Dennis’ BBQ

One of the best

It was contributor chickenplucker’s ode to Augusta restaurants that lead me to Dennis’ BBQ, where the motto is, “If you want good food then come to where the good food is.” It is an out-of-the-way parlor where a combination of wood and coal in the pit produces four-star pork, pork ribs, and chicken infused with vivid smoke flavor.

Sauceless, the chicken would be magnificent, its skin crisp as bacon, its meat glowing with spice. Dennis’ offers the option of jerk chicken, and I have to wonder if some of that jerk seasoning finds its way into the regular chicken – it is that intense. Or is its radiance simply the pizazz induced by hours of smoke? To adorn the chicken Dennis provides sauce with a mustard twang and sweet undertone. It is available regular, which is pretty hot, and hot, which sneaks up and sets a tongue on fire, and very hot, for which a palate of asbestos would come in handy.

The sauce is an ideal halo for big ribs that are knock-out smoky as well as for chopped pork in which the smoke flavor is more diffuse. Dennis’ chopped beef also benefits from the sauce, but it lacks the flavor nuances of pork. Hash on rice, which is the de rigueur complement to barbecue in this part of the world, is pungent with a sweet & sour nature, less about meat and more about its exclamatory seasoning. Atop a bed of fluffy rice, it becomes something elegant.

Just off Tobacco road in Hephzibah, Dennis’ is a tiny place where most business is take-out. Five tables with molded plastic bench seats are available for on-premises dining.

What to Eat
Dennis’ BBQ, Barbecue Chicken
Barbecue Chicken
BBQ chicken sucks in a massive amount of smoke flavor as it cooks.
Dennis’ BBQ, Hash on Rice
Hash on Rice
Dennis's hash on rice is hot, sweet, and slightly sour.
Dennis’ BBQ, Barbecue Pork
Barbecue Pork
Dennis's pork is a finely chopped, motley mix.
Dennis’ BBQ, Ribs
Got meat? On Dennis's ribs, plenty!
Dennis’ BBQ, Barbecue Beef
Barbecue Beef
BBQ beef is a good conduit for Dennis' outstanding sauce.
Dennis’ BBQ, Collard Greens
Collard Greens
Collard greens are a fine, green-vegetable balance for a mighty meaty meal.
Dennis’ BBQ, Cornbread
Cornbread is nice crumbled up atop greens.
Dennis’ BBQ, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Gentle-tempered mac 'n' cheese is nice balance for the pyrotechnics of the meat.
Dennis’ BBQ, Yams
Soft, spicy yams have a smoky backstory.
Directions and Hours
open now
Wednesday11am - 7pm
Thursday11am - 7pm
Friday11am - 8pm
Saturday11am - 8pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 37 MILES | 1 hr 1 min

Augusta, Georgia, is a destination city for anyone who loves Deep South barbecue. That means pork, hereabouts served with hash on rice and greens or -- glory be! -- in a Perry's Pig sandwich topped with crunchy cracklins. Cleve Edmunds has been doing it right for 60+ years. Leading sources range from very humble (Freeman's

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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