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2012-09-18 11:45:58 PM  

CarpeScrotum: [www.you-are-here.com image 820x550]


that place can't have good bbq. it's too clean & there's no smoke pouring out of the building.
 
2012-09-18 11:47:30 PM  

PallMall: dryknife: Texans uses that abomination, mesquite, for smokin because they don't have any trees.
Sometimes they substitute a railroad tie if mesquite is unavailable, and no one can tell the difference.

Mesquite is mostly Central to West Texas. If you haven't looked at any maps or Geography Textbooks in the last century, then I'll inform you that the South-Eastern portion of Texas is endowed with an abundance of those "tree" things you mention. A little Mesquite mixed with Pin Oak, Hickory or Pecan makes one hell of a good aroma at a Barbeque - not to mention the smoke flavor in some most-excellent Texas Barbecue.


I be joking; I know y'all have trees and I've had decent BBQ in TX.

A Texan is in an Arkansas bar and is telling a farmer how large his ranch in Texas is. He tells the farmer his ranch is so large that if he gets into his pick-up truck and drives all day, he would not reach the other border of his ranch.

The Arkansas farmer thinks for a minute and then responds," I used to have a truck like that."

That may not be so much of a joke.
 
2012-09-19 12:15:21 AM  
No Rendesvous? FAIL
 
2012-09-19 12:21:24 AM  
Hickory Park, Ames, Iowa. When it's a home game at ISU, stand in line. It's worth it. Amazing food. Try the fried cheese curds as a side. The BBQ is great and the list of sundays is most excellent. Iowans can do pork, no lie.
 
2012-09-19 12:24:09 AM  

myc: The list is fail without Anderson's in Dallas TX. That is all.


Mike Anderson's is awesome. I'm also a fan of Back Country BBQ on Greenville, and Sammy's down behind the federal reserve.
 
2012-09-19 12:29:22 AM  

timswar: 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.


I am surprised that not one, but two different people commented on my Bullock's post. I love that joint, and it is one of the few things I miss from Durham. After my latest trip back to Durham I got my fiancee hooked on Bullock's and she is now planning another trip back there :D
 
2012-09-19 12:58:41 AM  
Huh??? No Dreamland in Tuscaloosa???? Who are these guys? Vegans?
 
2012-09-19 01:00:40 AM  

Zoophagous: Gates in Overland Park KS.

So good I find excuses to go to KS. I live in WA.


Yes!

I looked for this on the list.

Lived in OP from 1998-1999, fattened up a bit here briefly. Great barbecue, and great attitude.

MY favorite BBQ is Kansas City style, but Carolina is right behind it.
 
2012-09-19 01:05:01 AM  
GarbageDay: List fails with Baby Blues in Venice and not Morfia's down the street in Marina del Rey. I've had both and there's no comparison. Morfia's has the best damn pulled pork sandwich out there.

Totally surprised that Baby Blues is on the list, cuz it sucks. There probably 25 better BBQ joints in any given county in NC. Haven't been to Morfia's since it changed hands, but it used to suck.

I've been to both the Salt Lick and Kreuz Market. Kreuz Market had BBQ Prime Rib, which was amazing.

A bit disappointed that Santa Maria style is represented; the Hitching Post and Jocko's for the win.
 
2012-09-19 01:10:45 AM  
For Houston BBQ, consult the Houston Barbecue Project.

/thank me later
 
2012-09-19 01:11:15 AM  
CarpeScrotum: [www.you-are-here.com image 820x550]

Used to think this place was good until I went to Austin...
 
2012-09-19 01:47:28 AM  
Smokin' In Style, Hot Springs. You all lose.
 
2012-09-19 01:49:29 AM  

itsfullofstars: The Southern Dandy: My new favorite place in Silicon Valley.

I've visited the south and east bay many times on business. Asian cuisines are pretty good there but anything else has been disappointing.


Your best bet for decent BBQ in San Jose is Jon Jons BBQ on Old Oakland Rd. It looks like a dive if you look at it on google maps, and the area isn't great. But they have pretty good BBQ.
 
2012-09-19 02:10:48 AM  
This is why I love living in St. Louis... 2 on the list within 45 minutes of my place... KC is a 4.5 hour drive... Memphis is 6ish... Chicago about the same...
 
2012-09-19 02:12:09 AM  
ARRGHHH! Blocked at work, categorized as adult.
 
2012-09-19 02:15:45 AM  
Beef is NOT BBQ.

There are two better BBQ restaurants walking distance from my house!

Memphis rules!
 
