Well, folks, this is it.  We are down to two.  It’s been a lot of fun working with Peach State Pride and all the great BBQ restaurants from all over our great state.  Zeb’s and Holcomb’s will battle for the #GeorgiaBBQ Bracket Challenge Championship through Sunday at 10PM ET.  Remember – every vote counts, so tell all your kin to get to clickin’:

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This is a smack-talk approved round…let’s hear it!



  1. 04/09/2015 / 10:04 AM

    We loves Zebs it has been in the family longer than I have.

  2. Elaine Brown
    04/09/2015 / 10:04 AM

    Good stuff

  3. Donna
    04/09/2015 / 11:27 AM

    Great food and friends

  4. Donna Merritt
    04/09/2015 / 1:43 PM

    Holcomb’s is the best.

  5. Donna Merritt
    04/09/2015 / 1:44 PM

    Holcomb’s is the best. I have been going to Holcomb’s forever.

  6. Kimberly Hardman
    04/09/2015 / 1:45 PM

    Zebs has the best bbq, stew, & sauce around!

  7. wanda wilkes
    04/09/2015 / 2:57 PM

    The best BBQ and stew !!!!!!

    you would ever eat.

  8. Mitch
    04/09/2015 / 3:29 PM

    Zeb’s always

  9. 04/09/2015 / 4:13 PM

    Holcombs has always been my go to place. Willing to try Zebs as a taste test.

  10. Misty
    04/09/2015 / 4:27 PM

    ZEB’S ZEB’S ZEB’S!!!!!!!!!!!!! The best BBQ and STEW anywhere.

  11. Pam
    04/09/2015 / 4:54 PM

    Best sauce around….

  12. Laurie
    04/09/2015 / 5:20 PM

    Zeb’s is the best

  13. Brenda
    04/09/2015 / 5:36 PM

    Love me some Zeb’s best stew and sauce I have ever put in my mouth. Oh and let me not forget the great people that work there they are the best !!

  14. Rhonda
    04/09/2015 / 5:49 PM

    Zeb’s…. Been in business over 60 years….the best!!!!!!

  15. Allison Lanning
    04/09/2015 / 5:50 PM

    Best stew EVER!!! BBQ and their sauce is just perfect!! Miss working in Madison county and eating there all the time!

  16. Kyle Vaughn
    04/09/2015 / 5:53 PM

    Win lose or draw. Zebs will always win in my book.

  17. nora chitwood
    04/09/2015 / 6:12 PM

    Zeb’s the best

  18. Melody
    04/09/2015 / 6:17 PM

    I’ve been eating Zeb’s my whole life.

  19. Mark
    04/09/2015 / 6:19 PM

    Holcomb’s is good, but I wouldn’t drive 30 miles to Greensboro just to have it. I readily drive 35 miles to have Zeb’s, it is the best Q in NE Georgia.

  20. Lucy
    04/09/2015 / 6:23 PM

    I am not fond of Zebs stew.I have had Holcombs,I like it better.

  21. Becky
    04/09/2015 / 6:26 PM

    My husband and I had our first date at Zeb’s in 1997 and are still together!! We love it!!

  22. Travis sims
    04/09/2015 / 6:30 PM

    Live near Zeb’s and work near Holcomb’s. Both are great but I’ll take Holcomb’s

  23. Ron Poulnott
    04/09/2015 / 6:34 PM

    Been eating it for 32 years..

  24. Brenda Edwards
    04/09/2015 / 6:42 PM

    Holcombs BBQ has travel all the way to Schweinfurt, Germany because an American Soldier could not come home to eat some!!!

  25. Nan
    04/09/2015 / 6:54 PM

    Been eating Zeb’s more than50 yrs

  26. Linda Thomason
    04/09/2015 / 6:54 PM

    Zebs is the best

  27. janice an james graham
    04/09/2015 / 6:59 PM

    we vote zebs there bbq an stew is the best.

  28. Banister SEXTON
    04/09/2015 / 7:08 PM

    Best I ever eat anywhere.

