5/29/2012 10:38:00 AM

The Best BBQ Restaurants in 10 U.S. Cities

Ribs from Buckeye Roadhouse in San Francisco, CA
While the best spots for barbecue in the U.S. are mostly in small towns down windy dirt roads or in roadside shacks, in honor of Barbecue Week, we've combed through all of our Top Barbecue lists nationwide to present you with the No. 1-rated spots in 10 major cities. Click through the slideshow below to scope out the top barbecue joint in a city near you, and let us know your own favorite spots in the comments.

13 comments :

  1. Why, when there are so many amazing bbq joints in Austin, did you decide to pick one that was an hour drive out of town. Is Snow's really better than all of lockhart, the salt lick, Lamberts and Franklin?

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  2. It's pretty ridiculous to claim that half of the best BBQ joints in the country are in California and the north east...

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    1. Don't forget Buster's in Portland for the best beef ribs anywhere!

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  3. I think what they're saying here is that these are the best BBQ places in ten random U.S. cities. Because they are certainly not the best cities for BBQ, or the best BBQ restaurants in the country (wouldn't that have been a better list to have...?)

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  4. When in Houston, I sought out Goode & Co. and can not begin to tell you how pedestrian their food is. The barbecue wasn't even
    mediocre, and I do not care what standard you use.
    After eating some of the meat, I longingly looked at the unknown restaurant across the street and wished I had taken my chances there.

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  5. You didn't even mention a place in Kansas City?? The freaking bbq capital of the country! Are you kidding me?

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  6. This is the stupidest list I've ever seen. The bad BBQ places in Memphis and Kansas City are better than any of these. BBQ in Boston. Come on guys..

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  7. I agree with the prior posts. AND you left out all the best Southeastern style pork barbecue in North Carolina, with its many ethereal BBQ joints, and even including in real cities like Charlotte. A major omission, you should be ashamed of yourself.

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  8. Dear Zagat, please at least acknowledge receipt of the comments above and indicate if you attend to address them in any way, such as a new and improved list.

    Or vouchers for each of the commenters to get a half-slab at their favorite places, with the opportunity to write up and submit a review for your new list.

    Thanks,

    COG

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  9. How do you compile a list of BBQ places without even mentioning Memphis, one of the BBQ capitals??!! Certainly the mediocre ones there are better than random BBQ places in California!

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  10. You can't have a list without including Missouri, Tennessee, and North Carolina. That would be like a list of pizza places and ignoring New York City and Chicago.

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