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A BBQ Bonanza at Smokey Bones

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill Smoked Wings

You know how sometimes you leave a restaurant so full and licking your lips, yet you find yourself wondering if you can “find room” for just a little more? That’s how I felt when I left Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill last time I visited them at a VIP media tasting in August. They had just opened their doors at the Mall of Georgia in July, and ever since that first tasting, I have been hoping for another moment to indulge in all the tasty BBQ goodness Smokey Bones serves up.

Well, I finally got my moment!

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill

Enter Round Two at Smokey Bones. This time around, I was treated to a super special personal tasting. As you can imagine, both me and my taste buds were super excited. Right when I arrived, I met the General Manager, Robert who was so personable and super funny. Robert gave hubby and I the rundown of the menu and what was to come. Needless to say it was waaay more than we ever expected. I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into the tastings they had lined up for the eve.


If you’re looking for delicious American fare, I definitely urge you to start with Smokey Bones’ appetizer offerings. I got to try three of them: Skillet Cornbread, Loaded Nachos, and the Smoked Wings. First, we all know that cornbread is the cornerstone of Southern cuisine, so I happily pleased my pallet with this sweet skillet-baked treat topped with a honey-pecan butter. It was absolutely heavenly!!!

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill Skillet Cornbread

Next up on the starter tasting portion was the Loaded Nachos. Talk about a fiesta in your mouth! These piled-high tortilla chips were muy bueno, as they were topped with queso, cheddar jack cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, green onions, sour cream, homemade fire-roasted salsa, and sliced jalapeños. Getting hungry yet?

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill Loaded Nachos

The last app we tried were the unique and tasty Smoked Wings. These wings were giant and oh-so-juicy! They were rubbed and slow-smoked to double the intense flavors. To finish, they were drizzled with a sweet glaze and dusted with a special house seasoning. These wings were definitely worth the mess!

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill Smoked Wings

Creative Cocktails

Of course, I wouldn’t be able to taste all these yummy dishes if I didn’t have something equally as delicious to help wash them down. I was lucky to try two of Smokey Bones’ special cocktails, and each one had me wanting more! (Or maybe that was the alcohol talking…) 😛

First up was the Sleeping Dragon. This sip packed a pomegranate punch–it consisted of BACARDÍ Dragon Berry Rum, PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, blackberry syrup, freshly squeezed lime juice, and twice-torn mint for extra flavor. It was then topped with soda and garnished with strawberry boba bubbles and mint sprig. A legendary libation for sure!

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill Sleeping Dragon

You all know that I like to have lots of fun, and that’s probably why this second drink had to have been my favorite! The “Pop Star” was a crackling cosmo. Literally, the drink crackled and popped! It was made with Three Olives Orange Vodka, Kinky Pink Liqueur, blood orange sour, and a rim dipped in cherry Pop Rocks®. This drink definitely topped the pop charts! 😉

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill Pop Star Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill Pop Star

The Main Event

On to the entrees we went. We tried four of the main courses, so it’s a good thing we saved a little lot of room for this round. During the tasting session, I was able to have just enough of each dish to get a full feel for the cuisine while leaving me wanting more.

First, there was the Loaded BBQ Burger. This burger is not for the weak! It was a ½ lb Memphis-spiced burger with cheddar, a pile of pulled pork, crunchy onion rings, and KC BBQ sauce all on a toasted bun. Boom. Talk about a loaded BBQ burger you won’t forget!

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill Loaded BBQ Burger

Speaking of BBQ… this is Smokey Bones’ specialty. So you better believe there was lots more lip-lickin’ to be done! We dove into the next entree, the award-winning Baby Back Ribs. These superstars spend 4 hours in the smoker, and they are fire-grilled to order. They’re then brushed with a sweet BBQ glaze and served with savory garlic bread on the side. I was in BBQ heaven.

Then I got to treat my tastebuds to more ribs! This time, St. Louis-style. The Smoked St. Louis Ribs tasted like they were straight from the “Show Me” state. Seasoned and hand-rubbed, these babies were slow-smoked for 4 hours and brushed with a smokey-sweet BBQ sauce. I couldn’t wait to “show” these to my mouth!

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill Ribs

Last on the entree tasting list was delectable Texas Style Beef Brisket. It comes as a ½ lb and is hand-carved and hand-rubbed. It was slow-smoked for 14 hours, because you know the motto… Low and slow. I was told this dish is a guest favorite, so you might want to hurry to make sure you get yours! It is available after 4 p.m.

The Sweet Stuff

Ahh, yes. Arguably one of my favorite parts of any meal… Dessert! To cap off the tasting session, I got to try the Hot Bag O’ Donuts. As if I needed an excuse to eat donuts at any time of day! This dessert was basically a bag of fresh and fluffy round donuts. They are cinnamon-sugar and come with chocolate and raspberry dipping sauces. Which sauce would you go for? I double dipped in case you were wondering. 😛

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill Hot Bag O’ Donuts

Food Coma

At the end of the day, there’s no doubt that I slipped into a food coma. After indulging in so many amazing flavors, my tummy was very happy with me and needed a little rest. Everything about my experience at Smokey Bones this time around was even more than I could have expected. From the amazing service to the creative sips and the bad-to-the-bone bites, this place is on fire! And let’s not forget the fact that I got to end my meal with donuts. I think we all know who the real winner is here 😀

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill actually has two in-house smokers constantly being hand-fed 18-inch hickory logs every day and night, so if you’re craving authentic prepared fixin’s scoot on over to Smokey Bones cause there’s some serious BBQ’n goin down.

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill has 3 locations around Atlanta, but be sure to make a “pit” stop at their newest digs at the Mall of Georgia at 3333 Buford Drive NE in Buford, GA. Oh, and be sure to ask for Jalessa. She’s uh-mazing!!!!

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  1. Everything from Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill looks so delicious. I’d love to try the Sleeping Dragon (strawberry boba , yes please!), it look super yummy.

  2. My family loves Smokey Bones! Those doughnuts are my favorite. I sure would enjoy a few with my morning coffee.

  3. Oh my goodness what a delicious sounding range of food, there is so much I would love to try on their menu!

  4. OMG. I’d go into a food coma after all that too. I love a good wing and those look delish!

  5. This looks like such a great place to eat. All the food looks so delicious. The Loaded Nachos look absolutely incredible. I’d love to eat here.

  6. There is a Smokey Bones near me but I have never been there before. Your post is making me want to check it out!

  7. Nom nom! That burger look bomb and that cocktail too! I wish we had these in New Jersey!

  8. Oh man, what an awesome place to go for some BBQ. The ribs looked perfect and the fun Pop Star drink sounds amazing!

  9. My husband is the bbq expert in our house. That is what he loves to eat most in this world. He would really love this post.

  10. I could go for one of those cocktails and those sandwiches please. How yummy.

  11. Wow this place looks awesome. I know I would love to go to this bar and grill. Would be awesome!

  12. All of that food looks so delicious. I’ve never seen anything like the Loaded BBQ Burger before. And those beverages look refreshing and delicious as well.

  13. Those ribs look so succulent and tender! Yum! Its just sad that I live so far away from any Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill! Loaded BBQ burger, Loaded Nachos, and those ribs! Heaven!

  14. Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill sounds like a great place to go to eat. Everything looks amazing for sure. These ribs and the loaded nachos look so delicious. I would love to try them both. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  15. Those cocktails look sooo good! I love this, great pictures too! Yum!