If Hooters ever decided to go in the barbecue business, I would imagine it would be something like Hottie Hawg’s Barbecue. The barbecue joint, located in an obscure area off of South Cobb Drive, features scantily clad servers, tasty wings and boozy concoctions. Hottie Hawg recently invited me to sample their tasty barbecue fare.
If you’ve ditched cable like I have, you may not be aware of the show, Catering Wars, which pits catering companies against one another. Hottie Hawgs was in the inaugural episode – shot here in Atlanta. Since I didn’t see it, I asked owner, Kyle (aka Boss Hawg) who won and for other gossip that happened during the filming but he wasn’t giving any information up even after I prodded him for answers.
Driving up to the restaurant, you can’t miss it, with it’s bright red exterior. Once inside expect to spend a few minutes taking it all in – the decor, memorabilia, mural and all. There are no printed menus, instead, strategically placed chalkboards, where diners can choose what to order.
Start with an order of wings. Since this is barbecue from Texas, they like to do a dry rub. It was heavenly. Although I did use the ranch, they were perfectly fine to stand alone. I sampled the 32 ounce Hawgarita, and while it was nice, I think beer is a better choice for cue. And they have a great selection of craft beers on tap.
We skipped the typical pulled pork in favor of brisket (choice of chopped or sliced), ribs, burnt ends and beer can chicken. The ribs were the highlight with the chopped / sliced brisket a good second. Meat is served sans any sauce, which I like. As far as sauces there are two: a house made traditional sauce and the mustard-based sauce. While I’ve always been more of a traditional barbecue sauce lover, it was the mustard-based one that really stood out. It had a smokey spicy flavor that was killer!
Oh and let’s not forget the sides. With a sample of Mac N Cheese, Cole Slaw, Fried Okra, Fries and Collards, we had a diverse sampling and I would not be averse to bringing a vegetarian here as they could make a meal out of these sides (choose 4 for $8). However, the best were the okra served sliced long and tempura fried as well as the fries which are covered in Hottie Hawg’s signature dry rub. Coca cola braised Collards weren’t bad either. I’m a slut for good mac ‘n cheese, but I found it to be decent but not outstanding. Not worth the calories to me.
Want to try all the meats? Get the Hottie Hawg Jr which comes with a sampling for $30 or the regular priced Hottie Hawg with an even larger meat sampling.
Hottie Hawg Website
2061 Main St NW Atlanta, GA 30318