In May, Sprayberry's Bar-B-Que, a Newnan, Georgia, institution, turned 90 years old. For more than 70 of those 90 years, Sprayberry's has been a name that strikes a chord with people all over the world. The fame came in taxicabs, the ones that shuttled World War II GIs from Atlanta down Highway 29 to Fort Benning, near Columbus. Almost halfway between the two cities, Sprayberry's was a good place to stop for a bite.
About 10 years ago, when Sprayberry's turned 80, Newnan writer Alex McRae made the case in Newnan-Coweta County Magazine that the war "put the business into overdrive," as soldiers passed along tales of the place. Thus did the name Sprayberry's begin to spread.
We're happy as clams that Sprayberry's is now a Bitter Southerner Family Establishment — which means you can take your Card-Carrying Bitter Southerner card (an exclusive for Family Members, hint hint ...) and get 10 percent off your check, any time you want.
But here in our General Store, we are particularly gleeful because the Sprayberry family has bestowed upon us an honor. Today, The Bitter Southerner becomes the world's only online outlet for Sprayberry's barbecue sauces, both the original recipe and mustard sauce (for those of you who like that tangy Carolina thing).