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North Florida/Georgia "Real" Barbecue

greghoffman | Jun 26, 2009 10:22 AM

I'm going to be in the St. Augustine/Jacksonville area for the week after July 4th, and will have considerable time to kill. I'm looking for the best barbecue places within 4 hours or so of St. Augustine.

I lived in Florida for a few years in the late 20th century, so I'm familiar with the "chains" - Sonny's, Woody's, etc. Not that I'm knocking them, but what I'm looking for is the little independent place - the little 10-table concrete-block building 20 miles from anywhere, the guy selling smoked meats through a window in a grocery store, or even the guy that sets up a smoker in a gas station parking lot, and is only open on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 11:00 and 2:30. I want to see the pile of oak or hickory sitting out back, and be able to smell the smoke from the place 5 minutes before I can see it.

Any recommendations of this nature in North Florida or Georgia - say, north to Savannah, west to Tallahassee, and south to Vero Beach? If you happen to know that the place keeps odd hours, please include that info in your recommendation.

Thanks in advance.

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