Southern Soul Barbeque
2020 Demere Road
Saint Simons Island GA
This was an unexpected surprise for me on this trip. While I’ve heard of Southern Soul Barbeque before I just didn’t ever try to see where it was located. So you can guess my satisfaction when I punched in barbecue on my GPS that it brought up this jewel of an establishment.
Located on the Golden Isles of Georgia, St. Simons Island to be precise, Southern Soul is a landmark situated in one of the few roundabouts in the south east. With its large pavilion out front with picnic tables and cool southern décor this place is inviting from the start. Before you hit the front door the smoker is going and the smells really get you in the mood.
On the inside it is as you’d expect, clean with a bar out front, simple to read menu with a blackboard showing the days specials.
I’m a terrible photographer so please don’t beat me up too bad here.
As usual when I hit one of these landmark BBQ joints I want to try the whole menu, but I will settle with a combo meal to give me the most exposure to their products with in reason.
Here I ordered the brisket pulled pork combo with Brunswick stew and slaw.
The presentation was nice with three slices of brisket, about a ¼ lb of pork, plenty of Brunswick stew and enough slaw to do anyone in.
Wayne I both are certified barbeque judges through KCBS so when you go into an establishment like this you have to turn your hat around a little bit and understand these folks are producing BBQ for the masses. It’s very difficult to sell “competition” style BBQ and make a profit. With that said, the brisket was really great. The smoke was just right with enough beef flavor to make your mouth say “Hey NOW!”
The pork was outstanding and well above the realm of over the counter “Q”. Being moist, sweet and tender, flavorful and no excess fat laying around, I was very impressed.
The Brunswick stew was tasty with the right amount of heat. It had lima beans, corn, and a good tomato taste with the meat all rolled into one fine side dish.
Soul slaw is mayo based with not to much mayo. It had kind of a flat flavor but really, I was here for the BBQ.
They have 4 sauces
Red Swine Wine
North Carolina vinegar
Tasty bold with a lil’ spice
Sweet Georgia Soul
Their signature sauce is a tangy tomato base with a lil’ mustard touch. Rich in flavor and pairs well with pork and brisket
Hot Georgia Soul
Hot and spicey
Mild to hot with a slight tang. Very good
Low Country Soul
South Carolina Mustard
Similar to a spicy mustard light on bbq flavor
All in all this was one of my favorite places that I’ve been. The wait staff was very attentive. By the way I never let anyone know I’m there to write a review. The food was great, the atmosphere was fun. I highly recommend this BBQ joint and would go out of my way to eat here again.
They have a Facebook page with their daily specials listed so be sure to “like” them.