Iron Pig: World’s Best BBQ Beans

Iron Pig BBQ in Jefferson, GA. Home of the galaxy’s best beans. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Iron Pig BBQ in Jefferson, GA, is owned and operated by Hunter Garner and his wife, Farrah.

Iron Pig BBQ was recently awarded the honor of Best BBQ Beans in the Entire Galaxy — by a unanimous vote.

Dr. Crawford Long — the first to use ether as a surgical anesthetic — lived and worked in Jefferson.  We’ll long remember how Dr. Long’s personal dedication and ingenuity changed modern medicine.  The nearby museum honoring Dr. Long has historical artifacts and displays detailing the life and discoveries of Dr. Long.

Click Here for the Dr. Crawford Long Museum

Now, I never met Dr. Long.  For all I know he made great beans too.  So, we’re not taking anything away from him.

Mrs. Farrah Hunter. She and her husband, Garner, own & operate Iron Pig BBQ. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

But I have met Hunter Garner and Farrah.  They are two of the nicest people you’ll find anywhere.  The kind of folks you hope will do well in business, in the community and in their personal lives.

Once a week or so, I hop on my motorcycle and happily travel 35 miles for a dose of “my” beans.  That’s how good they are.

Truth is … you might not like them, especially if you like cans of soggy boring beans in a brown sauce with flecks of mystery goop floating around.

Iron Pig BBQ beans come from Hunter’s grandmother’s recipe.  They’re sweet, but not too sweet.  They’re meaty, delicious and blended with a bunch of different types of beans.

They’re thick enough to hold a fork straight up and (hmmm, how SHALL I say this???) they don’t … I mean, you won’t … ummm, the beans aren’t going to give you … well, they’re as easy on the tummy as they are on the tongue.  How’s that?

Iron Pig BBQ’s Main Dining Room ~~ Photo by Robert Sutherland

Sure, Iron Pig BBQ has amazing ribs, but they’re sold out late in the afternoon by the time I get there.  I love their pulled pork and slaw.  Their sweet tea is sweet, their stew is super and their chicken will make you dance.

But for my money, it’s all about the beans.

It’s not a fancy place.  It ain’t for the snooty.  I like that.  People who are too snooty for Iron Pig BBQ are too snooty.  Period.

Worried if the person you’re dating is too snooty?  Take them to Iron Pig BBQ.  If they don’t like the beans, send them back to Newark.

The Part You’re Not Going to Believe

I’m not getting paid to write this.  I buy my meals there, same as everybody else.

Iron Pig BBQ’s Cool Cooker ~~ Photo by Robert Sutherland

Nobody asked me to write this or gave me any suggestions on what to say.  I never listen anyway.

This is all about helping good folks who have great attitudes and a fabulous product.

I think you should give them a try, if you like BBQ.  I think you should give them a try, even if you don’t like BBQ … yet.

This is America.  Folks like the Garners took a shot at starting a small business.

For me it’s worth a half-hour drive.  In my humble opinion, it would be worth a trip for you and your family too.

Hours & Stuff

  • Open Wednesdays from 10 AM until 6 PM.
  • Open Thursday — Saturday from 10 AM until 7 PM.
  • If you want their succulent ribs, don’t wait until closing time.  There won’t be any left.

Contact Info


  • Down the street from the Crawford Long Museum.  Just head west on Rt 11 toward 129.  It’s on the left.
  • Look for the old locomotive on the hill.  That’s their cooker.
  • They’re located near the intersection of GA 11/Lee Street and Epps Street.
  • They’re across from the goofy old building that has a roof made out of what looks like a tent frame with no fabric.  Laugh, but you’ll know what I mean when you see it.


Just one thing.  Please don’t buy all the beans.  Thank you.

About Author

Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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(1) Comment

  1. J W

    ” . . . across from the goofy old building that has a roof made out of what looks like a tent frame with no fabric . . . ” WELL Now, diligent research or simply inquiring from any elderly Jeffersonian would have provided the answer: for those aware of history, It Is Across The Street From The former Jefferson Mills. 

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