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2012-09-18 06:38:31 PM  
List fails without the McRib.
 
2012-09-18 06:39:00 PM  

ur14me: 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.


Oh, for Christ sake. Give me a break.
 
2012-09-18 06:39:19 PM  

ur14me: 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.


Corky's is tourist 'que. Seriously, folks, if you're ever in Memphis, go to the Bar-B-Que Shop. You will be glad you did. I honestly believe you will track me down on this site just to thank me for the recommendation. It's that good.
 
2012-09-18 06:41:21 PM  
List does not fail with number 25
 
2012-09-18 06:41:53 PM  

timujin: ur14me: 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.

Corky's is tourist 'que. Seriously, folks, if you're ever in Memphis, go to the Bar-B-Que Shop. You will be glad you did. I honestly believe you will track me down on this site just to thank me for the recommendation. It's that good.


The original one is still pretty awesome. The one out near Wolfchase is a pale imitation. I'll second the Bar-B-Que shop, though.

Never really loved the Rendezvous, good, but I've had better.
 
2012-09-18 06:41:58 PM  
If Texas A&M is a member of the SEC, doesn't that make Texas part of the Southeast?
 
2012-09-18 06:42:56 PM  

emersonbiggins: If Texas A&M is a member of the SEC, doesn't that make Texas part of the Southeast?


Just as much as Notre Dame is located on the Atlantic Coast.
 
2012-09-18 06:43:07 PM  

Derigiberble: 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.


Ah, Cooper's, that's it. I mis-remembered the barbecues as barrels, but when looking at the pictures I remember how they were arranged. Fun place.

At least I think that's the right place. Lot's of good barbecue in Texas, oddly enough. :D
 
2012-09-18 06:44:57 PM  
Pappy's is so good. The deep fried corn sounded revolting at first, but omgnom.
 
2012-09-18 06:44:57 PM  
Goode's.. seriously? Pappas BBQ chains have better BBQ. Goode's was decent back in the day, but they changed something and it's mediocre at best.

That being said, you can't just do a "Best BBQ in America" list. It just doesn't work like that. Everyone has different tastes and prefer different styles, so you have to do it regionally within each State.
 
2012-09-18 06:47:23 PM  

PallMall: Goode's.. seriously? Pappas BBQ chains have better BBQ. Goode's was decent back in the day, but they changed something and it's mediocre at best.

That being said, you can't just do a "Best BBQ in America" list. It just doesn't work like that. Everyone has different tastes and prefer different styles, so you have to do it regionally within each State.


or break it up by style of barbecue
 
2012-09-18 06:47:42 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.


Concur. East Carolina style is the only one that matters and it damn sure doesn't start at #15 or #16 on the list.

Will also add: dixiedining.files.wordpress.comKing's in Petersburg, Va.
 
2012-09-18 06:48:14 PM  

office_despot: R. I. P. Flint's Barbecue of Oakland, California.


Flint's is gone? When did this happen? That's a sin and a shame.
 
2012-09-18 06:48:34 PM  
Also, I did not see any korean BBQ.

/freakin' all you can eat buff-aaaay
 
2012-09-18 06:50:35 PM  
Pappy's?

YES!

(From St. Louis)

But man, I lived in Austin, TX for awhile as well. Franklin BBQ in Austin is/was awesome, But I went to this place in the ghetto on the Eastside of ATX named "Ben's" (no name bias intended) that was absolutely farking mind-blowing. Kept going back (through 2004).

I don't know if Ben's is still there, but it was great.

Between the two states (TX v. MO), Texas has the most unreal BBQ Beef EVAR (brisket). It's like butter, just melts in your mouth.

St. Louis has the best BBQ pork EVAR. From pork steaks, to pulled pork, to ribs.

Just wonderful... 

(Okay, honorable mention to Kansas City. Feeling charitable...)
 
2012-09-18 06:50:50 PM  

pute kisses like a man: or break it up by style of barbecue


Absolutely. Different regions have different styles, using what is available locally. It's sacrilege to lump it all together.

I doubt most good BBQ joint owners read the Chive, or they'd get overloaded with hate mail.
 
2012-09-18 06:51:21 PM  
The Salt Lick in Driftwood gets high marks for the atmosphere, the BYOB policy and the coleslaw. The meat is so-so. It's a nice place to end the day after visiting some of the nearby wineries with a group of friends.
 
2012-09-18 06:51:55 PM  
My sweet damn.
 