  29. Tammy Buggay
    04/09/2015 / 7:23 PM

    I love Zebs bbq

  30. Travis
    04/09/2015 / 7:23 PM

    Zeb’s has been around as long as I can remember. It is the best of the best. Meat and sauce are great.

  31. Linda Johnson
    04/09/2015 / 7:35 PM

    OOOH, Lordy! I love me some Holcomb’s stew! BBQ is rich, lean and love the hot sauce. I always get me an extra cup of sauce.
    Good Luck Holcomb’s! whether you win contest or not….You will always be a WINNER around here!

  32. Jason Towe
    04/09/2015 / 7:37 PM

    If you want some good BBQ that’s Zeb’s

  33. Judy
    04/09/2015 / 7:51 PM

    Zebs can’t be beat!!

  34. 04/09/2015 / 8:07 PM

    Holcomb’s all the way……..been in business LONGEST !!

  35. 04/09/2015 / 8:19 PM

    Perry and I ate Zeb’s Bar B Q when we were dating fifty one yrs ago. It was really good then and still is.

  36. Amber
    04/09/2015 / 8:27 PM

    Zeb’s hands down!!! I’m surprised Triple D hasn’t been to visit yet!

  37. Diane
    04/09/2015 / 8:37 PM

    Zeb’s, yes

  38. Henrietta
    04/09/2015 / 8:45 PM

    We love Zeb’s Best BBQ around.

  39. Bobby
    04/09/2015 / 9:16 PM

    Zeb’s is second to NONE… When people drive from N.C. to get this BAR-b-Que, its got to be good. I’ve eaten at both places…Zeb’s is REAL Bar-B-Que!!!

  40. Wanda Karen Thompson
    04/09/2015 / 9:19 PM

    My family has been eating there since the 1940s! I have cousins who drive from NC just to eat at Zeb’s!

  41. Donna
    04/09/2015 / 9:22 PM

    Zeb’s…this is what we’ve served for birthdays and special occasions around our house for 40+ years. It’s always good headed to-from the lake too!!

  42. Barbara Hines
    04/09/2015 / 9:36 PM

    Zebs is the best will ever eat, I vote for Zebs B.B.Q.

  43. Andrea
    04/09/2015 / 9:40 PM

    Zebs of course! Been going there for 30+ years. Never heard of Holcombs.

  44. Laran
    04/09/2015 / 9:42 PM

    Holcombs may have been open longer, but Zebs BBQ is the BEST IN THE STATE!!!

  45. lisa
    04/09/2015 / 9:47 PM

    My family loves Zeb’s it the best

  46. Sherri Maxwell
    04/09/2015 / 9:49 PM

    Zeb’s Bar-B-Que is the best hands down.

  47. Sharon
    04/09/2015 / 10:05 PM

    Zeb’s great food and great people!

  48. Felicia King
    04/09/2015 / 11:00 PM

    Nobody beats Zeb’s BBQ!

  49. rita
    04/09/2015 / 11:13 PM

    we drive to zebs all the way from Monroe Ga to eat yummy!

  50. Ashley
    04/09/2015 / 11:27 PM

    My family loves Zeb’s BBQ! Wonderful food, family, and traditions.

  51. Terry Ross
    04/09/2015 / 11:30 PM

    You just cannot beat Zeb’s BBQ! And their stew is THE BEST. We love going inside to sit at a table with a pitcher of iced tea and a loaf of Sunbeam bread on every table. They even have their bottled sauce in every table. When the plates come, your mouth is watering way before they reach the table.

  52. Beverly Parten Bentley
    04/09/2015 / 11:32 PM

    Love Zeb’s. Love everything about it!

  53. Dee
    04/10/2015 / 12:50 AM

    I travel extensively. Holcomb’s stew is the Gold Standard by which all other stews are judged. The only “hash” here is #goodstew.

  54. 04/10/2015 / 12:52 AM

    If Zeb”s wins I want to try it because I’ve never tasted anything better than Holcomb’s BBQ.

  55. Brenda
    04/10/2015 / 1:40 AM

    zebs rocks!