2012-09-19 02:48:03 AM  
Agreed that Rendezvous in Memphis should definitely be on the list. I guess a couple people on here said it's more rep than current, and on that I don't know, I haven't actually been there since the late 1990s.

The Houstonians are right, Goode Company probably doesn't deserve to be on the list. It's inconsistent, and while on the good (Goode?) days it's a fine experience, mostly it's just OK.

Surprised to see Dinosaur on the list. I haven't been to the one in Syracuse, but I have been to the one in Rochester multiple times. It's good, but again, not sure it merits top 25 in the nation kind of status.

Now, what I really don't get is people hating on Salt Lick. Salt Lick's sauce isn't really something to write home about, sure, and the sausage isn't really anything special but the other meat is OUTSTANDING. Both ribs and brisket are absolutely top notch! See below:

byrneweb.com 

mmmmmmmmmmmeat!
 
2012-09-19 03:18:26 AM  

Lsherm: List fails without Famous Dave's.



Travel to jackstack (Get the jackstack with baked beans and the corn/potato stuff) in KC and you'll forget all about famous dave's, try oklahma joe's while you're there, too, get the Zman sammich.

Worth the drive and you'll understand why Famous Dave's isn't on the list:P
 
2012-09-19 03:20:50 AM  

LibertyHiller: 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 miss Al's roast beef and béarnaise so very much.


I worked there during the '04/'05 school year and the summer after... now I get free food for life there. Too bad I'm in LA instead...
 
2012-09-19 09:09:13 AM  
List completely fails without:

a1.urbancdn.com
 
2012-09-19 09:45:59 AM  

CujoQuarrel: 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.

Which parts of NoAl?


Sorry for the late response. Mostly from Cullman north to the border, from Muscle Schoals to Rainsville. Stayed in Huntsville. Got down to Birmingham once a week. Can't remember the names of the BBQ places I ate at. One in Birmingham, one in Cullman, Another one off of I-65 I believe in Blount County, A place in Decatur, a place in Florence, those are the ones I remember, some better than others, all pretty decent.
 
2012-09-19 09:53:55 AM  

Scott_Free: Really? Don't even mention the top competition BBQ place in the world? The best ribs and pulled pork anywhere.
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I ate at Bob Gibson's in Decatur, AL. They were out of pulled pork when I got there! Still was pretty good.
 
2012-09-19 11:07:38 AM  
I am a professional competitive BBQer so I'm getting a kick...

ate at Rendezvous this past spring and I'd never go there again.

Gus's Fried Chicken? oh hell yes I'd go there right now if I was close enough.

SMOKEY TALES
 
2012-09-19 11:26:31 AM  
List fails without LC's. Can't complain about the other KC entries, though as a bbq joint Jack Stack is a bit high-falutin' for my taste. Gates trumps Arthur Bryant's IMO, but their meat tends to be a bit dry.
 
2012-09-19 11:40:11 AM  

RagnarD: Not to diminish Gates, AB's, Jack Stack, Zarda or OK Joe's. They are all great in their own way. (HI MAY I HELP YOU!!??!?!?)

But, I sho did love me some LC's on Blue Parkway in KCMO in the 90s. Anybody tried them recently? Going back to visit KC this fall.

Side question: Is the Levee still around and laid back/fun as 15-20 years ago? What about Harling's upstairs? Grand Emporium? It's all coming back to me now... I really loved Amazing Grace's BBQ inside the GE. She used to have a different sauce every night, it seemed.

Looking forward to the visit. Been over a decade...


Grand Emporium's closed. The Levee is still cool though.
 
2012-09-19 11:43:33 AM  

slidillon: If you do it right, you might not even need the sauce.


Great BBQ doesn't need sauce, period. But it doesn't hurt either, which means none of that tomato sauce-like substance from KC.

Central Texas BBQ is hands-down the best if you are talking about beef or sausage. It's Texas so the beef part needs no explanation and with the large german-immigrant influence around Austin/Elgin/San Marcos/New Braunfels/Luling/Lockhart, the sausage is almost a birthright.

Not really diggin' the pig down here, although there is nothing wrong with that.
After a large plate of brisket and/or ribs and/or sausage, with some beans and white bread, I don't even miss the pork.
Drop a Lone Star or a Shiner on top of that and it's coma-time.
 
2012-09-19 12:05:58 PM  

TheraTx: I am a professional competitive BBQer so I'm getting a kick...

ate at Rendezvous this past spring and I'd never go there again.

Gus's Fried Chicken? oh hell yes I'd go there right now if I was close enough.

SMOKEY TALES


Gus's is totally awesome, fantastic chicken. I may think that Memphis needs to be cleansed from the face of the earth, but they know their fried chicken there. And pork.

