Meet Atlanta’s next great pitmaster—Bryan Furman of B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue

posted on October 14, 2016 at 2:29 pm
Bryan Furman pulling a brisket from the smoker. Phot by Jennifer Zyman

Bryan Furman pulling a brisket from the smoker.
Phot by Jennifer Zyman

The first thing that strikes you when you meet Bryan Furman, the owner of B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue, is his passion and confidence. The first-generation pitmaster carries himself with the kind of self-assuredness and restaurant smarts you’d expect to find in someone with many more years under their belt.

But the 35-year-old has every reason to be confident. His Savannah restaurant opened in 2014 and quickly earned praise from Garden & Gun and Southern Living. When faulty equipment sparked a fire that burned the restaurant to the ground, the entire Savannah community rallied behind Furman to help get the restaurant back up and running.

When Furman made the decision to open a second B’s location in Atlanta last year, his wife Nikki, then a property manager, found the perfect location in a cozy red house in Riverside. Furman and Nikki moved to Atlanta, along with several members of his Savannah team, and opened the restaurant in September.

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