2012-09-18 06:52:00 PM  
For Los Angeles, glaring omission : Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas BBQ in Van Nuys
 
2012-09-18 06:52:33 PM  
Better BBQ up north?
List fails without Dreamland BBQ in T-Town and Mike and Ed's BBQ in Phenixcity Alabama
 
2012-09-18 06:53:23 PM  

CujoQuarrel: Dreamlands for the ribs (but only the one in Tuscaloosa the others are meh)


This
 
2012-09-18 06:54:04 PM  
Dinosaur is pretty excellent, I ate a bunch of it at the Blues BBQ in Hudson River Park a couple weekends ago.  It was pretty got damn fantastic and I'm happy to see good BBQ finally hit the NYC area.  There are finally a few places that are excellent. 
 
A big issue is that is wildly cost prohibitive to open a proper BBQ joint in the city because you have to deal with all the smoke and ventilate it to the point that you aren't smoking your neighbors out (it ain't cheap) so you're going to pay for it dearly.  For a while Korean tabletop BBQ was the way to go but some people have figured out how to do it and the market is certainly huge.  Blue Smoke is the first BBQ joint in the city that I remember being anywhere close to good, there are a lot more now.
 
The best brisket I ever had was from somewhere in the Dallas Ft. Worth area, I have no idea where.  My friend flew back with a few  as his carry-on (carrion?) luggage for a party we had.  Wish I took better notes.
 
2012-09-18 06:54:26 PM  

ThrowYourHatredDown: 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.


Can you remember any of the names?
 
2012-09-18 06:54:47 PM  
I went to The Pit in North Carolina. I was disappointed. There are BBQ shacks here in Baltimore with better food. KBQ in Bowie and Urban BBQ both blow it out of the water with better BBQ for cheaper prices

www.urbanbbqco.com
 
2012-09-18 06:54:50 PM  
Used to eat at Bubbalou's on Lee Road in Orlando 20 years ago. Good BBQ, great beans.
They still around?
 
2012-09-18 06:55:48 PM  
Dubs in Calhoun, GA is pretty good.
 
2012-09-18 06:56:23 PM  
Came for Slow's in Detroit, leaving sati...

Nah, I just came.
 
2012-09-18 06:56:39 PM  
WRONG! WRONG WRONG! I BBQ joint is the best and is located in NY?

your list is invalid.
 
2012-09-18 06:57:42 PM  

Sad King Billy: The Salt Lick in Driftwood gets high marks for the atmosphere, the BYOB policy and the coleslaw. The meat is so-so. It's a nice place to end the day after visiting some of the nearby wineries with a group of friends.


The brisket and ribs were ok but the sausage was some of the best I've ever had, it was also one of the best meals I've ever had because I had some estate wine from one of the nearby winery's.
 
2012-09-18 06:58:50 PM  

brap: Dinosaur is pretty excellent, I ate a bunch of it at the Blues BBQ in Hudson River Park a couple weekends ago.  It was pretty got damn fantastic and I'm happy to see good BBQ finally hit the NYC area.  There are finally a few places that are excellent. 
 
A big issue is that is wildly cost prohibitive to open a proper BBQ joint in the city because you have to deal with all the smoke and ventilate it to the point that you aren't smoking your neighbors out (it ain't cheap) so you're going to pay for it dearly.  For a while Korean tabletop BBQ was the way to go but some people have figured out how to do it and the market is certainly huge.  Blue Smoke is the first BBQ joint in the city that I remember being anywhere close to good, there are a lot more now.
 
The best brisket I ever had was from somewhere in the Dallas Ft. Worth area, I have no idea where.  My friend flew back with a few  as his carry-on (carrion?) luggage for a party we had.  Wish I took better notes.


It was Dickey's. You ate at Dickey's.
 
2012-09-18 07:01:16 PM  
Sorry, but the quality of Slows has fallen off the last year or 2.
 
2012-09-18 07:01:56 PM  

Lone Stranger: Austin.


Austin's in Eagle Lake?
 
2012-09-18 07:03:32 PM  
My new favorite place in Silicon Valley. Damn tasty ribs and brisket. Mac & Cheese is delicious and their Peanut Butter Pie is to die for. MMmmmmmMMM.

s3-media3.ak.yelpcdn.com
 
2012-09-18 07:03:46 PM  
Archibald's in Tuscaloosa Alabama is the best barbecue in the country and I doubt you've heard of it. It's a little block structure in an out of the way place near Tusacloosa. Tuscaloosa is a pit. The neighborhood feels slightly sketchy but it ain't dangerous. there's no neon. There's no t-shirts for sale or famous people on the wall. Just the best barbecue pork in the country and as far as I can tell, they don't give two shiats if you know it.
 
2012-09-18 07:06:10 PM  
Moonlite BBQ is damn good in Owensboro, KY.
But the best is Old Hickory off Frederica past KY Wesleyan.
It's a hole in the wall, and the waitresses are from the 1950s, but the smoked mutton is otherworldly.
 
