Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

REVIEW: Smokin’ Po Boys BBQ, Winder, Barrow County

Smokin' Po Boys BBQ, Winder, Barrow County
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!

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  1. Kap
    November 29, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Well, plan on increasing that gas budget. When you go back, and you will the ribs are going to throw you over the top. We found this place two years ago, and now we are hooked. Now we compare every Q to Smokin Po Boy’s. Haven’t found one yet to hold up to it.

  2. Sheila
    January 10, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Awesome bbq and service.

  3. Joyce and Tommy
    January 17, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Awesome Food and Service Awesome and Great Waitress Rebecca

  4. Jennifer Arancio
    April 20, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Was thier yesterday with some family friends thay came from out of town. And I took them thier for lunch, they said it was the Best BBQ they have ever had. As for me Im thier on a weekly bases…cant get enough of Smokin’ Po Boys….hands down the best bbq here in Winder,Ga.

  5. Michael
    April 25, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I live in the area and they do have good BBQ……but the best BBQ in the area as are a ribs go is THE IRON PIG in Jefferson GA. Their smoker is a giant iron pig and you go up too this little stand to order and sit on picnic tables. They grab your ribs right off the smoker and they fall right off bone. Beats smoke and possibly boys by a long shot

  6. April 25, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Oh man it is on and popping now. Thanks for that recommendation going to have to go check that one out.

  7. Debbie Butler
    June 11, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    The best BBQ around. I haven’t found anything that can beat it

  8. Robin
    June 27, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Smokin’ Po Boys is terrible. I’ll admit, I haven’t been in a while, but when I went during lunch when I worked in that area, they were always out of the food that we asked for. The waitress (at the time) would bring us something different and not tell us that it would be different. My example is, I always ordered the Chicken Breast (white meat – chopped). I specified that I didn’t want dark meat. I got dark meat anyway. I would tell her that I didn’t order dark meat and she would say, “well that’s all we have”. The last time I went was when there were FEATHERS still attached to the chicken wing. No, I’m not kidding.

  9. June 28, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Robin, It takes a lot of moving parts to create a good restaurant. Clearly, there’s room for improvement in the areas you mentioned. While we tend to focus more on taste and flavor, there are other metrics to be considered that contribute to the overall customer experience. Thanks for the comment.

  10. George
    September 15, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Their BBQ is awesome, but I must say, if you do not try the tacos (which are not on the menu, you must ask), you’re not being fair to yourself. Pulled pork with slaw and salsa, topped of with a squirt of “Sneaky” sauce, and you’ll smile!

    Love this place!

  11. John
    October 6, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    I went there one time and it was terrible I ordered Brunswick stew and bbq pork sandwich I heard the Waitress tell the cook just to put fresh vegetables in the stew and when I got it the stew was spoile I live walking distance from the establishment but will never go there again

  12. January 6, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    I went there once. To me it was not what I expected. I would not go back. Service was ok. But I like to taste BBQ not so much smoke. The iron pig in Jefferson is better. I do have to say it is the only BBQ in Winder so I guess it’s the best there.

  13. Melissa L.
    January 8, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I live in the next county over and by far Smoky Po Boys is the best BBQ around. My brother from San Diego was visiting and found it a couple years ago. He went and got us hooked!!! We love their wings with Kitchen Sink sauce ( not advertised on the menu ) and the potato salad is to die for. Anytime my family from San Diego visits Smokin Po Boys is their go to restaurant.

  14. Nicole
    January 11, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    I’m a Winder resident but not a fan of Smokin’ Po Boys food at all! We have given it a few tries but we just left unsatisfied each time. We will stick to Shanes.

    However, I will say that their server, Hannah, is hands down the best server we have ever had at any establishment! She is very attentive, sweet, and ensured our visit was pleasant each time we went there.

    If only the food was as good as the server.

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