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Harrison Sapp and Griffin Bufkin – My Favorite BBQ Joints – Volume 25

I’m really excited about this week’s contributors to “My Favorite BBQ Joints”. Harrison Sapp and Griffin Bufkin are the men behind the incredible Southern Soul Barbeque in St. Simons Island, Georgia and two hard working guys who you can’t help but be happy for their success in BBQ. If you haven’t heard of two of them or Southern Soul, you should know that they serve 12+ hour Hardwood-Fired, Slow Smoked Pig, Rib, Turkey & Chicken, Sausage and Beef Brisket, Complimented by a choice of four distinct Homemade Barbecue Sauces and served up with some great Southern Soul Side Dishes such as Hoppin’ John, Collard Greens, Award Winning Brunswick Stew and Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread. To top it off they feature scratch-made Pimento Cheese. The restaurant is nestled on the beautiful Saint Simons Island off the Scenic Coast of Georgia.

Here are Griffin and Harrision’s favorite BBQ joints in his own words:

“About once a month we’ll take a road trip up the coastal highway to Whitemarsh Island to load up on 5 gallon buckets of Savannah Bee Honey at the source. Right across the road before you take the bridge onto Tybee Island is Wylie’s Championship BBQ. Wylie and Janet are veterans of the professional BBQ circuit as well as two of the friendliest and down to earth folks you’ll ever meet, and Wylie’s is where we stop to grab some lunch and catch up with our friends. The slow smoked BBQ plled pork with “better than sex sauce” is simply perfection…and don’t forget to get a side of sweet potato casserole.


Photo of Wiley’s Championship BBQ

When we have business in Atlanta we’ll always try to stop in to see Johnathan and Justin, the two brothers responsible for Fox Bros BBQ. For my money the best BBQ in and around Atlanta GA. These Texas boys know how to pile it on, from their take on the classic Frito Pie, to the infamous short rib. But the star of the show is the beef brisket done right. Slabs of slow smoked, juicy beef with one of the most beautiful smoke ring you’ve ever seen.


Photo of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Que

Like the kid in a candy shop, the experience of being an adult in a butcher shop is one you must experience. At Cochon Butcher, a New Orleans boutique meat market that is owned and operated by a couple of James Beard Award winning chefs, they know the craft of cured meat. House-made andouille and boudin sausages, mortadella, hams, duck breast pastrami..everything is homemade from the hot dogs to the sauerkraut. W’ell take a 1/2 pound of everything!


Photo of Cochon Buther courtesy of Blackened Out

We drove across the country two summers ago to tape BBQ Pitmasters. Along the way through the Texas hill country we made the BBQ pilgramage to the storied Kreuz Market in Lockhart. First rate brisket and sausage. The real thing.


Photo of Kreuz Market courtesy of Full Custom Gospel BBQ

If you ever find yourself in the port city of Brunswick Georgia (home of the southern smokehouse staple, Brunswick Stew) you must drive directly to Willie’s Weenee Wagon. A roadside carry out hotdog stand that has mastered the art of the pork chop sandwich. Thinly sliced and griddled pork steak and onions on a buttered kaiser roll with the house yellow mustard sauce and pickles. The sweet tea is legendary.”

What are your thoughts on this great Southern BBQ list? Have you been to any of these spots? Let me know.

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  1. My husband & I drove to the Keys this past Jan. and stopped at Southern Soul to get a BBQ fix. A wonderful place! The Pork was excellent and the collards were to die for! Also LOVED the Brunswick stew. We had the opportunity to talk with Harrison out by the smoker when we were leaving. What a friendly, down to earth guy! We are planning another trip in Jan 2013 and will definitely be stopping back at Southern Soul again. We are so happy that ” Guy Fieri’s stimulus plan” worked for Southern Soul!

    Comment by Kimberly Green — June 20, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

  2. Hey Kevin,

    I was born & raised on St. Simons Island, Georgia(actually born in brunswick, ga., just a few bridges from S.S.I.), & raised on St. Simons. Grew up with Griffin & his family, went to school with Harrison, & pretty sure I hung out with Harrison too…..anyway, luv ur website ! If u know a’one( BBQ Pitmasters, friends, businesses, etc.)that may need a new custom built smoker, cooker, etc…..check out our page on facebook( http://facebook.com/MetalManTwo ) we build’em to out last all others, & will also BEAT all the others prices !!

    Comment by Jay Edwards — June 20, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

  3. HARRIS ARE THE BROTHER OF MARTHA SAPP, YOUR DAD OWNED GROCERY STORE IN HINESVILLE, GA? YOU AND I BECAME GOOD FRIENDS IN 1957-58 WHEN STATIONED AT FT. STEWART, GA. LYNN AND BRENDA GATTIS, SUE AND SHORTY LONG, ????? PATTERSON. I LIVE IN RALEIGH NC. PHONE 919-740-1312. PLEASE CALL ME SO I CAN SEE YOU WHEN PASSING ST. SIMONS, GA ON MY NEXT KEY WEST VISIT. COULD NOT LOCATE YOUR PHONE NUMBER WITH ANY SOURCE.

    Comment by DWIGHT STANLEY — August 26, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

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