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Welder Turned Whole-Hog BBQ Expert Fires Up Smoky Cue In Savannah

A fire nearly destroyed B’s, but the community came together to rebuild it

08/27/2017 20:48 EDT

A few years ago, Bryan Furman was a welder living in Atlanta. Now, he’s running one of the city’s most popular barbecue joints — born out of his passion for raising whole hogs and harvesting local produce. His whole hog joint, B’s Cracklin BBQ, almost didn’t survive, when a 2014 fire destroyed the entire restaurant — but the entire BBQ community came together to raise enough money for Furman to reopen in Savannah, which soon led to yet another location in Atlanta.

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Furman still raises all of his hogs himself, using each part of the pig in his menu, from the smoked shoulder and burnt ends-based meat gravy to the salt-and-pepper-smoked brisket to B’s signature dish — the whole hog plate. B’s Georgia and Carolina-inspired peach mustard sauce is as popular as his barbecue — sweet, tangy, sour, and with just a hint of spice. Be sure to save some of it to go after you’re done with your food, as Furman isn’t giving away the secret sauce recipe anytime soon.   

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** Furman works with a local farmer who raises the hogs for him, he doesn’t raise them himself

Pro tip: Try the collard greens and homemade Peach Mustard Sauce