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(The Chive)   Food porn of the best barbecue joints in America. No stinkin' slideshow. Yep that one's on there. That one too   (thechive.com) divider line 388
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2012-09-18 06:11:33 PM
17th Street, really? Their ribs are okay at best.
 
2012-09-18 06:11:43 PM
i used to be partial to arthur bryant's until i had oklahoma joe's...then i had the brisket at lonnie ray's in harrisburg, mo. everything else they have is great, but the brisket is....just something else...*drool*
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/still think corky's has the best ribs, tho! 
//go-to hometown joint is buckingham's when i don't feel like driving too far!
///any como farkers tries lutz's yet? ate there friday--y'know how they say good bbq doesn't need any sauce? i needed a LOT of sauce on my burnt-end sammich.
 
2012-09-18 06:11:52 PM
Lexington and The Pit are the only NC BBQ joints represented? Sorry, no. Lexington is fine for Western NC 'que, but I don't think The Pit is even a real BBQ joint.

Try Pik-n-Pig in Carthage or County BBQ in Greensboro for the real deal.

/Nothing against The Pit as a restaurant that happens to also sell BBQ.
 
2012-09-18 06:12:11 PM
I'll be damned! They got the Dinosaur BBQ in there! Thought I don't understand why they listed the Syracuse franchise instead of the original.
 
2012-09-18 06:12:20 PM
what about that BBQ place in Clearwater with that black guy on the sign
 
2012-09-18 06:12:57 PM
My husband ate at Jack Stack when he was attending a convention, and wouldn't stop talking about it for THREE YEARS! Next time he had an opportunity to go to Kansas City, we packed up the whole family, and ate there 3 times in 5 days. The BBQ was, in fact, amazing. And their dirty martinis are addictive as well. Good thing my husband doesn't mind driving. ;)
 
2012-09-18 06:13:43 PM
I live about a block from Fox Bros and I blame it entirely for the extra 20 lbs I'm carrying around. I always tell myself I'm going to just get a half order of The Lopez (brunswick chili over tater tots) but I can't help myself.
 
2012-09-18 06:14:06 PM
Both Austin places have been around for less than 5 years, less than a year probably. You farking hipster invading pieces of shiat and your viral marketing. God needs to hit this town with a comet :(
 
2012-09-18 06:14:47 PM

TheDumbBlonde: Any BBQ list that includes more places North of theMason-Dixon and West of the Mississippi then fromTennessee or the Carolinas is a total fail. Sweet potato fires? Fark that noise.


Maybe that was true thirty years ago, but times have changed. BBQ isn't a locale or terroir, it's a method and a flavor. And the southerners got lazy(er), so they forgot the method and the flavor and then cry foul when their substandard BBQ no longer makes people swoon, just because it came from the "south". I wonder if you even know what the Mason-Dixon line is, or if it's just something you throw out when you want to feel smart.

And "west of the Mississippi"? You do know most of the best BBQ in the nation came from the west, right? Did you just read an Ask.com article about barbecue and believe everything it said?
 
2012-09-18 06:15:37 PM
List fails by including Fox Brothers in Atlanta.
 
2012-09-18 06:15:44 PM
List fails without McRib
 
2012-09-18 06:15:49 PM

mc_hfcs: Maybe that was true thirty years ago, but times have changed. BBQ isn't a locale or terroir, it's a method and a flavor. And the southerners got lazy(er), so they forgot the method and the flavor and then cry foul when their substandard BBQ no longer makes people swoon, just because it came from the "south". I wonder if you even know what the Mason-Dixon line is, or if it's just something you throw out when you want to feel smart.


When every Southerner can name several places from their home state better than those listed, the list maker sounds like the lazy one to me.
 
2012-09-18 06:16:35 PM
Applebees.

/whar applebees ?!
 
2012-09-18 06:16:48 PM
Just north of Cincinnati, up in Springdale, there's a fairly new place called Smoq. Fantastic BBQ.

Very recommended if you're living in the tri-state area.
 
2012-09-18 06:16:59 PM

max_pooper: Ive made a couple of trips to KC in the last few months. I had both Oklahoma Joes and Jack Stack and thought both of them were meh to sub-par.

My guess is Kansas City barbecue is less about the meat and more about the sauce. While the sauce was ok, too sweet and too thick for my tastes, the meat alone was quite bland.


I had Oklahoma Joe's last year, and I was not impressed. "Meh" to "sub-par" sounds about right IMO.

Also: "Oklahoma Joes - Kansis City - Try the pulled pork" -- Kansis? Really?
 
2012-09-18 06:17:42 PM
R. I. P. Flint's Barbecue of Oakland, California.
 
