I was planning a trip to West Georgia a while back, so I Googled a BBQ restaurant to check out while I was on the other side of the state. The restaurant that caught my eye was S’mores BBQ in Douglasville. They had a nice website, and the place looked really nice. My family was with me, so I wanted a place where we could go in and sit down. The website mentioned that they had over 60 years of food service between them, so as a former chef I wanted to go and check this place out and see what they had to offer.
S’mores is in a busy location, and they have quite an attractive building inside and out. We could smell the smoke coming from the smoker as we pulled up in the parking lot and made our way inside to chow down. We were eagerly greeted and quickly seated. S’mores has a look of a sports bar gone BBQ inside, but it’s very nice and comfortable compared to most restaurants that I visit. Our server came over and took our drink order and told us about her favorites on the menu. The menu had a variety of choices of traditional BBQ plates, as well as salads, burgers and assorted appetizers like fried green tomatoes and fried pickles. Looking over the menu, they had a trio of sliders that included pulled pork, chicken and brisket. I ordered the sliders and a cup of Brunswick stew, so I could get a little taste of everything. My wife had a smoked chicken salad and my daughter order their pulled pork sandwich. As we waited I tried the variety of BBQ sauces that they offered. They had a dark brown mustard sauce, a spicy house tomato based sauce that was not spicy at all, but did have a good flavor to it and a Carolina vinegar sauce was offered too. Our order arrived and the food was served hot and delicious. The pork was moist and the chicken was hot and smoky. The brisket was very flavorful and was hot and moist, as well. The one thing I will say is that the food at S’mores is heavy on the smoke. The Brunswick stew to me, tasted like smoked brisket stew instead of traditional southern Brunswick stew. The chicken was a bit too smoky to my wife’s liking, but she did like their salad.
I talked with one of the owners, and they had a Texas background in BBQ, so they flavors were a bit different from all of the standard BBQ restaurants that I usually visit around Georgia.
The restaurant had been there only 6 months when I was there, and the wait staff and management were very hands on and attentive making sure everyone had everything that they needed and even brought out samples of red velvet cupcakes for us to try.
The food was hot, but like I said, it was heavy on the smoke for our taste. I would definitely check this place out again after they keep perfecting their style and taste.
I’ll give S’mores BBQ a 3.5 on the squeal meter.