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(CNN)   CNN lists top BBQ joints in the country. The majority in Texas? Check. None in any other southern states? Check. List on the left, whinin' on the right, y'all   (eatocracy.cnn.com) divider line 341
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2012-09-21 04:03:07 PM
Just got back from picking up takeout. They had a special on beef ribs. 


Link
 
2012-09-21 04:06:43 PM
Man, it's all good.
 
2012-09-21 04:09:25 PM

OldManDownDRoad



The correct eastern NC method:

Note the pot of stew for the complete meal, plus crowd of happy relatives and friends in background.


Yeah, crowd of happy relatives and friends, yeah that's right, relatives and friends or how they were called back in the 1800's, other slaves.
 
2012-09-21 04:19:42 PM

JackieRabbit: waterrockets: JackieRabbit:
It the restaurant sells their sauce in commercial packaging, they forgot how to make BBQ long ago. Find someplace else.

People who make sweeping judgments based on one criterion, well, insert hypocritical comment here. Clearly you haven't eaten at Rudy's, nor purchased their sauce, which is my favorite (as a 3500-4000 calorie/day eater, I have a lot of experience eating)

Think what you will, my friend. I've watch at least a dozen very good restaurants go commercial and start selling their sauce, which they have mass-produced somewhere. At first it's just sold at the counter; then it starts showing up in local supermarkets. Finally it can be had almost everywhere. In the meantime, the restaurant's BBQ goes to hell in a handbag. Some of their customers think the BBQ is still fantastic, while everyone else thinks "what happened to this place!?!?" Real BBQ joints don't market their sauce. It's usually a well guarded secret.

And no, I have not eaten at Rudy's since I don't live in Texas. But I just looked it up. It's a chain. I don't eat at chain BBQ joints. Nor do I care about the preferences of a 3000-4000 kcal/day eater, since quantify is obviously more important than quality.


Dinosaur Barbeque sells their Wango Tango sauce in supermarkets, and by mail order....

I still love the barbeque they cook. Their wango tango wings are to die for.
 
2012-09-21 04:25:49 PM
1) Tx bbq
2) korean bbq
3) no bbq
4)carolina bbq

/john oliver
 
2012-09-21 04:33:14 PM

JackieRabbit: Browncoat: jmr61: If you don't have Dreamland in Birmingham Tuscaloosa on the list it's not a proper list. Yum.

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FTFY

I've always wanted to go to the original. We have a Dreamland near me, but I'm told by those in the know it simply isn't even close to the original.

There's fantastic BBQ to be had in every state from Virginia to Texas. The best places are dives. It the restaurant sells their sauce in commercial packaging, they forgot how to make BBQ long ago. Find someplace else.


Go to the original. The 'chain' ones aren't anywhere as good.
 
2012-09-21 04:36:41 PM

thaduke: It's funny to hear all the Southerners in here talking about the 'best' barbecue coming from down there. But really, when have Southerners been the best at anything?

I mean, look at cornbread. All the stuff in the south may have been pretty good back when you were cooking with cast iron on a wood stove (some people down there probably still are...) but harder-working, more careful artisans in places like SF and NYC are really taking things to the next level. It's the same with barbecue. What your grampa taught you isn't going to cut it anymore, not with the food knowledge and passion behind the better cooks in CA and NY, not to mention general technological know-how and more advanced techniques. Plus,the crowd is actually *interesting*, and the music is better.

NYC for BBQ all the way.


You are a terrific asshole.
 
2012-09-21 04:41:06 PM
From Missouri and have had years of wonderful KC style BBQ. It's a unique style. If you want the best KC Style BBQ, go to Kansas City. Apply same concept to any other BBQ style--if you like that style, go to the motherland of that style. Ask about six locals where the best BBQ is in that town or area and go from there.

Last winter, we made a BBQ pilgramage to Memphis. Spent a week. Ate BBQ everywhere. MMmmmmm. Spent nights on Beale Street. Very good times. Central BBQ for the win but we didn't have any bad BBQ in Memphis. We thought Memphis was a fun town.

Next pilgramage is to Texas. Will get to the Carolinas before long. Loves me some Barbecue.
 
2012-09-21 04:41:30 PM

thaduke: It's funny to hear all the Southerners in here talking about the 'best' barbecue coming from down there. But really, when have Southerners been the best at anything?

