Augusta, GA 30906
I've been wanting to try Sconyers Bar-B-Que in Augusta, GA for quite some time now. They have limited hours being only open Thursday-Saturday which has caused me to miss them a number of times while driving through. However, this past week's timing was finally on my side. There was a time in the 1980's when Sconyers was even mentioned in the same sentences as some as the nation's top BBQ spots. People Magazine (not greatly known for BBQ information) did a piece in 1989 which ranked them as one of the top ten BBQ destinations in the nation. You can read the full article here.
The beef here had absolutely no smoke flavor. I joke about sometimes overcooked brisket having "pot roast" type qualities, but this was just that. It was over cooked and covered in a sweet, gravy-like sauce. The ribs tasted parboiled and then grilled. They had a sweet glaze finish that wasn't very appetizing. So far I wasn't impressed with Sconyers...at all. The pulled pork was dry and also equally flavorless. The only redeeming part of my meal was the smoked chicken. It was seasoned well and had obvious smoky flavor. It was a little dry, but I was glad to at least end my meal on a positive note. Another things worth noting is the hash served with rice. I've never had hash before and the best thing I can describe it as would be putting thick Brunswick stew in a blender until it was an even consistency. It wasn't my favorite thing ever, but I didn't hate it either.
The service at Sconyers is outstanding, and I'm sure has something to do with so many repeat/loyal customers. The chicken was the only thing that even had a hint of BBQ flavor though. It seems to be Augusta's premier spot for BBQ right now, although I think we can find a better alternative soon.