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.
If BBQ Classics are your thing 4 Rivers has you covered. If their Signature Angus Brisket and Southern-Style Pulled Pork don’t have your mouth watering their Burnt Ends, Prime Rib and Smoked Chicken will surely do the trick. And if you’re having trouble deciding you can always try the Smokehouse 2 x 2 or Pitmaster Combo and taste more of the delicious barbeque 4 Rivers Atlanta has to offer.
If you’re looking for something more portable for meals on-the-go look no further than the Signature Stackers. 4 Rivers has Sandwiches, Sliders, Tacos, and Quesadillas stacked high and bursting with irresistible slow smoked goodness. If you’re feeling saucy you can try the heaping pile of pulled pork on the Messy Pig, the brisket/sausage mashup on The Longhorn, or the grilled to perfection Smokehouse Cuban.
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.
While the meats are the centerpiece of the menu, the sides are good enough to stand on their own as well. Enjoy backyard barbeque classics like the BBQ Baked Beans, Southern Coleslaw, or John’s Potato Salad. Or let yourself be tantalized by the classic creamy Mac and Cheese, Collard Greens, Smokehouse Corn, or Texas Cornbread with cheddar and jalapenos.
For the kids, we have the Lil’ Bites Menu created just for our smallest guests.
If you’re looking for something From the Garden 4 Rivers also has lighter fare to offer. You can try the Smoked Portabella with caramelized onions and melted provolone, Vegetarian Quesadilla featuring seasonal vegetables, cheddar cheese, and chipotle aioli, or the Veggie’s ‘N Grits if you’re looking for a little something different. At 4 Rivers it’s always possible to dine on health-conscious options without sacrificing a hint of the robust and delicious flavor.
Nothing ends a good meal better than something sweet. And 4 Rivers’ own The Sweet Shop provides some of the most delicious cakes, bars, cookies and confections that the south has to offer. Feel free to try the Chocolate Awesomeness or Bananas Foster Bread Pudding baked with Challah bread and fresh bananas. 4 Rivers even has limited edition treats like the Seasonal Whoopie Pie or Seasonal Pop Tart. The Sweet Shop also caters to those gluten free eaters with delicious Coconut Macaroons and Buckeyes (a peanut butter / chocolate concoction that will knock your socks off). If you want something simple like John’s Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie or something more whimsical like the state fair inspired Fried Oreos 4 Rivers has something for everyone with a sweet tooth.
Every single day we’re hard at work to be the best BBQ in Atlanta and Fulton County.
If you can’t manage to bring yourself to 4 Rivers there’s no need to worry. 4 Rivers can bring their hot, smoky, delicious Atlanta BBQ to you. Whether you want to order one of our buffet style catering packages like the Wagonload or the Smokehouse Shindig, or choose from the A La Cart menu, you’ve got an abundance of options to choose from. Just pick your appetizers, your barbeque meats, your sides, and your sweets, and you’re on your way to a catered meal worthy of any special occasion. 4 Rivers Atlanta Catering includes 4R Signature BBQ sauce, buns, plates, utensils and napkins. You can allow our catering team to set-up, service, and clean up your event whether it’s a picnic, wedding, or corporate event. For a small additional charge, premium catering is also available with upgraded utensils and service ware for upscale occasions.
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.”