Swallow at the Hollow

If you like Southern BBQ, you’ll love the food at the Swallow at the Hollow restaurant in Roswell, Georgia. The Swallow at the Hollow is tucked away on a side street. Many area locals visit often and give the place a friendly atmosphere. The rustic looking interior helps you feel like you’re in the country. Wednesday through Sunday, live music is performed. You may hear a local group or a well-known group on tour.

The restaurant makes many of its own menu items. Their delicious hickory-smoked meats are what they are known for. They also make homemade macaroni and cheese, breads, biscuits, and bread and butter pickles. The sauces area all made fresh. You can choose from a vinegar-based sauce, a sweet sauce, or a mustard based sauce.

A rack of baby-back ribs with a side of fries and baked beans is a picture-perfect meal. If you like a different twist on BBQ, you may enjoy the pit cooked portabella with smoked Gouda & fried green tomato sandwich. Most meals served at the Swallow at the Hollow are huge portions. If you think you have room, you could start the meal with a cup of Brunswick stew. Or, you could save room for their signature desert homemade chocolate chip banana pudding. Beer and wine are available.


Best Baked Beans Recipe

Easy Festive Baked Beans 


My family’s favorite recipe for baked beans. This baked beans recipe is easy because you just let the crock pot do all of the work. The baked beans are a great pot luck dish. The red and green peppers add a festive color to the baked bean dish – makes a great presentation! 




2 cans of black beans (rinsed and drained)

2 cans of baked beans

1 red onion chopped and seeded

1 green pepper chopped and seeded

1 red pepper chopped and seeded

1/4 cup of molasses

3/4 cup of Trader Joe’s Pineapple Salsa (drained)


Add all ingredients to a crock pot or slow cooker. Cook on low setting for 8 hours. 

Serve with your favorite BBQ!



Note: If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s store nearby, just use Newman’s Pineapple Salsa from your regular grocery store. 


Blue Cheese Burgers

How to make a great Blue Cheese Burger

Blue cheese burgers are a favorite meal at our home. The blue cheese adds just enough flavor and lots of moisture to the burger. I always start out with a blend of fresh hamburger. Hamburger meat with a higher fat content, like “ground round”, has a better flavor than lean ground beef. I buy one pound of ground-round and one pound of lean hamburger meat and blend them together. 


The blue cheese that I use is sold in the dairy or cheese case in the grocery store. It’s the blue cheese crumbles. The cheese is perfect to add to the hamburger blend. When I add the cheese to the hamburger, I just use my hands and work it in. Sometimes pieces of the cheese end up on the bottom of the bowl; I just tuck them into the burger patty later.

Hamburger and Blue Cheese Crumbles

Once the cheese has been added, I form the burger patties. I like to make my burgers big and I yield about six to seven burgers. You can make them smaller if you like. I don’t add any salt or pepper to the burgers. They have a perfect flavor with just the cheese.


After the grill is heated and ready, you can add your burgers.


Cook your burgers for about 4 minutes per side or until you think they are done to your liking.


They are wonderful served on a plain bun and even better on a fresh onion roll.