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“Nearby best BBQ!”

Big Shanty Smokehouse BBQ
Ranked #11 of 294 Restaurants in Kennesaw
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $15
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Description: A cute & cozy BBQ joint specializing in FRESH hickory smoked meats. Located just 1.5 miles from I-73, exit 273.
Kennesaw, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nearby best BBQ!”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

This place is practically across the street from my house so we have been there several times. The BBQ pork is amazing. One time I went and just got the Caesar salad and I could not believe how awesome it was. Now Caesar salad only consists of some romaine, parm, croutons and dressing so how awesome could it be? But it was! However, the next time I went and ordered it again, it was only so-so. The desserts are homemade and heavenly but I can't allow myself to sample them too often!
The restaurant is real small so do take out if it is full. I think the place has good days and bad days for food with the bad days in the minority. If you like pulled pork, ribs and bbq chicken, you will be more than pleased with this place.
It has a TV with sports playing usually so guys will be especially happy about this.

Visited January 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Pretty Good Q - Would Return”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

I stopped in at the Big Shanty Smokehouse for lunch the other day and generally found it a pleasant experience with good barbecue.

I ordered the pulled pork plate and found the flavor to be solid and their home made sauce a good attribute. The string bean and baked bean sides were good, not great, and I found the "sides" selections a bit limited. I'd like to have the choice of french fries at a barbecue place, but that;s a minor quibble. The star of the show was definitely the Q, and when I return i'm interested to try their ribs and brisket. They also had rib tips and smoked wings for appetizers, and those sound good as well.

I found the small dining room clean, and the drinks are u-serve and contain tea and sodas. If I had one complaint it's the service was a little cool. For a small town place with a homestyle feel to it, I feel the employees could have been a little warmer in their service.

In the end I will return here when in this area, hoping to try out some of their other selections and maybe catch the employees on a better day.

  • Visited August 2012
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Charlotte, NC
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Charming country atmosphere with just OK food”
Reviewed August 15, 2012 via mobile

Shanty bbq has an enjoyable kitschy atmosphere with good-sized portions & fair prices. Unfortunately, I went with high expectations from rating #1 on Tripadvisor. The BBQ is OK, but by no means fabulous. We live in NC and know good bbq..so I assume all these rave reviews are because there isn't much else to compare with locally? Or maybe it's the whole style thing from region to region. Whatever the case, we'll be passing on it next time we come through town.

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Marietta, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best local BBQ!”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

These folks have 'q done right! The brisket, chicken, & ribs are spot on. Just as is required in this neck of the woods, the pulled pork is perfect. I always go 1/2 & 1/2- that's half inside, half outside so that I get just the right amount of bark (that's the firmer part of the butt on the outside where it's caramelized). They also do some imaginative dishes as well, recently did some lamb, but I have not tried it- yet!

  • Visited July 2012
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“Finally ... real BBQ in Cobb County.”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

Since I found Big Shanty, more than a year ago, I have tried to go there once a week. My wife and I have never been disappointed.

The food is excellent. The BBQ is smoked perfectly. The side dish vegetables are a great change to having mass produced fries.

The owners are on site. They prepare and serve your orders.
The owners are very serious about providing a quality food experience.

  • Visited July 2012
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