2012-09-18 06:19:18 PM
List fails without Maurice Bessinger's racist BBQ making ass.
 
2012-09-18 06:19:21 PM

mesmer242: Salt Lick sucks.


Agreed, way overrated. They should have gone with Stubb's instead.
 
2012-09-18 06:19:59 PM

TXEric: "Kansis"?
"sause"?

I admire the authors' intent and mission, but really?

/Not a BBQ snob.
//All BBQ is Good BBQ.
//Whether foreign or domestic.


What's the problem?

www.rudysbbq.com
 
2012-09-18 06:20:00 PM
Gates in Overland Park KS.

So good I find excuses to go to KS. I live in WA.
 
2012-09-18 06:20:34 PM
Smoque in Chicago sucks. I would give the meat a C, which is bad enough, but the real downfall are the sides, out-of-the-can taste.
 
2012-09-18 06:21:03 PM
Franklin is DAMN good BBQ. However often you can drive from Austin to Llano, Lockheart, or Driftwood TX, eat some also damn good BBQ at Cooper's, Kreuz, or the Salt Lick, and be back before you get seated at Franklin and get your meat. The absurd wait in the hot sun is just not worth it, especially when you need to get there at 10AM or earlier to not run the risk of them running out.

The Salt Lick has to be my favorite because of the excellent food and the BYOB policy.
 
2012-09-18 06:21:33 PM
Podnah's Pit in Portland, the only BBQ joint west of the Rockies included in the list!
 
2012-09-18 06:22:01 PM

Nabb1: Only one place from Memphis on there? Shenanigans. The Joint has some good cue for New Orleans, but we aren't known for good barbecue. Squeal on Oaks Street is pretty good, too, but neither of them are as good as some of the places I hit in Memphis when I'm up there.


Came here to make the same comment. I've had good Q all over the country but Memphis is definitely one of the meca's, there's easily a half dozen in the city better than some on this list.

Oh, and hill country bbq in DC does a fair job of recreating the Lockheart style of Q which surprised me.
 
2012-09-18 06:22:08 PM
It's nice to see Sweet Lucy's on the list. There are lots of things I don't miss about living in PA. But I really miss the food and the Yuengling.

Also, the spelling in the article was awful. "Kansis City" and "Sause"???
 
2012-09-18 06:23:05 PM

Studson: Fox Brothers is pretty good, but where is Poole's Barbecue! That's some of the best in GA.


That place was good at one time, but their brisket has gone from one of the best I've had to the absolute worst. I thought it might have just been a bad visit, but subsequent visits have convinced me that this guy just does not know what he's doing.
 
2012-09-18 06:23:35 PM
the brick pit, mobile al. is perty good
 
2012-09-18 06:23:56 PM

machodonkeywrestler: Studson: Fox Brothers is pretty good, but where is Poole's Barbecue! That's some of the best in GA.

That place was good at one time, but their brisket has gone from one of the best I've had to the absolute worst. I thought it might have just been a bad visit, but subsequent visits have convinced me that this guy just does not know what he's doing.


Fox Brothers, that is.
 
2012-09-18 06:24:19 PM
Angelos. Fort Worth TX
 
2012-09-18 06:24:45 PM

ndeans: mesmer242: Salt Lick sucks. And they didn't bring their sauce when they catered my friend's wedding - they went to the grocery store and bought some. For this they will never be forgiven.

City Market in Luling is the best BBQ to have ever existed, ever.

You shut your whore mouth!

I live within a 10 minute drive of The Salt Lick and it is still amazing BBQ. The problem is that they have gotten way too busy. It is much easier for locals like me to call ahead and order for take-out than it is to eat there and deal with the drunken assholes from Austin.

The list is missing Tim and Bingo's from Lubbock, most people don't know it but their sliced beef sandwich is one of the best out there.


I've tried both locations, and they were both terrible. Dry and stringy brisket, and uninspiring sauce. The meat wasn't any better when they catered my friend's wedding... and as I said, they thought that any old sauce off the shelf would suffice. At this point, they're floating along on the hype.

A few years ago I spent a bit of time driving around to the small towns trying various bbq joints. Salt Lick wasn't even in the top 50% of the places I tried. Both Luling and Lockhart are better bets, as is Taylor as someone else mentioned in the thread.
 
2012-09-18 06:24:45 PM
The Chive on my Fark? It's more likely than you think.

/also been to the Pit, Slows and Podnahs. I consider all just "meh".
//wife has also been a Chivette several times. Hilarious.
 
