6/25/2013 11:15:00 AM

16 Must-Try BBQ Spots in 13 U.S. Cities

Fette Sau NYC; Image by Gabi Porter
BBQ Week is in full swing, and we're rounding up some of the tastiest rib joints and smoke shacks in the country in our eight blog cities. But we all know that some of the best 'cue in the nation is found south of the Mason Dixon line. Check out some of our favorite must-try spots in 13 U.S. cities in the slide show.

26 comments :

  1. Pappy's in St. Louis. A huge miss by you guys.

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    1. I agree. Pappys on Olive St, nothing like it anywhere.

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    2. How this never made the list blows me away (Or Bogarts), not one single St. Louis BBQ joint listed in possibly the highest consumer of barbecue per capita in the country.

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    3. Exactly. They'll mention NYC and LA (oh, please!) but not STL.

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    4. Pappys in St Louis--is worth the trip from anywhere. Just excellent BBQ.-- Anonymous-Chicago

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    5. Is there any place in Tx that you left out, get serious that's roast beef with sauce poured on it. Only 1 spot in Memphis? There are so many better than some of the others you list that I have eaten in. Oklahoma Joe's for one is a weak Memphis imitation. There is no good bbq in Altanta, I lived there for 5 yrs. The spots shown in NYC are Memphis style bbq but yet only Cozy Corner is listed from Memphis. Due to its not so great location, most Memphians have never been there. What about Tom's or Central BBQ both have been on Food Network numerous times. Who made this list up? They have no idea about bbq

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  2. Great list, I would consider Slow's out of Detroit. It's gem right across the street from the old train station.

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  3. WTF-why is there even an entry from NYC in this list? And there is broccoli on that plate; who orders broccoli at a BBQ joint?

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    1. The NYC places are owned by Southerners who moved to NYC so they can charge more money. Did you think that New York natives were learning to cook BBQ?

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  4. Only 5 restaurants in the South, and only in TX and GA? None in Memphis or NC, but 2 in NYC and 2 in SF? Gimme a break - this isn't a list of best BBQ, this is marketing the big name restaurants in major urban markets.

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    1. I agree, just another example of Zagat pandering to major urban markets. At least they got Snow's (TX) right.

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  5. Oklahoma Joe's in some of the best BBQ in KC! I approve :)

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    1. Really? Oklahoma Joe's? I've never understood its popularity. It isn't close to the quality of Gates, Jack Stack, Arthur Bryants, or LC's. All of which have better meat and better sauce.

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    2. Why would anyone chose to use "Oklahoma" when naming a BBQ joint? I've never understood how Oklahoma can neighbor Texas and still be so clueless about (mostly) beef BBQ? Hell, most of the football players at OU come from Texas, so you'd think one of them would recognize the void and fill it. And those good folks travel from OK to TX every year to play football in Dallas. While Dallas, by Texas standards, isn't considered a hub for great Texas 'que, it's still gotta be better than anything north of the Red River!

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    3. Oh God, @anonymous, you are soooo right! If I ever have to order a 'last meal,' I want it to be from Jack Stack in Martin City!!

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  6. You need to specify whether you are talking about barbeque or ribs. If you want real barbeque, come to North Carolina!!!!

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  7. Gotta agree...2 NYC, 2 SF and 1 LA, but only 1 KC, 2 Texas, 1 Memphis and no Carolina...definitely not a top flight list!

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  8. How do you NOT have Eastern NC on this list??? Blasphemous!!

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  9. LA? NYC? SFO? Boston? This list is rediculous.

    At least the one in Harlem looks like tasty ribs. The others? Yuck.

    Dude, I live in Chicago and Smoque is about the best around, but it seriously can't compete with places in NC and Texas. Hell, I've even had better mustard based Que in South Carolina. No, I agree this is a marketing list with a couple real joints thrown in for good measure. Is this a list of best you can get near where you live, or best in the country?

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    1. I've never even been to Chicago, but the picture of Smoque's brisket indicates there is absolutely no smoke ring?? How do you slow-cook brisket and not get a smoke ring?? I doubt this joint would last 3 months anywhere in Texas--especially Central & East Texas where the best brisket is found.

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    2. Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem is terrible. Fette Sau in BK is amazing. The places in the list are all owned by Southerners and others who have brought BBQ from the stix to major cities. Get a clue.

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  10. What do you expect? It's Zagat. I suspect if they had had sous vide pork made with liquid smoke, it would "totally fabulous," especially if served with some cornbread foam.

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  11. A couple of major omissions -

    Black's BBQ, Lockhart, TX
    Iron Work's BBQ, Austin, TX
    Hursey's BBQ, Graham, NC

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    1. Lockhart, TX was proclaimed BBQ Capital of Texas by the Texas Legislature. I think most Texans would agree. Black's, Kruez & Smitty's are consistently named in the top 10-20 statewide. But they did it right about Snow's in tiny Lexington.

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  12. A list that skips Kruez and all of Lockhart, Texas isn't serious. Nothing from the entire state of Alabama?


    Dinosaur BBQ in NYC are you kidding? That's pretend barbecue for city idiots. Fette Sau is the real deal though as is Brisket Town.

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