I mean, look at cornbread. All the stuff in the south may have been pretty good back when you were cooking with cast iron on a wood stove (some people down there probably still are...) but harder-working, more careful artisans in places like SF and NYC are really taking things to the next level. It's the same with barbecue. What your grampa taught you isn't going to cut it anymore, not with the food knowledge and passion behind the better cooks in CA and NY, not to mention general technological know-how and more advanced techniques. Plus,the crowd is actually *interesting*, and the music is better.

NYC for BBQ all the way.


Bless your heart
 
2012-09-21 04:43:26 PM

TheDumbBlonde: thaduke: It's funny to hear all the Southerners in here talking about the 'best' barbecue coming from down there. But really, when have Southerners been the best at anything?

I mean, look at cornbread. All the stuff in the south may have been pretty good back when you were cooking with cast iron on a wood stove (some people down there probably still are...) but harder-working, more careful artisans in places like SF and NYC are really taking things to the next level. It's the same with barbecue. What your grampa taught you isn't going to cut it anymore, not with the food knowledge and passion behind the better cooks in CA and NY, not to mention general technological know-how and more advanced techniques. Plus,the crowd is actually *interesting*, and the music is better.

NYC for BBQ all the way.

You are a terrific asshole.


By that line of reasoning, microwave cooking is the most scrumptious stuff on the face of the planet.
 
2012-09-21 04:49:34 PM

pissnmoan: Next pilgramage is to Texas. Will get to the Carolinas before long. Loves me some Barbecue.


Mmm... pilgrims.
 
2012-09-21 05:03:45 PM
Peco's in Seattle. Start with mild or medium unless you know what the fark you're doing.
 
2012-09-21 05:43:40 PM

thedarkjedi: Peco's in Seattle. Start with mild or medium unless you know what the fark you're doing.


rain city neighbor here. there is no good barbecue in seattle.

texas rules. all anti-sauce comments above are spot on.

partial to jmueller myself.
 
2012-09-21 05:51:38 PM
Leonard's in Memphis used to be good back in the late 80's.
Pig -n- Whistle in Bartlett TN was good in the 90's.
The Public Eye also in Memphis had good ribs. (RIP :( )

I haven't found a decent BBQ place in years.
 
2012-09-21 06:09:34 PM

TheDumbBlonde: I once had a very nice woman explain to me that where she ws from in Michigan, they would simmer raw baby back ribs in Kraft Honey BBQ sauce. I could only stare incredulously.


I'm from Oregon, where good BBQ is practically unknown, and even I think this sounds awful.

/ facepalm
 
2012-09-21 06:17:36 PM
List fails without The Joint - New Orleans, LA
 
2012-09-21 06:35:14 PM
Beef ain't BBQ.

Get your ass to Memphis.
 
2012-09-21 06:41:33 PM

jmadisonbiii: MEMPHIS.

Central
Corky's
Cozy Corner
Interstate
Rendezvous
Tops

Damn.


You nailed it. But I would put Tops over Rendezvous.

Gawd, I love living in Memphis! It's a wonder I don't weigh 400 pounds.
 
2012-09-21 06:45:03 PM
i.imgur.com

In business since 1947 serving some of the best BBQ you'll get anywhere. There's no dining room. And this is after they fixed the joint up a little a few years ago.
 
2012-09-21 06:54:28 PM

SandMann: Nice to see some connoisseurs on this thread

Cooper's in Llano.

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Oh ye gods, those beef ribs...I have actual dreams about how good they are.
 
2012-09-21 07:17:42 PM

Solid Muldoon: jmadisonbiii: MEMPHIS.

Central
Corky's
Cozy Corner
Interstate
Rendezvous
Tops

Damn.

You nailed it. But I would put Tops over Rendezvous.

Gawd, I love living in Memphis! It's a wonder I don't weigh 400 pounds.


Running from the crack addicts on Madison will keep the weight down.
 
2012-09-21 07:40:09 PM
it's a good thing I'm going home to Texas today, I shall celebrate by having some good bbq, not any of this crap you people in the D.C. and baltimore area eat
 
2012-09-21 08:40:50 PM
 
2012-09-21 08:52:04 PM
Of course they list a place in Inglewood and on Crenshaw Boulevard no less. Do they heat the sauce with the barrel of their guns?
 
