John Rivers has curated and perfected the best BBQ techniques from around the world like St. Louis Barbeque Ribs, California Tri-Tip, Memphis Pulled Pork, Kansas City Burnt Ends, and the best Smoked Chicken and Smoked Chicken Wings anywhere. Not to mention the 4R Signature Smoked Texas-style Brisket that put 4R on the map. The philosophy behind Pitmaster Rivers’ smoked meats is in taking the time to get it right.
Once you pick your meats, choose how you want them: a heaping sandwich, mix-and-match sliders, street tacos, amazing BBQ quesadillas, or get your favorite BBQ by the pound!
Barbecue Sauce can be a touchy subject within BBQ circles and 4 Rivers adds to the debate with award-winning traditional BBQ sauces like the Signature 4R Sauce, Hot 4R Signature Sauce, 4R Mustard BBQ Sauce, or try the Smoked Chicken with White BBQ Sauce. To all the barbecue purist who just can’t bring themselves to put sauce on our delectable smoked meats: we totally get it…but at least try it on some fries.
Now, at 4 Rivers, we take the same approach to our homestyle sides as we do with our award-winning barbecue. Discovering, testing and improving upon the best of the best downhome recipes for southern favorites like Coleslaw, Sweet Potato Casserole, Fried Okra, Corn on the Cob, Potato Salad, Baked Cheese Grits, Barbequed Beans, Mac & Cheese, Collard Greens, Biscuits, and Cornbread.
For the kids, we have the Lil’ Bites Menu created just for our smallest guests. There are Vegetarian options like our popular Smoked Portabella Sandwich, savory Vegetable Quesadillas, or our southern favorite Veggies ‘N Grits. We also have gluten-free options. Just ask us!
After enjoying your BBQ, head to our bakery, The Sweet Shop! While you may be full, at least pick up some to take with you. We bake and decorate all our fresh bakery items daily such as bread pudding made from scratch with Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Bananas Fosters, Fried Oreos, cake balls, dessert bars, cakes, seasonal cupcakes, or try our chocolate cake sundae humbly named “Chocolate Awesomeness.”
Every single day we’re hard at work to be the best BBQ in Atlanta and Fulton County.
And remember 4 Rivers Catering and takeout options for your next event or family gathering. From appetizer trays, to full meals with barbequed meats and sides and desserts, pickup or delivery, nobody does catering like 4 Rivers Atlanta. We’re always striving to be one of Atlanta’s Best Caterers, and we love catering Atlanta events!
As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution describes it, Founder/CEO, John Rivers, has “been a frequent visitor to the city, offering attendees at the annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival a taste of his eclectic approach to regionally influenced barbecue.”
His commitment to bold flavor twists and creative ingredient combinations has garnered numerous accolades for the 4R signature style of barbeque, including being recognized as one of “The South’s Best BBQ Joints” by Southern Living Magazine.
Built in 1915, Fire Station No.16, served the Bellwood neighborhood in northwest Atlanta until 1963 when it was converted to offices. Recognized by the Georgia Historical Society, the two-story brick landmark at 822 Marietta St., is now in the area now known as the Marietta Street Artery, near Georgia Tech. Directly on multiple bus routes, it is a short walk from GT campus or Midtown, a quick Uber from North Avenue Transit Station, or free parking is available in back.
The renovation process took “an extensive amount of care in maintaining the integrity of the original building while modernizing it with today’s conveniences” including a parking lot and street parking in back. The building perfectly exemplifies the 4 Rivers mission of taking the time to do things the right way.
Himself a Jacksonville native, Georgia has never been far from home for Pitmaster John Rivers. He’d like to personally welcome you to the first 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Georgia.
See what others have had to say about our 4 Rivers Smokehouse Atlanta.
“O my goodness this place is so good!!”
“Hands down some of the best barbecue in the city of and metro Atlanta.”
“One of my favorite bbq places in Atlanta.”
“Food is delicious and the service is outstanding..”
“Best BBQ in Orlando, now in the atl”
“Their BBQ is amazing, they have creative sandwiches, and their sides are TO DIE FOR. “
“Amazing food and atmosphere! The barbecue and sides are all delicious.”
“This might be the best BBQ in Atlanta. Fan forever.”
“Moved quick to the top of my favorites list shortly after opening.”
“Best ever brisket you can get. I really have not found a better tasting one. “
“Excellent food!!!! Best BBQ I’ve ever had.”
“It’s amazing, the food is great, the people that work there even nicer.”
“Pro Tip: the upstairs patio is surreal. “
“Food is amazing! My favorite BBQ by far! “
“ I have gone to every “must go” BBQ joint in Atlanta and I have not found a place quite as good.”