Lord knows how many times I had the itis in Memphis.
 
2012-09-19 12:17:00 PM  

99.998er: Huh??? No Dreamland in Tuscaloosa???? Who are these guys? Vegans?


No, idiots.
 
2012-09-19 02:30:35 PM  

BalugaJoe: Leo's in Oklahoma City.

Blues City Cafe in Memhpis.


NO. DO NOT eat ANYTHING from Blues City that you didn't see prepared. The most disgusting health code violations anywhere. Hair brushes in the gumbo. Rats stealing ribs from the smoker. Just... no.
 
2012-09-19 02:40:10 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.


Some friends and I tried to go to Franklin's a couple of months ago on our way to New Braunfels for a toobin' trip. We got in line at 10:15am and were already about 100 people back (they don't open until 11). After about 15 minutes in direct sun and 90+ temps and already sweating our arses off, an employee came up to our section and informed us that we were at about the 2-1/2hr wait mark. We drove to Lockhart instead and tried both Smitty's and Kreutz's and had absolutely no wait at either. We all agreed Smitty's was the best we ever had. Next time, I'm wanting to try Louie Mueller's and City Market, but there's no way I would wait that long for Franklin's. It can't be that much better than we've tried already.
 
2012-09-19 02:41:21 PM  
Snow's in Lexington, TX is ok, but there is better. I used to own a WISP, had a tower on the peanut grain elevator across the street. You might have seen my ass hanging off it from time to time. Go early on Saturday, the pork ribs rock, get extra sauce. Ignore the fact the sauce comes in recycled water/soda bottles, I'm sure they are washed... ;)
 
2012-09-19 03:31:15 PM  

BalugaJoe: Leo's in Oklahoma City.

Blues City Cafe in Memhpis.


That's not even in the top 10...

Bar-B-Que Shop, Tops and Cozy Corner are generally considered the three best
Germantown Commissary, Three Little Pigs, Central, and Payne's, depending on who you ask, are also in there.

Corky's, Rendezvous, Neely's and Gridley's all had their time, but that time is past. Hell, even the Commissary had a dry spell for about a five years.
 
2012-09-19 04:43:31 PM  

timujin: BalugaJoe: Leo's in Oklahoma City.

Blues City Cafe in Memhpis.

That's not even in the top 10...

Bar-B-Que Shop, Tops and Cozy Corner are generally considered the three best
Germantown Commissary, Three Little Pigs, Central, and Payne's, depending on who you ask, are also in there.

Corky's, Rendezvous, Neely's and Gridley's all had their time, but that time is past. Hell, even the Commissary had a dry spell for about a five years.


Which place in Germantown is the small place next to railroad tracks. I believe someone told me the guy who owns it built the place that became Corky's. Sold it to Corky, and build himself a new place.  It was awesome.
 
2012-09-19 05:45:28 PM  

ThrowYourHatredDown: timujin: BalugaJoe: Leo's in Oklahoma City.

Blues City Cafe in Memhpis.

That's not even in the top 10...

Bar-B-Que Shop, Tops and Cozy Corner are generally considered the three best
Germantown Commissary, Three Little Pigs, Central, and Payne's, depending on who you ask, are also in there.

Corky's, Rendezvous, Neely's and Gridley's all had their time, but that time is past. Hell, even the Commissary had a dry spell for about a five years.

Which place in Germantown is the small place next to railroad tracks. I believe someone told me the guy who owns it built the place that became Corky's. Sold it to Corky, and build himself a new place. It was awesome.


That's the Commissary.
 
2012-09-19 06:12:56 PM  

timujin: That's the Commissary.


I have eaten at about half of the Memphis locations mentioned here, Of those, The Commissary was in my opinion the best.
 
2012-09-19 10:44:40 PM  

ManRay: How can you expect to have good BBQ up north when most people say BBQ when they mean to say cookout?

You do not BBQ hamburgers and hotdogs.


Nope. We don't BBQ hamburgers and hotdogs, but we do grill them.

And oh, Dinosaur, how I love you... Great, going to have to make a special trip out to Syracuse just to have some of their yummy goodness.
 
2012-09-19 11:22:52 PM  

ScorpD: 17th


I agree. Keep on driving into St. Louis and go to Pappy's instead. Only drawback is if you get there late they are out of almost everything except brisket sandwiches.
 
2012-09-19 11:59:36 PM  

Digitalstrange: List fails without Maurice Bessinger's racist BBQ making ass.


Sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I'll never know, 'cause I won't eat the filthy motherf*cker!
 
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