NEW: Weekly BBQ Feature

As each of you knows by now, The Grit Tree is primarily a blog dedicated to The University of Georgia sports. Primarily, football. However, you also know that we are not only all things Georgia, but all things Southern.

One promise we made when we originally started this blog was that we would have a weekly or monthly feature on BBQ  joints around the great state of Georgia. It doesn’t get more Southern than BBQ, and nobody does it as well as the great folks of Georgia. Well, today is the day that we finally bring you that feature. (One thing to note, this is an unpaid endorsement we give. Thus, we will share our honest thoughts, whether they be good, bad, or indifferent.) We hope that you enjoy this addition, and would be happy to hear your thoughts.

With that out of the way, here is our first edition:

Scott’s Bar-B-Que– Nestled in beautiful Cochran, Georgia, roughly 45 miles south of Macon, Scott’s BBQ is known and loved around the state. Scott’s was chosen to be our first feature for the primary reason that it is my personal all-time favorite bbq joint. I have dropped by to see Doug, Mildred, Jessie and the gang more times than I care to recount. I rarely make promises this bold, but Scott’s has the “sweetest sweet tea in the land.” What is even better, “Miss” Mildred makes absolutely sure that your glass never gets below half full.

On to the bbq: Doug Kitchens is the owner of Scott’s bbq. Drop by one day to learn a little more about the history of this fine institution. Doug has a pit out back where he personally cooks all the meat. He prepares some fine ribs on his open pit. You’d be hard-pressed to top his pulled pork, which is available on Mondays and Thursdays. Scott’s makes a vinegar-based sauce for their bbq sandwiches, but know just how to mix it. Once you sink your teeth into one, I promise you’ll go back.

The locals say that Scott’s is home to the “world’s best cheeseburger.” I haven’t eaten cheeseburgers everywhere in the world, but I have eaten my fair share, and I can honestly say that I’ve never had one better than at Scott’s. Thus, to the best of my knowledge, the locals are right- Scott’s does have the best cheeseburger in the world. In fact, many times I will forgo the bbq in favor for one of Doug’s cheeseburgers.

The sides are the same you’ll find all across Georgia: baked beans, cole slaw, fries, potato salad and Brunswick stew. To be fair, the stew wasn’t my favorite, but it’s unique in the fact that it is slightly soupier than most, and it is distinct.

I remember back when I was attending the University of Georgia, I had requests to swing through Cochran every time I came home and pick up a few pints of Scott’s bbq from some buddies who had succumbed to all that is wonderful about Doug’s recipe. And I did. And they always wanted more.

To this day, any time I get the chance I stop by to visit with the folks and eat a bbq sandwich (or more often, a cheeseburger and fries).

If you’re ever in the area, I would strongly suggest that you make the trip over and give it a try. Tell them Buster sent you, they’ll know who you’re talking about. It’s worth the trip, I promise. If you’re a first-timer, I’d go with a simple bbq sandwich and an order of fries. Tell Mildred you want sweet tea when you walk in the door. She’ll say “Ok sugar, be right there.” And she’ll talk to you the whole time you’re in. By the time you leave, I guarantee you’ll have made a new friend. If you visit on a Friday night, you’d better get there early. The locals are loyal to no end. You can find Scott’s just off the bypass headed into the north end of town. You can’t miss it.  

A middle Georgia favorite, and for good reason. If you don’t believe me, I’ll prove it. Just let us know and I’ll buy your first cheeseburger. Any excuse to make it to Scott’s is a good excuse.   

ucheedawg/corbindawg

5 Responses to “NEW: Weekly BBQ Feature”


  1. 1 Granite January 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Uchee is not steering you wrong with this one. The bbq is everything they make it out to be but don’t waste filling up on the stew. I still don’t understand the love of spaghetti noodles in stew. If God wanted anything other than meat, spices and vegetables to be put in Brunswick stew it would have been invented in Italy. Now the burgers are good but I wouldn’t say the best in the world. Try some pulled pork, skip the stew, get a burger and see for yourself.

  2. 2 Corbindawg January 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    If you are really hungry, like after a round of golf or something, it won’t hurt to get a BBQ sandwhich AND a cheeseburger, with no sides.

    Both are not overwhelming portions individually, but together is enough to fill you up.

  3. 3 SkingleDawg January 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I don’t care what Rob says…the cheese burger at Scott’s is the best I think I have ever had. Can’t vouch for the bbq though- didn’t have any- but the hambugers yes!

  4. 4 dawgfan17 January 21, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Been looking for a great hamburger every since Gabby’s in Columbus closed so I just might have to make the trip and to make it even more with it get some bbq to go. Will look forward to reading about more.


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