Boner’s BBQ – Atlanta, Ga – Brad Nevin

Boner’s BBQ

Cinco de Mayo, 2011

Last night was one of those nights where everything just falls into place.  The boys at are fired up for summer and a long awaited trip to Boner’s BBQ by Turner Field was finally here.  The Braves were going for a 4 game sweep of the Brew Crew so we figured Cinco de Mayo and all…let’s do this.

We parked at Boner’s BBQ which is about 100 yards from the Ted and ordered up some Q: ribs, mexican corn, 420 baked beans, a pork taco and a pulled pork sammy were on the menu tonight.  We hit the liquor store next door for beer, it’s BYOB right now but they’re working on their liquor license, and went up to the HUGE roof top deck which was built for camera crews during the 1996 Olympics.  You can see everything from up there, from the stadium all the way to the city skyline.

First the ribs…3 gigantic baby backs with tons of the spicy rub coating the outside; there’s more meat on these than just about any I have come across.  Very good although I told the staff there they might want to cut them for the folks who are not keen on pulling their ribs apart.  I found the thicker, sweet sauce went quite well with them, and I did my usual skinning of the bone until there was nothing left.  The corn was coated in butter and cilantro and we got two small ears a piece…nice quantity.  My cohort had the pork sammy with slaw; what I liked was that it came on two dinner rolls instead of a big bun like most, and I love slaw on pork sandwiches!  It was solid and I think the vinegar sauce would go very nicely with this one.  The 420 baked beans are a mix of black and pinto and are coated in a thick, sweet sauce; the portions are quite generous and I was full as a tick upon completion.

The pork taco was a nice Cinco de Mayo touch and we learned that that pork was very high quality and was donated by a friend of the restaurant for the occasion.  I have been a Braves fan all my life, and this place combines two of my all time favorites…baseball and BBQ…seriously, what a great call to set up shop by the Ted.   Boner’s also has a mustard sauce completing the hat trick and they had mixed up some crazy salts for the holiday: their spicy rub and cosher salt and some herbs and cosher salt was out for customers to add on their own…very crafty and I wish I had coated my corn in them…next time hopefully.

With full bellies, we met some friends and hit the stadium to watch Brandon Beachy throw a very nice game indeed.  We had 755 passes and it was a nice, cool evening…perfect for baseball.  Martin Prado came to bat in the 8th with the game tied at 1 a piece and hit a monster home run deep to left field; it landed just below our table and we went up 2 to 1.  With that, Craig Kimbrel came in to save the game and Atlanta is holding firm in the middle of the pack in the East.  I say go to Boner’s BBQ before each and every Braves game for some good Q and great pregaming…let us know what you think of Boner’s as well!!

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