sweet tea does. The dilemma is finding some really good Q. Now we’ve got our favorites, but living in the sticks means you have to drive a long way to get what you want sometimes.
One of our more popular stories for 2016 has been our list of Top 10 BBQ Restaurants in Atlanta and as soon as we ran the story, we began to get emails and comments from the Winder faithful about Smokin’ Po Boys BBQ. Ok, we get it – so we made our way up Hwy 81 and onto Winder.
Smokin’ Po Boys BBQ opens at 5pm on the weeknights but when we showed up at 6pm and were told they were already out of ribs, you can imagine our disappointment. We made due though with Melanie ordering the smoked chicken with potato salad and baked beans, and I ordered the hot wings, pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans, and Brunswick Stew. Both meals come with Texas-style garlic buttered bread.
There are five sauces, from sissy to spicy, each with their own flavor and style. I was looking for something that was mustard and/or vinegar based and Sassy was close to that but not quite what I was looking for. I think most people will end up enjoying Sissy or Sweety, while those looking for a bolder flavor will enjoy Spicy as I did.
This meat is smoky – I mean powerful smoky. Even with wings taste smoky. It’s a strong and pervasive flavor that finds its way into everything they serve even the sides. The sides were some of the best sides we’ve ever had at a BBQ joint. The Brunswick Stew was rich and beefy, hardly like any Brunswick Stew you will ever find.
It’s tough for us to pull down a complete review without the ribs. It’s really the one dish we judge a BBQ place by so we’ll need reserve overall judgment until another visit, but what we had was among the most awesome BBQ in town and Smokin’ Po Boys BBQ can hold their own against Atlanta’s top BBQ talent. Guten appetit!