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America's Best BBQ Cities (and bbq joints)
U.S. News and World Report. ^ | 2/29/12 | Emily Bratcher

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...

(Excerpt) Read more at travel.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Food
KEYWORDS: bbq; brisket; ribs
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Interesting list of towns and suggested places. What say you all, FRiends?
1 posted on 03/13/2012 9:46:41 PM PDT by DemforBush
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To: DemforBush

Kansas City MO is the best IMHO


2 posted on 03/13/2012 9:48:10 PM PDT by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: DemforBush

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.


3 posted on 03/13/2012 9:50:14 PM PDT by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: DemforBush

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.


4 posted on 03/13/2012 9:50:36 PM PDT by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: DemforBush

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.


5 posted on 03/13/2012 9:50:41 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( "It happened. And we let it happen. - Peter Griffin, Family Guy)
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To: DemforBush
I say that there will NEVER be a consensus on BBQ. It's a local thing.

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.

/johnny

6 posted on 03/13/2012 9:52:47 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: frogjerk

Went to Arthur Bryant’s in KC and do not understand what all the fuss is about. Tasted more like roast beef.


7 posted on 03/13/2012 9:55:01 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( "It happened. And we let it happen. - Peter Griffin, Family Guy)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Good starts on sauces.....but add finely ground pecans to the sauce. You’ll thank me.


8 posted on 03/13/2012 9:55:37 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: DemforBush

If season don’t open ‘till Memorial Day then I guess I’m a dang ol poacher.

I smoke meat yearound


9 posted on 03/13/2012 9:55:37 PM PDT by sawmill trash (TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY !!!!!!!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

There is no best. But it’s all good.


That’s about it. I’ve had BBQ in many places and 95% was good.


10 posted on 03/13/2012 9:58:26 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: JRandomFreeper

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.


11 posted on 03/13/2012 10:05:40 PM PDT by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

coffee, eh?

Now I’m curious.


12 posted on 03/13/2012 10:06:39 PM PDT by lurk
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To: DemforBush

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.


13 posted on 03/13/2012 10:09:14 PM PDT by mylife
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To: DemforBush

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


14 posted on 03/13/2012 10:27:34 PM PDT by pnz1
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To: mylife

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 !


15 posted on 03/13/2012 10:27:43 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos

I like a place near Ft Hood called Scheopf’s


16 posted on 03/13/2012 10:29:22 PM PDT by mylife
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To: Squantos

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.


17 posted on 03/13/2012 10:32:02 PM PDT by mylife
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To: pnz1

where is Jacks?....we ate a great pulled pork sandwhich somewhere on that main street but I forget the name...


18 posted on 03/13/2012 10:37:55 PM PDT by cherry
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To: cherry

It’s downtown close to the arena, Tootsie’s, etc. on Broadway


19 posted on 03/13/2012 10:40:13 PM PDT by pnz1
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To: DemforBush

The best brisket I’ve ever had:

Froogel’s Super Foods Market
http://local.yahoo.com/info-64404819-froogel-s-super-foods-market-gulfport

Good all-around bar-b-que:

The Shed
http://theshedbbq.com/


20 posted on 03/13/2012 10:42:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: DemforBush

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.


21 posted on 03/13/2012 10:47:58 PM PDT by ebshumidors ( Marksmanship and YOUR heritage http://www.appleseedinfo.org)
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To: DemforBush

Smoke Stack in Martin City, Missouri. Best anywhere.


22 posted on 03/13/2012 10:52:53 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: ebshumidors

Memphis is the rib capital of the world.


23 posted on 03/13/2012 10:53:18 PM PDT by mylife
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To: JRandomFreeper
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.

Sounds wonderful.

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.

24 posted on 03/13/2012 11:22:13 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: DemforBush

25 posted on 03/13/2012 11:26:02 PM PDT by McBuff
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To: DemforBush

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.


26 posted on 03/13/2012 11:30:37 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: DemforBush
Santa Maria, Ca. Home of the Santa Maria Style BBQ. President Ronald Reagan was an avid fan of Santa Maria Style Barbecue. Local barbecue chef Bob Herdman and his “Los Compadres Barbecue Crew” staged several barbecues for President Reagan, including five feasts on the South Lawn of the White House
27 posted on 03/14/2012 12:02:37 AM PDT by lostincali
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To: mylife

BBQ is the ONE saving grace of having to live in Memphis. Anywhere, anytime you those wonderful aroma’s will be in the air.


28 posted on 03/14/2012 12:04:47 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: DemforBush

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.


29 posted on 03/14/2012 12:31:42 AM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: mylife

I like them too.


30 posted on 03/14/2012 1:25:44 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: DemforBush

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.


31 posted on 03/14/2012 1:31:07 AM PDT by StayoutdaBushesWay (Every man dies, but not every man really lives.)
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To: DemforBush

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.


32 posted on 03/14/2012 2:25:34 AM PDT by pennboricua
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To: Grams A

Two Thumbs Up!!


33 posted on 03/14/2012 3:18:18 AM PDT by LSAggie
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To: mylife

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.


34 posted on 03/14/2012 4:15:37 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: DemforBush

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.


35 posted on 03/14/2012 4:24:12 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: DemforBush

The Salt Lick.....Austin, Texas, without a doubt!


36 posted on 03/14/2012 4:27:37 AM PDT by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: JRandomFreeper; RegulatorCountry; Moose4; southernnorthcarolina; Tom D.; wolfpat; ...

“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.


37 posted on 03/14/2012 4:28:09 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: DemforBush

Redbones in Somerville, MA.

http://www.redbones.com/


38 posted on 03/14/2012 4:45:25 AM PDT by Third Person
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To: DemforBush

>>...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.


39 posted on 03/14/2012 5:04:47 AM PDT by jaydee770
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To: JRandomFreeper

Hey there Johnny! I tend to agree. What you learn to love


40 posted on 03/14/2012 6:02:32 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: Third Person

Stunned to find such good BBQ in MA, next door to Hampton Inn in Auburn, off the pike.

http://www.bucksroadside-bbq.com/index.php


41 posted on 03/14/2012 6:03:58 AM PDT by GopherIt
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To: Quix
I don't know what happened to Love's, but my mother lived in the L.A. area, and she LOVED Love's. She was from Texas and liked Beef QUE. Didn't care for our Memphis BarBeQue.
42 posted on 03/14/2012 6:42:30 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: StayoutdaBushesWay

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


43 posted on 03/14/2012 6:44:55 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: jaydee770
But then, you are a Memphian. Sucked on a rib bone instead of a pacifier.
44 posted on 03/14/2012 6:48:25 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: mylife
"...Memphis is the rib capital of the world...."

Memphis is the rib capital of the world UNIVERSE.
45 posted on 03/14/2012 7:09:02 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: DemforBush
Austin, TX comes in 5th? :-|

Texas redefined what I'd grown up thinking was "good" barbeque. I'd go back to Texas JUST for the BBQ...

46 posted on 03/14/2012 7:24:57 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: DemforBush

Lockhart Tx

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.


47 posted on 03/14/2012 7:30:03 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (How do you say Arkanicide in Kenyan?)
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To: Coldwater Creek

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. :-)


48 posted on 03/14/2012 7:32:26 AM PDT by StayoutdaBushesWay (Every man dies, but not every man really lives.)
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To: DemforBush

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.”


49 posted on 03/14/2012 7:54:55 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: StayoutdaBushesWay

You are making me homesick! We always went to the one on Washington Blvd. in Whittier or Downey.


50 posted on 03/14/2012 8:32:05 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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