Smokebelly BBQ Sauces It Up for Diners

Smokebelly's furniture helps create the atmosphere of true authentic BBQ. Photo: Smokebelly

Smokebelly’s decor helps create the atmosphere of true authentic BBQ.

Interested in authentic BBQ, served in a timely manner with delicious side “fixin’s” and smoked meats? Then Smokebelly is the right place for you. Located in the heart of Buckhead on East Andrews near the St. Regis, Smokebelly hits the mark serving traditional BBQ to hungry customers.

From the outside, the restaurant looks like a large shack, a building that one would find in rural parts of the South along the side of a two-lane highway. The appearance on the outside immediately gave me the feeling that the food would be true to tradition.

Once inside, you’re greeted by a welcoming host or hostess dressed in Southern garb. The ambiance of the restaurant puts you in the mindset that you are truly in a Southern restaurant, as the tables and chairs are wooden, and the lighting is created by hanging light bulbs in Mason jars. The main room is full of TVs tuned to a variety of sports, perfect for Saturdays and Sundays spent watching football.

The restaurant has live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday along with a full bar that’s always open. Outdoor seating is an option depending on the weather, featuring a large picnic table and colored tablecloths. Open Sunday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., the menu at Smokebelly doesn’t change for lunch or dinner in order to provide the consistency that customers count on. The food is flavorful and served piping hot.

For appetizers, I tried the edamame hummus, watermelon-smoked feta salad, and the fried pickled okra. The hummus was interesting, as I had never tried edamame hummus, and it was surprisingly OK. The taste was good, but the hummus itself seemed dry. Both the fried okra and watermelon-feta salad were yummy, as they were filled with flavor and very fresh. For my entree, I had the smoked pulled pork plate accompanied by two sides. The pulled pork came out very hot and was lean and could be accompanied by a choice of six homemade sauces. I tried the sweet sauce, which was good. The only downside to the pork was the small portion size.

Diners have the option of turkey, ribs, sausage, beef brisket, grilled salmon, trout and a veggie plate as their main dish. For my sides, I elected to have baked beans and smoky braised kale. Both sides were excellent and were my favorite part of the meal. In terms of cost, most items are a bit pricey for the portion size. Smokebelly has a dessert menu, but it changes periodically depending on the season and what is fresh at the time.

Overall, I would recommend Smokebelly because of its pretty good BBQ and proximity to Pace. In addition, the restaurant has a fun atmosphere, especially during the weekends, as customers can listen to live music or watch just about any sporting event.

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