    04/10/2015 / 8:19 AM

    I grew up in Madison County and have always loved Zebs BBQ and Stew!


  57. Tammy Bridges
    04/10/2015 / 8:35 AM

    I grew up having Zebs Barbque all my life. We use to get it almost every Saturday. The atmosphere of feeling like you are part of their family has never left. I will always stand by that they have the best stew I have ever had. Now getting to have Zebs as I got older and introducing my grandbabies to it is just heart warming. Go Zebs I hope you win this.

  58. Debbie Rosser
    04/10/2015 / 9:48 AM

    Love Zeb’s BBQ…A Madison County Tradition.

  59. Trina Strickland
    04/10/2015 / 10:03 AM

    Zeb’s….a little taste of “home”….leaves you with a full belly and a big smile on your face! Thanks for feeding my family for as long as I can remember! Love Zeb’s!!

  60. jeff nash
    04/10/2015 / 10:43 AM

    One of the things I miss most is Zeb’s. I have eaten there my entire life, and still consider it the best.

  61. Peggy Clemons
    04/10/2015 / 12:10 PM

    Zebs will always be no.1 with me. Zebs is the best!!

  62. priscilla marchman
    04/10/2015 / 1:00 PM

    you cant find any better than holcombs anywhere

  63. Rosa Harrison
    04/10/2015 / 4:38 PM

    Holcomb’s was served at out daughter’s wedding rehearsal dinner. She absolutely wouldn’t have anything else. Why would she? She had been eating it all her life. Nothing says southern like Holcomb’s BBQ.

  64. Carley
    04/10/2015 / 5:12 PM

    Zebs is the best!!

  65. Terry
    04/10/2015 / 5:55 PM

    Zeb’s the best!!

  66. Obama
    04/10/2015 / 7:59 PM

    Holcomb’s is so good, I even like it…and Muslims don’t even eat pork!!!

  67. 04/10/2015 / 8:07 PM

    Love Holcomb’s. Good Food and good people!

  68. Roy
    04/10/2015 / 8:19 PM

    Zeb’s all the way!

  69. Brenda
    04/11/2015 / 7:46 AM

    Yummy stew an sauce

  70. stacey
    04/11/2015 / 8:30 AM

    Zeb’s catered my brother’s wedding…….in KENTUCKY! Those racehorse folk were mighty impressed with that BBQ!

  71. Elaine Brown
    04/11/2015 / 11:08 AM

    Zed’s is fun to eat

  72. Rickey
    04/11/2015 / 6:38 PM

    I definitely woulf say Zebs. The BBQ is moist and the stew has plenty of meat in it.

  73. Becki Dorr
    04/11/2015 / 6:46 PM

    The first time my brother took me to Zeb’s, I didn’t expect anything any different than I had always eaten. Boy was I surprised. That was without a doubt the best barbecue I have ever put into my mouth. Zeb’s is #!.

  74. Tiffany Harris
    04/11/2015 / 8:53 PM

    My mom used to take me to Zeb’s all the time when i was a kid i have never had anything as good a miss it since i have moved

  75. Nettie Wolfe
    04/11/2015 / 8:54 PM

    Holcomb ‘s is the best, come from Florida all the way to Greensboro, Ga for BBQ. The food and service is wonderful.

  76. Mandy Collins
    04/11/2015 / 9:24 PM

    Zeb’s is the best 🙂

  77. Ann Wilson
    04/11/2015 / 9:50 PM

    Never eaten Zebs BBQ and it is probably good but I have eaten Holcomb’s BBQ and it is so so so delicious!! And the folks working there are some mighty fine folks!

  78. Pam Livesay
    04/12/2015 / 9:05 AM

    Hand”s down Zeb’s is the best I’ve tried!!! Come on, everyone VOTE,and bring home the trophy!

  79. Matt
    04/12/2015 / 9:13 AM

    This competition is a toss up to me. I’m basing my decision on who has the prettier granddaughter. Kelly at Holcombs or Abbi at Zebs. You should make that your tiebreaker Red Clay Soul. 😉

  80. Ally
    04/12/2015 / 9:37 AM

    Zeb’s has the best bbq,stew,and Sauce around! it’s been in my family long than I have been alive.