2012-09-18 06:24:51 PM

MaxBliss: Podnah's Pit in Portland, the only BBQ joint west of the Rockies included in the list!


I thought I saw Los Angeles on there, but I could be mistaken.
 
2012-09-18 06:26:37 PM

mesmer242: Salt Lick sucks. And they didn't bring their sauce when they catered my friend's wedding - they went to the grocery store and bought some. For this they will never be forgiven.


I wouldn't go so far as to say it sucks, but Salt Lick is way overrated.
 
2012-09-18 06:26:41 PM

JonBuck: Ranch House BBQ near Olympia, Washington.

Yes, Washington state. Best I ever tasted.


I have a business trip to Olympia next month... Thanks!

I need to go to Podnah's someday. I live on the (far) west side of the Portland area though. Buster's is much more convenient.
 
2012-09-18 06:27:12 PM
Dreamlands for the ribs (but only the one in Tuscaloosa the others are meh)
Big Bob Gibsons in Decatur Alabama (I think they stopped competing in 2004 on the BBQ circuit) Their Website  hit the awards link
 
2012-09-18 06:27:17 PM
You missed "The Shed" in Biloxi, Mississippi.
 
2012-09-18 06:27:41 PM
NSFW adds
 
2012-09-18 06:27:48 PM
Last year they had just about a full service "The Pit" at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. This season they scaled it down to "ready-made" BBQ sandwiches. I was so disappointed.
 
2012-09-18 06:27:57 PM
Born and raised in Springfield, MO. Best BBQ I've had came from Whole Hog Cafe. I think they started in Arkansas but they have a location right in town here. I tried their burnt ends and I experienced nirvana without the overrated grunge rock.
 
2012-09-18 06:29:07 PM

llevrok: Angelos. Fort Worth TX


Come for the hairless bear, stay for the 70's flair

/it's aight
//wouldn't go out of my way for it
 
2012-09-18 06:29:54 PM

Beerguy: The list is pretty good with one GLARING omission....


Epic fail without this one - even Corky's deserves an honorable mention.

Not in the SE US? Not BBQ. Not altering my opinion.
 
2012-09-18 06:31:19 PM
Corkey's in Memphis. Not the chains, or the stuff at the grocery store. The Original one on Poplar Ave.


Ahhhhhhhh....... Meat Coma.


The Pig n Whistle is pretty awesome, too.
 
2012-09-18 06:31:35 PM

CJHardin: List fails without 12 Bones in Asheville, NC.


Also epic fail without (Nobama notwithstanding).

Try the jalepeno grits. Dayum.
 
2012-09-18 06:32:02 PM

downstairs: Woo hoo!  They included The Joint in New Orleans.  I live a block from there.


still haven't been... so, it's that good?

/ might have to pick a night to eat barbecue and get served too much by bartenders in that area for a change.
 
2012-09-18 06:32:32 PM

CJHardin: List fails without 12 Bones in Asheville, NC.

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That's less than an hour from me. Gotta give em a try.
 
2012-09-18 06:35:21 PM

ddelorm: CJHardin: List fails without 12 Bones in Asheville, NC.

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That's less than an hour from me. Gotta give em a try.


An hour?!? I'm 5 hours away and it's the first place I hit when I hit Asheville (either location). Top BBQ this side of the Smokies.
 
2012-09-18 06:35:41 PM
Not complaining about the list, I have been to a few of them. I spent some time all over northern Alabama last year and ate at more than one excellent BBQ joint while there. Was pleasantly surprised as I never heard much about AL BBQ. I think they are flying under the radar.
 
2012-09-18 06:36:40 PM

ur14me: CJHardin: List fails without 12 Bones in Asheville, NC.

Also epic fail without (Nobama notwithstanding).

Try the jalepeno grits. Dayum.


Using jalapeños in dishes outside the SW US? Abominable. Not altering my opinion.

/grits suck
 
2012-09-18 06:37:11 PM
There was a delicious barbecue place on the road when I returned to Dallas from Fredericksburg Texas. They had these huge barrel barbecue thingies ( I think there were three or four, but two were in use), and you pointed at what you wanted. Then they'd cut off a huge hunk, slather it with sauce if you wanted, and wrap it in butcher paper to weigh at the front counter. Then you'd take the slabs of meat and any side dishes you wanted to these picnic style tables, where loaves of bread and various condiments were scattered about.

I can't remember the name of it offhand, but it was a lot of fun.

/The men's bathroom had a single long trough instead of urinals. Cracked me up.
 
2012-09-18 06:37:44 PM
List fails without Cooper's BBQ in Llano, TX. Holy god, they have the best beef ribs on the planet.
 
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