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Twin Smokers BBQ

Twin Smokers Brings BBQ to Downtown Atlanta

With the arrival of Twin Smokers BBQ, there’s now a restaurant for any craving in Downtown Atlanta.

The barbecue and bourbon spot in the Luckie Marietta District is the latest restaurant from Legacy Restaurant Partners, owners of nearby Der Biergarten, Game-X, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria and STATS.

Twin Smokers offers a casual setting that focuses on the food. You place your order at the counter. Tables offer street views or views of the twin smokers – named Elizabeth and Matthew after the owner’s children. While you’re waiting you can check out the “Wood Library,” the restaurant’s collection of Texas mesquite, hickory, white oak and post oak used in the smokers.

Twin Smokers

Daily the chicken, pork and sausages are smoked over hickory and white oak in Elizabeth, and the beef is smoked over Texas mesquite and post oak in Matthew. Using traditional smoking techniques with some modern technology (the smokers have electric thermostats to control the temperature), everything comes out just right.

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D.B.A. Barbecue Launches Monthly Sauce Making Class

Feeling saucy?

D.B.A. Barbecue is launching a monthly barbecue sauce making class in March. On the last Wednesday of each month the Virginia-Highland restaurant will give barbecue enthusiasts the chance to make their own special blend, along with enjoying plenty of drinks and D.B.A.’s award-winning hickory smoked barbecue.

DBA sauce making classAfter an opening cocktail and snacks, the evening kicks off with a moonshine tasting – three Junior Johnson Midnight Moon moonshines and a Four Roses Bourbon.

Then it’s time for the main event. Owner and pit master Matt Coggin is your entertainer and guide, helping you to create your perfect barbecue sauce – whether you prefer sweet, spicy or tangy.

Once you pick your base and add the sweeteners, it’s time to get creative. With a variety of spices and seasonings, there are limitless flavor possibilities.

DBA Matt CogginThen comes the tastiest part – sampling your sauce and other guests’ sauces with a plate of ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken wings and cream corn. There’s also a bowl of banana pudding to end the evening on a sweet note.

You’ll get to take your barbecue sauce home, along with a bottle of D.B.A.’s barbecue sauce and a $10 gift certificate to use at a later date.

The first barbecue sauce making class will be held on Wednesday, March 26th, from 7pm to 9pm. The cost is $40 per person, $70 for two, and $130 for a group of four.

barbecue sauce spicesSpace is limited. To make a reservation call D.B.A. Barbecue at (404) 249-5000 or sign up through their Facebook page.

Upcoming dates for the barbecue sauce class are: April 30th; May 28th; June 25th; and July 30th. All start at 7pm.

D.B.A. Barbecue, 1190 North Highland Avenue NE Suite B, Atlanta, 30306. (404) 249-5000 www.dbabbq.com

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photo credit: Teodora Nicolae

Stillhouse: Craft Burgers and Moonshine Now Open in Buckhead

Atlanta’s destination for moonshine is now open – no lawbreaking required.

Stillhouse is the newest restaurant to open in the Andrews Entertainment District. It is a great spot for a night out, offering moonshine on its own or in cocktails, and a menu to rival any of Atlanta’s burger-centric spots.

StillhouseNot familiar with moonshine? Stillhouse proves just how versatile it can be. Drinks like the Carolina Mule and Ghostly Old Fashioned show how moonshine can be a good base for traditional and modern cocktails. Moonshine can also take on a limitless number of flavors – try one of the house made moonshine infusions that are made with regional ingredients like Vidalia onions and Georgia peaches. There is even smoked moonshine – you select a type of wood, and mixologists infuse the smoky flavor into your drink.

moonshine infusionsThe food is just as inventive (and delicious). Start with a southern favorite like the Fried Green Tomatoes or Pimento Cheese. Or try the Mussel Moonshine, PEI mussels steamed in a broth made with Troy & Sons Platinum Moonshine.

The beef burgers are filling, with double patties and a variety of locally sourced and creative toppings. The top bun is flipped up for you to add Stillhouse’s house made ketchup (both standard and spicy) and mustard.

Unusual sounding but very tasty, the PB&J Burger has already become one of Stillhouse’s top sellers. The two beef patties are topped with Georgia peanut hummus, fig jam, fresh sliced peach, blue cheese and pecans. It’s a sweet, salty, creamy and savory mix that really works.

The AG recommends the Buckhead Burger, which is beef patties topped with duck confit, goat cheese, green tomato relish, pickled beets and fresh spinach.

There are also chicken, duck, pork, crab cake, fried oyster and veggie burgers offered on the menu.

For sides try the super creamy Spicy Macaroni & Cheese, and one of the Smothered French Fries (the AG recommends the fries with the North Carolina Gouda). You’ll definitely want to order a side of the collard greens. Slightly sweet in flavor, they’re so good you and your dining companions will fight over the last bite.

If you still have room for dessert, try the Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding. Topped with white chocolate and a bourbon caramel sauce, it is every bit as rich as you would imagine.

Try a new drink with dessert. As the AG found out, some of the less sweet house made infusions make a great pairing.

