BBQ Thursday: Fincher’s

Fincher’s Bar B Q

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This past weekend the wife and I made a short trip south to see Corbin and his new “pup” and let me say to everyone and especially BuyPropertyUcheeDawg, she is as sweet as her mother and did not cry once while we were there.  But back to the reason why everyone came to visit us from Dawgbone; if I was going to be meeting up with Corbin we had to have some barbecue for lunch.  I had planned the trip earlier in the week to get to Macon around 1:00 and stop for BBQ at Holcomb’s in Greensboro but Mrs. Corbin asked that we come a little earlier so I had to save Holcomb’s for another day.

Once in Macon and after visiting with the pup, Corbin and I ventured out to pick up BBQ and bring it back home to the ladies.  Our first stop was at Satterfield’s but they are only open during the week so Corbin suggested that we try the Macon favorite of Fincher’s.  Now, either because he was looking out for his guest or values his own life, he took me to their location on the Gray highway and not the original location on Houston Road.  Fincher’s has the look of an old fast food diner with the kitchen in the back, counter at the front and a few tables to the side.  Not too much inside seating but that’s okay.  We got the family pack which was two pounds of pork, a pack of buns, stew, and a side of slaw and headed home.  This was very reasonably priced at $25.

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The stew was good, as you can see from the picture it was a little runny but if I would have had it in a bowl with balls of white bread it would have been great.  Poor planning on my part.  Now to the BBQ.  As my wife says, I was way too harsh on this que.  It was moist, had some smoke flavor but not too much, pulled nicely but they killed it in sauce.  They didn’t smoke this pig, they drowned him.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a decently good sauce with vinegar and mustard flavors but I hate when restaurants sauce their meat before serving it to you.  All in all we enjoyed the BBQ.  Fincher’s is the type of place that is good, I would eat again if offered to me but I would not drive from Athens just to try again.  It’s BBQ that I would eat for lunch on Friday but I can’t in good faith crown it the best of Macon.  So Macon readers, how far off was I in my assessment?

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9 Responses to “BBQ Thursday: Fincher’s”


  1. 1 Corbindawg February 28, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I must say this about Fincher’s. I don’t care for slaw one bit, but I actually like the slaw there, and I really like putting my slaw on my sandwich. I won’t eat slaw anywhere else or doctor my BBQ in this way at another location, but at Fincher’s, it works. I agree with Granite’s assessment; it is good cue. Not great, and not the worst I have had. I took him there to try something different, but Macon has better. I think Fincher’s gets by mostly on its name and reputation. Local Maconites LOVE Fincher’s, but if you are in Macon/Middle Georgia, there are better places.

  2. 2 Stephen @ SE February 28, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I think my favorite part about Fincher’s has to be the sign. Who doesn’t love a dancing pig?

  3. 3 Dawg19 February 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I agree with this assessment. I normally can’t stand to have my que drowned in sauce before it’s handed to me but this is one where I don’t mind too much. Jake Fincher and his family are great people and have done a lot for the community over the years. There are other good BBQ’s in Macon like Fresh Air and Satterfields but I love the Brunswick stew here. Plus, this is still the only BBQ that has been taken on the Space Shuttle. :-)

  4. 4 4BoysBrewPub February 28, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I have lived in Macon my entire life, 41+ years (minus 3+ years spend in VSU) so maybe I am a little biased here but I like my que drinched in the sauce and Fincher’s is the best at doing that IMO. Since I am from Macon, Fincher’s is what I use as a base to judge my BBQ on when out of town so I may be way off base here but it is a Macon staple, just like Nu-Way Weiners.

  5. 5 Leather Helmet Blog (@ecdawg_LHB) February 28, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    When I was a kid one of the highlights of a Macon trip was a visit to Fincher’s. That, of course, means that the place is very, very old.

  6. 6 preacherdawg February 28, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    They will pull the meat, and hold the sauce…if you ask! The meat is VERY GOOD!

    • 7 Granite March 1, 2013 at 8:56 am

      That’s for the advise. I really liked the meat, there was just too much sauce in my opinion. Next time I’m in Macon I’ll try it that way.

  7. 8 SCJack March 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I moved from Macon and to Charleston SC in 1976. When I left, Fincher’s was the best; I compare it favorably to the Bessinger Brothers’ restaurants in SC. Having said this however and while at UGA, I’ve thumbed my way, driven and riden the Athens/Macon trail many times. The drive or walk(!) is not short one and should be saved for only special occasions….not necessairly BBQ runs!. The State of Georgia has many, many good BBQ shops so I only disagree mildly with you on your assessment of Fincher’s. Fincher’s is kind of like the Dawgs…not the best(yet)but a darn good top 10 team!

  8. 9 peachy March 6, 2013 at 9:03 am

    If you don’t mind a short ride, try Old Clinchfield, just outside of Gray.
    Fresh Air Barbecue has a Macon location but to me it isn’t as good as the original in Jackson.
    I’m old enough to remember the Pig n Whistle. Now that was great barbecue


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