Skip to comments.America's Best BBQ Cities (and bbq joints)
Posted on 03/13/2012 9:46:37 PM PDT by DemforBush
If you're like us, you can't wait for Memorial Day, the unofficial start of barbeque season. There's nothing quite like spending the evening with a cold beer and a plate piled high with chilled coleslaw, thick-cut French fries, and succulent barbeque...
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Kansas City MO is the best IMHO
The list of cities, btw:
7. St. Louis, MO
6. Nashville, TN
5. Austin, TX
4. Lexington, NC
3. Kansas City, MO
2. Lockhart, TX
1. Memphis, TN
Not on the “Top 7” list, but I have had some mighty fine ‘cue in Chicago. My uncle in Pensacola says there are some first rate BBQ restaurants in the Panhandle.
Was just at Jack’s no too long ago in Nashville TN and have been to Gates in KC a couple years back. Both excellent but I’ll give the nod to Gates in KC.
Little store in Lexa, Arkansas that sells a great pulled pork sandwich.
Another little joint, not sure it’s still there, is in Y-City, Arkansas. Man, I wish I had me a pulled pork sandwich with some cole slaw and some bbq sauce that makes your lips tingle.
I had BBQ chicken tonight. On the grill over hot coals, with a BBQ sauce made from onions, catsup, vinegar, beer, brown sugar, and coffee. Smoked over pecan and rosemary.
Give that to someone from North Carolina, and they would say it's crap, and not BBQ.
There is no best. But it's all good.
Went to Arthur Bryant’s in KC and do not understand what all the fuss is about. Tasted more like roast beef.
Good starts on sauces.....but add finely ground pecans to the sauce. You’ll thank me.
If season don’t open ‘till Memorial Day then I guess I’m a dang ol poacher.
I smoke meat yearound
There is no best. But it’s all good.
That’s about it. I’ve had BBQ in many places and 95% was good.
That sauce sounds really good!
And I agree, the “best” is ultimately what you like the most. The pig is my favorite when it comes to BBQ - ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, hot-smoked homemade sausages, etc. - but I like chicken and turkey from the smoker just as well. Sauce on at the very end for poultry and pulled pork, but basted on the ribs a bit before serving.
As for beef, my research is incomplete. I don’t really care for beef spareribs, but I’m told a good slow smoked brisket (which I’ve never had) is a thing of beauty.
Now I’m curious.
Rudys is hit or miss
The quality control is poor.
I ate in Waco and id was notable.
I ate in Denton and it sucked.
Love BBQ, pulled pork with mayo based slaw and a sweet/spicy tomato base sauce..
Around Nashville some of my favorites are Tom’s Blue Moon, Jack’s, and Martin’s
Yep...agree. Best I have had in my travels was a place called Vals in Altus Oklahoma near the USAF base there an a small place just outside the Aberdeen proving grounds in Maryland. Favorite BBQ places on my list.
But make a point of trying all BBQ I can find.
I like all of it but as others have stated its all about the quality an care in prep an presentation.
Damn.... Now I’m hungry !.,..:o)
Stay safe !
I like a place near Ft Hood called Scheopf’s
Some of the best Ive had is pulled pork sandwiches on the side of the road wrapped in wax paper with al the fixins a bag of chips and a coke.
where is Jacks?....we ate a great pulled pork sandwhich somewhere on that main street but I forget the name...
It’s downtown close to the arena, Tootsie’s, etc. on Broadway
The best brisket I’ve ever had:
Froogel’s Super Foods Market
Good all-around bar-b-que:
Memphis in May world bbq championship is coming up. Best ribs I ever had were Porkasaurus’ ‘warm up’ ribs. I also like Interstate bbq rib tips.
Smoke Stack in Martin City, Missouri. Best anywhere.
Memphis is the rib capital of the world.
Besides mine (and yours! lol), the "best" BBQ is found at small, hole-in-the-wall joints in the middle of nowhere, that you have to fight your way into, after finally finding a place to park that is still within walking distance.
We've found several of them in various states: one of the pleasures of avoiding (in new territory) interstates; and not flying anywhere a car can get to.
The BBQ I grew up with had a sweet reddish sauce and creamy coleslaw. But my favorite place where I’m living now has thin vinegar sauce and vinegar based coleslaw. I have to say, both are great. I think the poster upthread got it right: it’s rare that you encounter truly bad barbeque. The vast majority of it is pretty dang good.
BBQ is the ONE saving grace of having to live in Memphis. Anywhere, anytime you those wonderful aroma’s will be in the air.
What happened to
LOVE’S BAR-B-Q in San Diego?
Seems like the org is no longer in existence.
