The ultimate guide to 3 mom-and-pop Auburn/Opelika barbecue joints

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Delicious banana pudding and pulled pork sandwich from Butcher Paper BBQ. Photo via Maggie Dazzio for The Bama Buzz

Auburn’s local barbecue scene is un-grill-ievable. Read on to get fired up about some hickory-smoked goodness and learn the rich history behind each.

1. Butcher Paper BBQ

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A taste of Butcher Paper’s pulled pork sandwich. Photo via Maggie Dazzio for The Bama Buzz

Starting with a homemade smoker using propane tanks, Mark Coxwell quickly made a name for himself in the Opelika area. In 2017, he expanded Butcher Paper into a mobile food unit catering to all kinds of events. Just one year later, a brick and mortar restaurant was opened, giving the shop a permanent home. Trust us, this place is a must-try.

Our top menu choice: Homemade banana pudding.

2. Country’s Barbecue

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Country Barbecue’s farmhouse vibe. Photo via Maggie Dazzio for The Bama Buzz

Nothing says southern like a classic farmhouse-feel, exactly what you get at Country’s Barbecue. Jim Morpeth opened the eatery in Columbus, Georgia in 1975 and each storefront has kept a family-oriented atmosphere ever since. Make sure you go for their famous Brunswick stew that takes two fulls days to brew.

3. Byron’s Smokehouse

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Local Auburn favorite, Byron’s Smokehouse. Photo via Maggie Dazzio for The Bama Buzz

Byron’s has been an Auburn favorite since 1989. The family-oriented business started in 1961 with Byron Gulledge feeding students right out of his home. Byron’s son, Glen Gulledge, now owns the mom-and-pop joint that is Byron’s Smokehouse.

The southern-style menu features ribs, pork, chicken, veggies and the famous Byron’s breakfast.

As southerners, we take great pride in good barbecue. Run, don’t walk to the lovely town of Auburn to experience all they have to offer.

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Maggie Dazzio
Maggie Dazzio
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