Friday, February 17, 2006


Mad Dog's BBQ

Some people say that it's impossible to make a good barbeque that will pass a county health inspection. Those people haven't been to Mad Dog's, where they proudly display a health inspection certificate with a big red 100 on the wall. And they manage to make top-notch barbeque anyway. The pork has a good and smokey taste, and the generous amount of butter that they use on their bread makes this my wife's favorite spot for a barbeque sandwich.

The sauce they use is an authentic Georgia BBQ sauce, the kind with a fair amount of vinegar and red pepper as well as tomatoes. The mild sauce already has some detectable hot pepper, and the hot one is hotter without being overpowering. It definitely doesn't resemble the thick commercial pseudo-Texas glop that you find in stores.

Mad Dog himself is a pretty friendly guy. If there isn't a line at the counter, he'll come out and talk with the customers about how their relatives are doing or the time one of his regular customers challenged a DJ from 96 Rock to a race after he had claimed that drag racing took no skill. There's a little cork board on the wall about that episode too, to commemorate one of the Regular Guys getting smoked by a teenage girl at Atlanta Dragway.

It's hard to believe that a restaurant could have the feel and taste of an authentic small town BBQ joint when it's located in a strip mall and has a perfect score from the county health department. But Mad Dog's pulled it off.

4489 Highway 20 South
Conyers, GA

Good for them. If I'm ever in that area, I'll have to pay a visit to Mad Dog himself. :)
As a newsreporter, I also had the duties of typing up the food inspection reports from the health dept, and I didn't see 100s too often.

So, good for them!
I concur with what Matt said regarding Mad Dog's. HANDS DOWN THIS IS THE BEST BBQ I HAVE EVER HAD. The meat is always moist with a slight char on the outside. This gives it that smokey "down home" flavor that you don't get with all of that "chopped" junk out there. I have been to several famous BBQ joints around Georgia, but for the real deal, Mad Dog's is it!
Grats on this blog and grats on the review. I'm trying to put up a food blog myself (shameless plug -, I've added your site to my links and *gasp* actually went to Mad Dog's recently (and reviewed it). It was worth the 45 minute drive from Snellville to Conyers.

Keep up the good work!

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