If Lynyrd Skynyrd digs barbecue (and of course they do), here’s where the band should go the next time they find themselves in Atlanta: Welcome to Sweet Auburn Barbecue, where the skies are definitely blue, and where classic southern barbecue goes hand-in-hand with modern, eclectic influences. Sweet Auburn Barbecue specializes in classic, slow-smoked meats, award-winning barbecue, and inspired signature sides. 


A quick bit of history here, just in case Neil Young doesn’t remember: Owners Howard and Anita Hsu grew up working in the hustle of their family restaurants. From a young age, they gained a passion for food and hospitality. Soon after graduating from the University of Georgia, the brother and sister duo opened Gezzo’s West Coast Burritos in Henry Country. With the success of Gezzo’s, Howard set out to expand the business and started experimenting with smoked meats. Eventually his special BBQ recipes won the “Chomp and Stomp” chili cook-off, Suwanee Wing Festival, and the AVLF BBQ battle three years in a row. Sweet Auburn Market saw how much Atlanta loved the Hsu’s southern style BBQ with a twist and invited Howard to open a permanent restaurant within the market. Here the name “Sweet Auburn Barbecue” was born.


For two years, Sweet Auburn Barbecue flourished with its food truck and the Sweet Auburn Market location. In 2014, Howard and Anita expanded once again, opening the Poncey-Highlands location. This location features a sit-down dining experience, including a full bar and cocktail menu, taking their award-winning barbecue experience to a whole new level.


With Howard and Anita’s Asian roots and Southern upbringing, Sweet Auburn Barbecue offers traditional style barbecue with an Asian twist. Items on the menu such as pimento cheese wontons or coconut lemongrass ribs demonstrate the perfect marriage of traditional and innovative styles that Sweet Auburn Barbecue has to offer. Although their specialty is barbecue, they have an eclectic menu that will be sure to have something for everyone. They even have great vegetarian-friendly options. The menu is constantly evolving with the seasons and the creativity of SAB’s chef.


And here is the best part: Lord, it’s comin’ home to you! We’re talking about catering, good people. They offer traditional catering services, buffet or banquet style, pick up or delivery, or even in one of their full service food trucks. They can provide catering packages, boxed lunches, smoked meat and sides by the pound, or à la carte.


So leave Mister Young’s powers of recollection, and your personal feelings about Watergate and about Birmingham’s Governor totally out of your next private event.  Keep it simple, and give Sweet Auburn Barbecue’s food truck a try.  And hey, why not invite Lynyrd? Maybe they’ll turn (it) up.

Topics: private events, food truck, barbecue, atlanta

Written by Keir Beadling

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