  81. Vicki Floyd
    04/12/2015 / 9:53 AM

    Zebs is by far the best BBQ around.

  82. Grace
    04/12/2015 / 11:26 AM

    Zebs has the best sauce, and the family is so sweet. All the workers know what they are doing.

  83. carl
    04/12/2015 / 12:10 PM

    Zeb’s is open on Sundays why isn’t Holcomb’s? Because zebs cares.

  84. Anna
    04/12/2015 / 1:08 PM

    Zebs all the way!!

  85. Brooke
    04/12/2015 / 1:35 PM


  86. Jeremy
    04/12/2015 / 2:28 PM

    Zeb’s is the best!!!!

  87. Jennifer Chastain
    04/12/2015 / 2:59 PM

    After church on Sunday, that long drive from Carolina to Granny’s little house on New Haven and 2 lbs of Zebs meat, 2 qts of stew, that fresh loaf of Sunbeam bread all sittin on Granny’s little round table. My pick will always be Zebs. #favoritememory

  88. 04/12/2015 / 3:13 PM

    Holcomb’s BBQ goes to the MARINE CORPS,NAVY,& COAST GUARD in Norfolk,Va by special request just about every other month.
    They can’t get enough stew or bbq. It’s the best……

  89. Gracie
    04/12/2015 / 3:25 PM

    During the summer Janet would walk around the store with a flannel tied to her belly button and shorts with sandals askin if anyone wanted anything. #bestmemory

  90. Laran
    04/12/2015 / 3:26 PM

    My son was in the navy, and Mrs Janet Crowe came up to him and gave him a free shirt and a hug!! She did that with every person who fought for us!!

  91. 04/12/2015 / 3:27 PM


  92. Callie
    04/12/2015 / 4:34 PM

    Carl, the reason Holcomb’s isn’t open on Sunday’s is because they go to church

  93. Wanda King
    04/12/2015 / 5:11 PM

    My Aunt lived in Royston and I still have cousins who live there and I loved going to Zeb’s. I wish I lived closer. I would like to have some right now. The bbq and stew the best!!

  94. Martha Lewallen
    04/12/2015 / 5:24 PM


  95. Page
    04/12/2015 / 5:26 PM

    WOW, really guys??? Its not how “Christian” you look on the outside, i.e. “GOING TO CHURCH ON SUNDAYS” but rather your personal relationship with God. Yes, Zeb’s is open on Sundays-even if its for only a few hours…Firefighters, Police Officers, EMT’s, Doctors etc.They work Sundays as well, and 12HR SHIFTS AT THAT! That doesn’t mean they don’t have a relationship with God. If anything they have MORE of a servants heart!!! Its sad that a someone would attack a family business and their employees moral values over a simple BBQ Competition. Really. I have never had Holcombs, so I cannot compare it to Zeb’s. But when it comes down to humanity, hospitality, community, and Zeb’s wonderful food…Hands down, I suppose nothing really could compare. So, ZEB’s it is!!!

  96. Kelsey
    04/12/2015 / 5:45 PM

    Don’t forget nurses :)!! #servantsheart #zebsbbq

  97. Page
    04/12/2015 / 5:53 PM

    Yes, Nurses also…And Dispatchers;) Zeb’s ALL THE WAY!!!

  98. Bill
    04/12/2015 / 6:06 PM

    I love Zeb’s but Bar-H has the best Baby Back Ribs I’ve ever eaten!

  99. Jim
    04/12/2015 / 6:16 PM

    Zeb’s all the way! I’ve been eating Zeb Dean BBQ for fifty years!
    From upstate SC but drive to get good cue!

  100. Paul
    04/12/2015 / 6:16 PM

    Great stew and Que

  101. Marion
    04/12/2015 / 6:16 PM

    Zeb’s Brunswick Stew has ruined me for all other stews. I’ve tried them all an no one measures up to Zeb’s! Heck – I even married the family!!!