Stillhouse: Craft Burgers and Moonshine, 56 East Andrews Drive NW, Atlanta 30305. Open Monday through Saturday, 5pm to 2am. Live music nightly at 9pm. www.stillhouseatl.com

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A Sip of the Past at the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival


Atlantans were transported back in time Labor Day Weekend at the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival. The Georgia World Congress Center was transformed into a 1920s-inspired underground club, complete with classic and modern cocktails, cigars, a poker tournament and live entertainment.

Moonshine was one of the main attractions — all legal of course. Straight, flavored or mixed in a drink, moonshine demonstrated just how versatile (and tasty) it can be.

Guests also had the chance to taste vodka, rum, whiskey and cider. In between sips they could play pool, cornhole and bocce ball.

For the causal cigar fan, there was a chance to learn about and sample a variety of cigars.

The Speakeasy Cocktail Festival was a celebration of the Prohibition era and its influence on the beer, spirits and cocktails of today.

All proceeds from the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival benefited The Health Education & Communication Center of Atlanta, a 501(c)(3) organization that works to build awareness to improve health literacy and positively impact health outcomes throughout the state.

Barbecue and Moonshine at D.B.A.

If you think moonshine can only be good when it is illegal, you haven’t tasted Junior Johnson Midnight Moon paired with D.B.A. Barbecue.

The Virginia Highland restaurant recently held a Harvest Moonshine Dinner – four courses paired with a different moonshine.

The infamous spirit is made by distilling corn – a process that is legal if the distillery is licensed by the government and pays taxes. Moonshine is clear and without color, and has an alcohol percentage around 40% (80 proof).

Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon can appeal to fans of the illegal stuff as well as cocktail drinkers. Though today’s distillation process is state-of-the-art, Midnight Moon stays true to its origins.

The moonshine recipe was handed down through several generations of the NASCAR legend’s family. It is still made in Johnson’s home state of North Carolina using American-grown corn.

It is the triple distillation that sets Midnight Moon apart from other moonshine. This gives the spirit a smooth and clean taste (and presumably won’t make you go blind).

Midnight Moon can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or in cocktails. More flavorful than other clear spirits, the moonshine adds a different dimension to mixed drinks. Shake it with a touch of vermouth for a martini or add it to Bloody Marys for a new version of the brunch favorite.

Junior Johnson imparts even more flavor to his moonshine by adding fresh fruit. The range bottled in mason jars includes cherry, blueberry, cranberry, strawberry and apple pie moonshines.

These flavored moonshines go great with barbecue – and D.B.A. owner Matt Coggin offered up some of his best dishes to show how delicious sweet and savory can be.

Mouthwatering pulled pork sliders were paired with a cocktail made with Junior Johnson Cherry Moonshine. Covered in a tangy barbecue sauce and topped with coleslaw, the juicy sliders were nicely complemented by a touch of sweet cherry in the dangerously easy to drink cocktail.

Smoked maple bourbon glazed pork belly and creamy parmesan grits were paired with Junior Johnson Strawberry Moonshine that was served on the rocks. The cold moonshine was nice and refreshing after each bite of pork belly.

For the main course D.B.A. served up a standout dish — smoked beef short rib with horseradish mashed potatoes and caramelized Brussels sprouts. Alone each item was excellent; together they were extraordinary. The short rib was served with a Pickled Moonshine Martini. Junior Johnson’s original moonshine was mixed with pickle juice and served over ice for a unique take on the dirty martini.

Both separately and together, the dish and drink were the highlight of the evening. The flavors in the cocktail went really well with the short rib and especially the Brussels sprouts, which are one of the more difficult foods to pair. The martini was dry and crisp, a great palate cleanser after each bite with a kick from the brine.

Dessert offered two sweets: D.B.A.’s wonderful apple cobbler and Junior Johnson Apple Pie Moonshine. Infused with apples and cinnamon, the moonshine was sweet enough to enjoy on its own.

One meal and you’ll be hooked. Dine at D.B.A. Barbecue for a pairing so good you’ll be glad it’s legal.

D.B.A. Barbecue, 1190 North Highland Avenue NE Suite B, Atlanta, 30306.
(404) 249-5000.

Click here for more information on Junior Johnson Midnight Moon.

Moonshine Dinner at DBA Barbecue

Want to know how to pair moonshine with some of your favorite barbecue dishes? Make a reservation for the Harvest Moonshine Dinner at D.B.A. Barbecue.

On Thursday, October 27th the Virginia Highland restaurant will feature a special three-course dinner with pairings from Junior Johnson Moonshine carefully selected by D.B.A. owner Matt Coggin.

The evening will begin with passed snacks from D.B.A. Barbecue’s new dinner menu including Cajun spiced fried shrimp, pork sliders and boiled peanuts.

The three-course dinner includes the mouthwatering smoked pork belly, smoked beef short rib and apple cobbler, each paired with a different Junior Johnson Moonshine. Click here to see the full menu

Accompanying the meal will be music from Neil Young’s classic album Harvest Moon.

The Harvest Moonshine Dinner costs $30 per person plus tax and gratuity, with one seating at 7pm. To make a reservation call (404) 249-5000.

Moonshine as a food pairing — it’s an evening that will make you see this notorious spirit in a new way.

Harvest Moonshine Dinner at D.B.A. Barbecue, October 27, 2011 at 7pm
1190 N. Highland Ave NE Suite B, Atlanta. (404) 249-5000