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Sweet Auburn BBQ serves Southern favorites with an Asian accent

Southern charm at Sweet Auburn BBQ
Southern charm at Sweet Auburn BBQ
Serina Patrick

What began as three friends with a smoker is quickly turning into a barbecue empire with a cult following. Sweet Auburn BBQ sold its first pulled pork and smoked brisket sandwiches from a food truck and was soon invited to open a permanent location inside the historic Sweet Auburn Curb Market in the Old 4th Ward neighborhood.

The team behind Sweet Auburn BBQ pairs traditional Southern barbecue with unique sauces, many with an Asian flair, like its Wu Tang sauce, which adds sweet heat to chicken wings and smoked meats.

Still operating their food truck which is often found at the Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market on Howell Mill Road, the friends have opened a third location, their flagship brick-and-mortar restaurant on North Highland Avenue in the former Pura Vida space.

Although the colorful Puerto Rican mural has been painted over, the dining room is warm and inviting with unfinished wood and rustic farm-inspired accents like chicken wire and repurposed metal light fixtures over the bar. Guests are invited to try a signature cocktail made with premium spirits while perusing the menu which offers a selection of starters, including their pimento cheese wontons with addictive Thai chili bacon marmalade for dipping.

For entrees, diners at Sweet Auburn BBQ can create their own barbecue plate from an array of smoked meats, from coconut lemongrass pork spare ribs to pulled chicken, and creative sides such as their award winning Chomp and Stomp Chili and jerk spiced collards. Or, choose a specialty sandwich, stacked high on thick Texas toast, like their decadent King of Memphis Melt boasting your choice of meat, melted jack cheese, cole slaw and a fried egg.

Sweet Auburn BBQ continues to entice barbecue fans with its traditional Southern favorites served with an Asian accent.