It is time for the next stop on the Peach Pundit BBQ Tour. This month, we will be visiting Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District and be hosted by Congressman Lynn Westmoreland at the original Sprayberry’s Barbecue in Newnan. Note – “the original” is not the one just off I-85, that’s the “new” one. But to try Georgia’s Barbecue the way it was meant to be served, we’re going to dip a bit into Georgia’s history where it all started on GA Hwy 29.
Sprayberry’s after all, was the barbecue headquarters of none other than the patron saint of GA BBQ, Lewis Grizzard. The quote in the headline is his, as he described the pork served not far from his hometown of Moreland. Let’s just lift a bit from their own website:
Four generations of Sprayberrys have continued the tradition with more than 85 years of service to travelers, businessmen and women, and locals. Politicians from U.S. Presidents to Governors have campaigned at Sprayberry’s and entertainers and athletes stop for barbecue when traveling nearby. “Regular” customers include sports fans making their way between Athens, Atlanta, and Auburn. Others visit as they travel to and from the beach. Holidays bring families who have made a meal at Sprayberry’s part of their family tradition.
Country music star, Alan Jackson, who waited tables at Sprayberry’s during high school, stops in for his barbecue, Brunswick stew, and lemon pie when he’s home. The late humorist/columnist, Lewis Grizzard, declared Sprayberry’s, “merely the best barbecue joint on earth.” The Lewis Grizzard Special (a barbecue sandwich, Brunswick stew, and onion rings) was Lewis’ meal of choice.
There are many variations of Georgia BBQ, but let’s consider this ground zero. Pulled pork, tomato sauce, and Brunswick Stew the way God himself intended it – no. green. vegetables. It makes me tear up a bit just thinking about it.
As is the custom of this event, Congressman Westmoreland will speak to us for a “few minutes”, and some of us from Peach Pundit will do a Q&A podcast with him. As always, our two rules are 1) This is not a town hall, leave the axes you want to grind at home, and 2) no wagering.
In addition, a member of the Sprayberry family will provide us a few stories about the history of the restaurant and what it was like serving Lewis Grizzard and others who have dined there.
Date: Monday, June 24th
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30Pm
Location: 229 Jackson Street, Newnan GA 30263
I really look forward to being there, and look forward to seeing some of you. Others, not so much.
P.S. Save The Dates: Our July BBQ tour date has been confirmed for July 27th in Augusta Georgia. Congressman John Barrow will officially step up and make the Peach Pundit Tour a bi-partisan affair. Location/time specifics are still being determined.
In September, Congressman Doug Collins will host us at Zeb’s BBQ in Danielsville on Saturday, September 14th. I believe the time there will be 4:30 to 6:30. For the record, UGA is off that Saturday so it will not conflict with viewing one of our games.