6/24/2013 01:30:00 PM

Destination BBQ: 8 Must-Visit Spots Around the U.S.

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From old-school rib joints to restaurants that are putting new spins on BBQ classics, we've rounded up eight must-visit barbecue destinations around the U.S. Whether you're taking a road trip from north to south or happen to live in one of these locales, these spots should be on any 'cue lover's short list.

14 comments :

  1. the original dinosaur bbq was in syracuse NY... not harlem

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  2. How could you possibly leave out Jinx's in Charlottesville? The absolute best BBQ from a run-down shack smaller than my kitchen. It's the real thing--basic, superb http://www.jinxsbarbecue.com/jinx-menu.htm

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  3. How can a restaurant that's not open yet be a must visit place?

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  4. Shameless self promotion it sounds like! Lol

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  5. Must admit, Zagat is right about Gatlin's in Houston. Beef, dry-rub, sauce on the side--Don't Mess with Texas!!

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  6. Don't agree with Zagat about Salt Lick (TX). It's OK and probably better than most on this list, but there must be 25-30 BBQ joints in Texas that I would not drive past to get to Salt Lick.

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    1. Amen brother-- as Daniel Vaughan said in his book, Salt Lick is probably what a lot of out state folks who visit the Capitol believe to be real Texas BBQ. It ain't bad but they should hit Franklin's first.

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  7. It's really sad that Zagat editors feel the need to patronize their base territory in New York with two places listed. It reminds me of that old "New York View of the World" poster.

    Anyway, I've eaten great BBQ in North Carolina, texas, and other places, but the best place for BBQ is Kansas City. I agree with the listing of the legendary Danny Edwards BBQ, and I love another legend-Arthur Bryant's at the original location at 18th and Brooklyn. Oklahoma Joe's BBQ is also amazing! I live hundreds of miles from KC, so maybe locals have some better ideas.

    But if I could go one place just for BBQ, it's K.C., and never NYC!

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  8. Something tells me you are not from the south.....ribs are more Kansas and Tennessee. BBQ in the Carolinas, is pork butt either shredded with a fork, pulled apart, or Lexington style. It is then put on a plain no frills burger bun and topped with vinegar or mustard based sauce and slaw- the last 2 items are different in every region or sometimes town to town. Side dishes like hush puppies, Mulligatawny Stew,collards etc. also change from region to region. So Let's put a proper shout out to Mitchell's, Lexington, Abrams and the late great Wallace Bros. to name just a few.

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  9. The original Dreamland in Tuscaloosa, Alabama -- the stuff that fuels the Talladega, the Tide and Tailgatin'.

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  10. Glad to see that the Saltlick in Driftwood made it. One of the best BBQ places in the world (not just Texas!!!). Even better than the Dinosaur in NY.

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    1. Gotta disagree. Saltlick is above average, but if you're near Austin, there's 5-10 places in Austin that are head and shoulders above it. Saltlick is more about the atmosphere and experience rather than the food. If you want great barbecue, it's not worth the drive.

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    2. Exactly right about Salt Lick--it's all about the experience, not the food. Same is true in Houston where Goode Company is a place for tourists to experience a Texas atmosphere, but better 'que can be had at 10-15 places in sprawling Houston (but I rank Goode over Salt Lick!).

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  11. This list is incomplete without Pappy's Smokehouse out of St Louis. Could probably take the top spot on this list.

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