And there was a great Bar-B-Q in La Jolla back aways from the overlook of the beach a few blocks . . . ran by a black fellow—everyone was seated wherever there were seats at big tables, didn’t matter who else was there—everyone was all thrown-together. Great food. Can’t think of the name. Don’t know if it’s still there, or not.
I like them too.
When visiting my wife’s family:
Dreamland in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
and here in town:
Dr. Hogly Wogly’s Tyler Texas BBQ in Van Nuys, Ca.
Unfortunately, I can’t find anyplace in LA that makes BBQ pulled pork sandwiches like they do in the south.
You will find it hard to believe that an ice cream parlor would offer BBQ, but there is one that does on the weekends, sometimes with a side of Jazz as well. and both are very good.
Judeth Rose Ice Cream Parlor in Monongahela, Pa.
Two Thumbs Up!!
During the Summer try a place called Cyclone in Cyclone. It’s east of Temple. Nothing in Cyclone but a building with a big parking lot and no sign out front. You’ll recognize from the cars and often buses parked in the lot.
I love BBQ, almost all kinds. Dry rubs and mustard base are low on my list though.
I used to get Texas Best BBQ sauce. Tangy, semi-sweet and no oil so it stuck to the meat.
They sold out to a big outfit and faded away.
About a yr. ago the original maker was going to bring it back but my e-mails to their website have been unanswered so guess they didn’t make it.
About 25 yrs. ago we went to a place in SW St. Louis that had the best BBQ greens I’ve ever had, and catfish.
Bubba and Coys. wonder if it’s still there.
The Salt Lick.....Austin, Texas, without a doubt!
“I had BBQ chicken tonight. On the grill over hot coals, with a BBQ sauce made from onions, catsup, vinegar, beer, brown sugar, and coffee. Smoked over pecan and rosemary. Give that to someone from North Carolina, and they would say it’s crap, and not BBQ.”
Not true. Tarheels have a fondness for thin vinegary sauces on their smoked pig but chicken is a different critter requiring a different sauce.
FReeper Tom D. has a killer sauce recipe.
Redbones in Somerville, MA.
>>...What say you all, FRiends?...<<
No matter how good or bad, I’ve never come across some Que I wouldn’t eat. To me, it’s *ALL* good! Having said that, my fav is the smoked pork sandwich (with wet slaw *on* the sandwich) and ribs at “The Little Pig” drive-in (Memphis style) where I grew up. Sadly, it’s been gone for a looooong time. But, it was my “benchmark” for what BBQ is “supposed” to taste like.
Since I can’t go back in time, I’ll now take “any port in a storm.” Any bbq joint has good days and bad days. So to give them a fair shake, you can’t just go somewhere once and fairly pass judgement.
So, I’ve resigned myself to try them *all*, just as frequently as my cholesterol levels allow me to. It’s the fair thing to do. I sincerely suggest everyone do the same.
Hey there Johnny! I tend to agree. What you learn to love
Stunned to find such good BBQ in MA, next door to Hampton Inn in Auburn, off the pike.
Have you ever b een to Chris and Pitt’s?
I spen 26 years in the L.A. area, you will never find Que like there like you do in the n South
Texas redefined what I'd grown up thinking was "good" barbeque. I'd go back to Texas JUST for the BBQ...
BBQ capitol of Texas.
its the Texas Live oak for smoking and the German influence on taking time to smoke it right.
If it needs sauce you are doing it wrong.
I just went to Chris and Pitt’s on Saturday, as a matter of fact I brought home a few bottles of their Bleu Cheese dressing, it’s the best.
I’ve had some BBQ pulled pork here and there and the only place I found that actually did it close to the real thing (with slaw and the right sauce) is Johnny Reb’s in Bellflower, it’s pretty good. :-)
List is invalid because they didn’t have Augusta Ga. on the list.
Best BBQ in the Universe is Sconyer’s of Augusta. Bar none.
Any place that thinks the BBQ is a cooking process doesn’t know BBQ.
I wrote this to explain.
They don’t grow BBQ in Texas. It’s that smoked beef stuff.
“BBQs are animals, not, a way of cooking meat.
They are pink, porcine looking creatures that walk about on two legs with a top hat, a walking stick and sometimes a Tux.
While smiling a lot, they can be rather fierce, specially if they have been eating lots of peppers, vinegar, mustard, or other hot spices.
If you should fear confrontation from a BBQ, one should have a fork and plate ready, with a loaf of bread, Brunswick Stew or rice hash, and a large Sweetened Iced Tea. Armed thus, the BBQ will vanish pretty quick.”
You are making me homesick! We always went to the one on Washington Blvd. in Whittier or Downey.
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