Saturday, August 23, 2014

A taste of Georgia... Copper Pig BBQ and Smokehouse

On a recent trip to South Georgia I was set on finding some good Georgia barbecue to satisfy my bbq bone.  I spent a couple of days researching barbecue joints in the Brunswick area before I left home and had a couple of locations nailed down to check out.

When I arrived on Monday I was exhausted and really wasn't even hungry so I just grabbed a snack from the hotel and called it a night.  When Tuesday rolled around I was determined to find some good barbecue.  I asked the front desk about a couple of the places I had looked up on line and they weren't familiar with them but recommended a new place that had just opened up down the street.

I am always hesitant of "new" places especially when the first thing people mention is a buffet.  So when I left the hotel I drove around a little while looking for something that caught my eye and just happened to see the Copper Pig BBQ Smokehouse that had been recommended by the hotel staff.  So I decided to give it a shot, I had a few days left so if it had been a bust I still had some time to find a good place to eat.

When I got out of the car I could smell the smoke, and it was all I could do not to run to the door.  Once inside the place was pretty cool it had a full service meat and seafood counter on one side, a bar in the middle, and a bbq joint on the far end.  I scoped out the hog trough, I mean buffet... and while everything looked good, it wasn't what I wanted.  They have a full service menu as well that has the staple barbecue dishes, pulled pork, pork ribs, chicken, and interestingly enough brisket.

This is Georgia, so I went straight for the ribs, with a side of mac and cheese, tomatoes and okra, and a biscuit.  I was worried that maybe I should have gone for a whole rack, but when the half came out I knew it was going to be perfect.  As I dove into the rack the meat had a nice smoke ring and the meat came off the bone easily, but was not overdone.  I ordered it dry, which was a good call, these ribs were awesome without the sauce, but of course I tried several of their homemade sauces as dippers.  My favorite was their vinegar based sauce, while not typically what you go for with ribs, it complemented them very well, and I thought it was perfect.

Needless to say I cleared my plate and most likely drank their entire supply of sweet tea during dinner, it was a great combination of food and drink.

The only regret I have is not going back every night that followed to go through the rest of the menu, but that will have to be saved for another trip..