Plenty comes to mind when I think about barbecue. Theres the meat, the fire, the smoke and, of course, the flavor. Add in a few tasty sides and you have yourself a mouthwatering feast.
On a recent trip to Satterfields in downtown Macon, I was reminded of why Southern barbecue, in particular, strikes my fancy.
Located at 120 New St., Satterfields is no stranger to folks in this area. The restaurant and catering establishment has been serving up food since 1983, offering slow-cooked meats, homestyle sides and homemade desserts.
From barbecue plates to hickory smoked meats by the pound, theres no shortage of options when perusing the menu. My favorite recently was a delicious serving of smoked turkey. It was juicy, flavorful and had just the right about of smokiness to it. Perfect with sauce or without. It was great.
Another item Id recommend is their signature barbecue pork with sauce. The tangy flavor of the sauce combined with the meat is perfect for a sandwich or on a plate. I added some kick to mine, topping it with Satterfields hot barbecue sauce.
No Southern barbecue meal is complete without a few homemade side dishes to go with whatever meat you prefer. For me, on this day, it was a serving of baked beans and Brunswick stew.
At Satterfields, the beans come with ground meat in them, and a sweetness to the sauce that I rather enjoyed. They definitely have a homemade feel to them. The stew was thick and heavier than I was expecting, but also quite good. A little stingy on the corn though. Add in some good old fashioned potato chips, and possibly a few pickles, and you wont be heading home hungry. I certainly didnt, but perhaps thats because I didnt stop there.
I couldnt resist sampling the sliced beef brisket and St. Louis pork spare ribs. Im not usually a fan of either, but I was glad I chose to broaden my horizons. The brisket was, as most usually are, a bit on the salty side. That said, it was flavorful and juicy, and was obviously cooked low and slow. The ribs were so-so, nothing to write home about, but then again, Im more of a fan of the baby back variety.
Satterfields also has hamburger steak made of ground chuck, with onions and gravy, as well as fried or grilled catfish filets with hushpuppies. In the Feathers section of the menu you can get anything from smoked barbecue chicken to fried chicken to chicken and dumplings. Sides include macaroni and cheese, okra and tomatoes, potato salad, green beans and turnip greens, just to name a few.
For dessert, they also offer banana pudding, peach and apple cobbler, key lime pie and Georgia pecan pie.
All in all, Satterfields gave me just what I thought Id get -- flavorful Southern barbecue obviously made with care.
Address: 120 New St., Macon
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Catering services available. Restaurant available for rental Saturdays-Sundays and after 4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids menu: No
Noise level: Low
Price range: $1.25-11.95
Rating: Three 1/2 stars