On college game days—specifically when the Georgia Bull- dogs are playing—Southern Soul Barbeque, on St. Simons Island, is packed with fans of football and food. Starting in the morning, bar manager Sophie Kammer batches up drinks, like her Bulldog Smash, a Georgia-fied version of a Bahamian classic. Meanwhile, co-owners Griffin Bufkin and Harrison Sapp fire up a rotating selection of game-day eats, including grilled chicken wings, slathered in a Cheerwine-based barbecue sauce, and smoked fish dip, a local favorite. “The game is blasted on all the TVs as everyone settles in for a good time,” Bufkin says. It’s a champion-worthy spread—and one easily re-created at your own tailgate.
Listen to Southern Soul’s tailgate playlist, including picks from former Georgia QB Stetson Bennett.