One thing goes without saying—
America has some of the best barbecue joints in the world. If you happen to find yourself driving through the States in search of really good meat, you certainly won’t have much trouble finding it.
Still, there are several places which stand out in this particular craft by taking barbecue to the next level, so let us take you on a bite-by-bite tour of some of the tastiest, lip-smacking spots!
There are a lot of different BBQ styles throughout the whole US, and it’s also no surprise that you can see Texas on it, too. This state is famous for its beef, and one of the most famous dishes is their sliced brisket, as well as link sausages. If you’re stopping in Austin for a good meal, make sure you go to Franklin Barbecue and Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue. And consider staying at the Archer Hotel Austin, a favourite spot for some real Texas Chic. If you’re headed to Dallas, then don’t forget about Lockhart Smokehouse, Pecan Lodge, and Mac’s Bar-B-Que.
Does your mouth start watering when you hear the words barbecued bologna or extraordinarily soft and juicy ribs? Oklahoma is also famous for its prime rib or “Oklahoma tenderloin”, previously mentioned as barbecued bologna. Particularly in Oklahoma City, you can get a chance to taste these dishes, and many others, like deliciously barbecued chicken. Visit the places such as Leo’s, Earl’s Rib Palace, or Bedlam Bar-B-Q for a special treat, and see what makes them so remarkable and persuades people to come back for more.
There’s probably no better place in the state than St. Louis—it’s about as close as you can get to sheer barbecue perfection. Think St. Louis and think unbelievably tasty BBQ pork. The place is really well known for its ribs and pork steak. Don’t miss the opportunity to go to Bogart’s Smokehouse for the meat that will make you crave more even when you’re full. Try their apricot “bruléed” ribs or pastrami they pride themselves on. Another important stop: Pappy’s Smokehouse. This wildly adored barbecue place’s specialty are dry-rubbed ribs, but they also serve unforgettably tasty beef brisket, turkey and chicken dishes.
Keep driving to the state of Tennessee to a city called Memphis to further enrich your meat adventure. This city’s barbecue is truly focused on pork—it’s famous for its pork sandwiches and excellent ribs with an abundance of sauce also known as “wet” ribs, but there are a lot of joints that serve great dry ribs, as well as other barbecue dishes depending on your preference. In case you are in the mood for a piece of Memphis style barbecue, you may want to check out Central BBQ, Cozy Corner Restaurant, Leonard’s Pit Barbecue, Memphis Barbecue Co, etc.
Like Tennessee, this state’s barbecue scene revolves a lot around pork. Specifically, it’s known for its pulled pork and, not so surprisingly, ribs. They frequently serve meat with a little sauce they call Carolina Gold, with a distinct mustard flavor and often with spices that complement the meat fantastically. The preference here is to use wood like hickory for barbecue. To try some of the best South Carolina barbecue, go to Charleston and visit its phenomenal joints like Swig & Swine, Poogan’s Smokehouse, Sticky Fingers, or Queology.
NC certainly does not lag behind the abovementioned states when it comes to smoked meat, so you will probably want to mark it on your map as another worthy gastronomic attraction.
Again, we have a place where pork seems to be predominating as opposed to beef and other meat. However, different barbecue dishes can be found even if you’re not too big a fan of pork.
Their most favored BBQ dishes are pulled pork and whole hog, and their meat is frequently accompanied by tomato, mustard, or vinegar sauce. To try some of the best NC has to offer, pay a little visit to Lexington or to Charlotte, the two places in this state with some of the most adored barbecue joints.
These barbecue joints really take their art seriously, and their full dedication to the craft can be tasted in every bite you take.
Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Highstylife Magazine.