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JL's Open Pit Bar-b-q

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5001 Brookhaven Rd, Macon, GA 31206
(478) 788-1989
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Pulled Pork

After stopping for barbecue the first day of a road trip, finding the best barbecue along I-75 soon became our quest. Stopped at JL's on our last leg home and thought it was very good but way overpriced for what you get. A very small side of mac&cheese was an outrageous $2.95 and not very good. The... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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78 reviews 78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

After stopping for barbecue the first day of a road trip, finding the best barbecue along I-75 soon became our quest. Stopped at JL's on our last leg home and thought it was very good but way overpriced for what you get. A very small side of mac&cheese was an outrageous $2.95 and not very good. The meat was excellent... More 

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Evansville, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

"Serving Macon's Best BBQ since 1986" states their menu. According to whom? Was this a vote? If so, somebody stuffed the ballot box. Can't speak for the entire menu; I can only speak to the pork ribs, and I would rate them just OK. If these are Macon's best, then Houston (er ... Macon) we've got a problem. I stopped... More 

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Clermont, Florida
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258 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Stopped while traveling from Florida to Georgia.... Service was quick and friendly, however the sliced pork wasn't the best, not awful - just average...Beans and Fries (Sides) and Garlic Toast was good and for the price it was a value. More food than I could eat for lunch, clean (older restaurant) but worth a second chance, I'd just order something... More 

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Southern Minnesota
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128 reviews 128 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The moment you enter your senses scream BBQ!!!!!! Reat service, friendly server took our order promptly and our food appeared in short order. My wife had a stew of some sort which was a bit spicy for her taste, but good. I had a rib plate which consisted of three smoked spareribs with sides of baked beans and potato salad.... More 

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Acworth, Georgia
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30 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Right off I-475 in Macon GA. When ever we are traveling through Macon, we must stop here to get a great meal. Clean and well maintained restaurant with a very friendly and helpful staff. Food is great with large portions. Bring your appetite and hand wipes. Enjoy!

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Appleton
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48 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

They offered good meat combinations. A salad bar was available, but the portions were large enough that I can't imagine eating that much more. The staff was friendly, and the service was prompt.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Stopped in this spot on the way home to Florida because the billboard said "rated #1 bbq in Georgia"! They had a very nice looking salad bar..and the smell was fantastic! I ordered a pulled pork sandwich with fries and large sweet tea to go. The fries were great..hot and crispy..the tea was very good...the pulled pork, on the other... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We chose JLs on a Sunday afternoon on our way home from a vacation. The salad bar was merely pedestrian, but al a carte vegetables were divine, especially the collards, squash, and sweet potato. I ordered the pulled pork and my partner got the ribs. Unfortunately, the ribs were done to death, but the pulled pork was delicious. Service is... More 

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Top Contributor
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28 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This restaurant is a sort of home made BBQ, food is good and very inexpensive. I had dinner for only 13$. If you are looking for a non high end place to eat this is the perfect one.

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toronto
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30 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We found this restaurant many years ago on our drive to Florida and we return every chance we get. The food is really good. It's authentic barbecue at its best.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5001 Brookhaven Rd, Macon, GA 31206
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Macon
  • Phone Number: (478) 788-1989

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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