  102. Jack Darrell Fortson Sheriff (Ret.)
    04/12/2015 / 6:22 PM

    Zeb’s is the best by far!

  103. Terry Cleveland
    04/12/2015 / 6:32 PM

    Zeb’s is still the best

  104. Austin
    04/12/2015 / 6:43 PM

    My last name’s Holcomb and

  105. Austin
    04/12/2015 / 6:43 PM

    I still choose zebs… 🙂

  106. Judy
    04/12/2015 / 7:05 PM

    Will come from Augusta to eat and always bring back a gallon of stew!!

  107. Maranda
    04/12/2015 / 7:44 PM

    We love Zebs!!

  108. AJ
    04/12/2015 / 8:23 PM

    Zeb’s, of course!

  109. 04/12/2015 / 8:39 PM

    Luv me some Zebs. Live in Tn, now have to get my friend to bring me Zebs. Miss that stew.

  110. Lonnie
    04/12/2015 / 8:44 PM

    Bring it on home Zebs!

  111. Tracey
    04/12/2015 / 9:03 PM

    Grew up with Zeb’s!!!

  112. Sharon King
    04/12/2015 / 9:12 PM

    I live in Jacksonville, Florida and I never miss the opportunity while in Athens visiting family and friends to make it a priority to visit zebs BBQ

  113. Nannette
    04/12/2015 / 9:32 PM

    I think the winner, , should be rewarded with some custom made Peach State Pride Tee Shirts

  114. Nannette
    04/12/2015 / 9:36 PM

    Why my complete comment was not posted, I don’t know. But my choice is ZEB’s

  115. cliff
    04/12/2015 / 10:08 PM

    ZEB’S most deffentley my family was born and raised on that stuff. James springs forever.

  116. Mauree
    04/12/2015 / 10:16 PM

    ZEBs has the best sauce & stew!!

  117. Lonnie
    04/12/2015 / 10:35 PM

    Can’t say I’ve ever been apart of a BBQ bracket challenge so I’m glad y’all thought of it and carried it out. Love me some Georgia BBQ!

  118. Chloe
    04/12/2015 / 10:46 PM

    Moved from Danielsville to Augusta in 2008 and I still come back for Zebs! Can’t find anything better. I’ve brought some back for friends and they love it too! Wish we had one here!

  119. Otho
    04/12/2015 / 11:22 PM

    Never had such a bowel movement as the time I ate at Zeb’s. Burned for three days!

  120. Kendra
    04/12/2015 / 11:50 PM

    Otho, you are WELCOME!! #goZebs!!

  121. Brandy
    04/13/2015 / 12:24 AM

    We love Zeb Dean’s BBQ!!! My Aunt Cille worked there most of her life and between my Great-Grandmother, my Grandmother, and my momma… I think it’s safe to say I was raised on their BBQ and Stew… Its the only stew I will eat, hands down. And the sauce… not too spicy and not too sweet. Zeb’s should be the official BBQ of the UGA Bulldogs! Lord knows them boys love it as much as we do!!!!

  122. Clarke Kesler
    04/13/2015 / 10:19 AM

    …!!! WHAT A DILEMMA !!!… DON’T MAKE ME CHOOSE….. I have eaten at Zebs most of my life … (63 years)… and at Holcoms for over 30 years…. It makes the right side of my mouth want to fight the left side of my mouth…. and for Heavens sake… don’t get any of that sauce on the side of my face…cause my tongue will twist my head so far around it might break my neck…!!!!

  123. Louie
    04/13/2015 / 12:02 PM

    Zeb’s is the best!!! Enjoy eating there

  124. Connie
    04/13/2015 / 5:59 PM

    I have had both….and you can’t go wrong with either! The sauce and the stew make Zeb’s my favorite, but the meat and those wonderful sweet pickles at Holcomb’s make it pretty special, too! Congrats to both for making it to the finals and to Zeb’s for taking the prize!

  125. Mary
    04/14/2015 / 9:35 AM

    Zeb’s is best by far

  126. Mary
    04/14/2015 / 9:40 AM

    Best BAR B Q EVER

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