2012-09-18 07:06:37 PM  
Great find, subby! I'm off to Austin/NOLA next month, & will be passing through Houston on the way. So I'll be able to hit 5 of the spots in one week. 😄
 
2012-09-18 07:06:43 PM  
Never tried the Pit, even though I drive by it every week...

The Q Shack in Durham is quite excellent, and Holden's in Wake Forest is amazing. But my favorite by far is Pik n Pig in Carthage NC. It's right on a runway (5NC3), lots of fly-in traffic but it's a local favorite too.

/bring a bib
//and a translator
 
2012-09-18 07:07:03 PM  

machodonkeywrestler: 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.


They're Texans. That's supposed to be their thing.
 
2012-09-18 07:07:33 PM  

lifeboat: [pics3.city-data.com image 480x360] 

/Used to live within smelling distance
//Mouth watering just thinking about it


Hecky's, Chicken Shack, Buff Joe's, and Al's Deli... no wonder I gained so much college weight.
 
2012-09-18 07:08:31 PM  
Fox Brothers is a good pick, but there are several better in town to displace some of those out west or up north.
 
2012-09-18 07:09:19 PM  
Wow, 3 places from Austin (Including the Salt Lick, since that is basically the one everyone from Austin talks about), and there are even more that I had in area that were amazing..

Gotta make the long treck back there some day.
 
2012-09-18 07:11:17 PM  
Gates BBQ beats the hell out of Arthur Bryants. Fail
 
2012-09-18 07:13:38 PM  

OptimusHime: lifeboat: [pics3.city-data.com image 480x360] 

/Used to live within smelling distance
//Mouth watering just thinking about it

Hecky's, Chicken Shack, Buff Joe's, and Al's Deli... no wonder I gained so much college weight.


I knew that Hecky's pic would grab the attention NU alums. (not an alum myself, but spent plenty of time in the neighborhood)

Buffalo Joes - heh, that takes me back. Some good wings in that joint.
 
2012-09-18 07:14:13 PM  
You fat idiots have any idea how bad BBQ'd meat is for your body? That it causes cancer and heart disease?

With that being said, how come there isnt more farking BBQ buffets in my area?
 
2012-09-18 07:14:47 PM  

Snarfangel: 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.


Hard 8?
 
2012-09-18 07:16:26 PM  

timujin: Cozy Corner? Good... no Bar-B-Que Shop? Fail. Best Bar-B-Que in Memphis and, by extension, the entire known universe.


Never heard of Cozy Corner. Sure loved Central BBQ and Three Pigs
 
2012-09-18 07:17:00 PM  

timujin: Cozy Corner? Good... no Bar-B-Que Shop? Fail. Best Bar-B-Que in Memphis and, by extension, the entire known universe.


I'm partial to Central BBQ (central ave location), BBQ shop follows a close second, then Cozy Corner, the Commissary, then the rest. Neely's, Corky's, and Rendezvous are ok, but overrated. They're the tourist spots because they always show them on TV. Not in the same class of those four.

Weirdest place I had fantastic BBQ was in the Airport Hilton in Kansas City. They had a BBQ menu on the back of their regular cafe menu. Seems the chef ran a BBQ team (sponsored by the hotel I believe) that had won the Jack Daniels or similar national BBQ competition for ribs and sauce categories. I had the sampler: ribs, pulled, pork, brisket, and smoked chicken. I would say they win my personal favorite, even over Memphis because of the quality of all items. Central BBQ has my favorite ribs, but their brisket is dry, BBQ shop has great pulled pork, but ribs a little lacking...etc.

emersonbiggins: 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 image 300x374]

 

This

Thanks for putting up the sauce pic. It reminded me it's time to order some more, down to my last bottle. I could use some Rudy's brisket (fatty/wet) and crreamed corn...
 
2012-09-18 07:17:25 PM  

adamgreeney: Gates BBQ beats the hell out of Arthur Bryants. Fail


word. i can tolerate arthur bryant's sauce on good meat. I can drink gate's sauce out the bottle cold and like it.
 
2012-09-18 07:17:34 PM  
Captain John's - Collierville TN

Couch's - Paragould AR
 
2012-09-18 07:17:42 PM  

cannotsuggestaname: Not a definitive list if Bullock's BBQ in Durham isn't on it. They did include The Pit in Raleigh, but Bullock's is better.


Actual Eastern NC BBQ joints don't make the list because people who aren't from Eastern NC or the Piedmont seem to think BBQ should be drowned in BBQ sauce.

/The Pit is good, but isn't really a NC BBQ joint. Gimme Bullock's or Wilbur's or even Parker's.
 
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