2012-09-21 09:05:59 PM
2 bbq threads in 3 days. Really? REALLY?
 
2012-09-21 09:16:21 PM
Jesus. Beer, bourbon, and scotch snobs got nothin' on you people.
 
2012-09-21 09:18:46 PM

thaduke: It's funny to hear all the Southerners in here talking about the 'best' barbecue coming from down there. But really, when have Southerners been the best at anything?

I mean, look at cornbread. All the stuff in the south may have been pretty good back when you were cooking with cast iron on a wood stove (some people down there probably still are...) but harder-working, more careful artisans in places like SF and NYC are really taking things to the next level. It's the same with barbecue. What your grampa taught you isn't going to cut it anymore, not with the food knowledge and passion behind the better cooks in CA and NY, not to mention general technological know-how and more advanced techniques. Plus,the crowd is actually *interesting*, and the music is better.

NYC for BBQ all the way.


Bless your heart.
 
2012-09-21 09:20:55 PM

GoGoGadgetLiver: Carolina pork BBQ or Texas beef? Texas of course. Even the Lord Jesus himself would agree. No self respecting Jew would eat pork.


Any Jew who ate NC BBQ would realize what he's been missing. That Texas stuff is fine, but it isn't barbeque.
 
2012-09-21 09:23:15 PM

UNC_Samurai: There are effectively only four good places to get BBQ in the world:


Distinction needs to be made: The Greenville location of Parker's qualifies as barbeque if you're feeding relative from Michigan who don't know any better. Otherwise, it's just pig that got abused on the way to the table.
 
2012-09-21 09:24:22 PM

JackieRabbit:
There's fantastic BBQ to be had in every state from Virginia to Texas. The best places are dives. It the restaurant sells their sauce in commercial packaging, they forgot how to make BBQ long ago. Find someplace else.


There's a place about 20 minutes from my house named 17th Street.

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That is, the original is 20 minutes from me, in Murphysboro, IL. The place is awesome. Like a couple of places mentioned here, there's evidence that Bill Clinton's been there. Man likes to eat. There are people who travel from other states for the beans, seriously. It's basically an old bar that's been turned into a restaurant. Not hardly enough room for everyone. It's always packed, and always amazing. I've never had anything from there that didn't leave me wishing I had room to keep on eating.

There's another one with the same name near I-57, in Marion. Real nice looking. Food's okay, but not great. Not long after they opened, I took a lunch break and got some smoked wings. They weren't fully cooked.

They apparently have one in O'Fallon, too, and iirc Mike has a restaurant in Manhattan. I don't know about the Manhattan one, but the O'Fallon one has mixed reviews. If you can't bother going to the old bar in Murphysboro, you'll probably get good food, but if you can go to the Murphysboro one, you'll get great food.

Having said all that, I tend to cook my own. Believe it or not, with some care, you can get good results with one of these:

wjltevansville.com

I did a pork shoulder on mine, and my wife declared it "almost as good as 17th Street". I'll take that as a good sign. :-D
 
2012-09-21 11:36:14 PM
There's only 5 words to say:
HI, MAY I HELP YOU?
 
2012-09-22 12:12:02 AM
For as much crap in Texas gets called barbeque, there is at least one redeeming restaurant:
Smitty's Pit BBQ in El Paso.
 
2012-09-22 12:14:18 AM
bbqjew.files.wordpress.com

Yeah, right. We'll stay hidden serving excellent BBQ. Thanks.

www.yesyoucangrill.com

Another Durham great.

Hat tips to all the great places in Wilson, NC. Wilson is the epicenter, and that must be acknowledged.

 
2012-09-22 12:18:18 AM
media.sundancechannel.com

The Master, Ed Mitchell.

 
2012-09-22 02:20:00 AM
Alexander Cockburn once noted that in Texas BBQ consisted of "saddle leather slathered with ketchup".
 
2012-09-22 02:58:13 AM

Edward Rooney Dean of Students: List is decent, 'cept it forgets Jasper's in East Waco. Damn. Just...damn.


Haven't had Jasper's in quite a while. It's awesome, but is certainly a different type of BBQ. Would die to have some now.

I moved to the Carolinas, and no, they can't make BBQ here. What they make here is disgusting. Doesn't matter, North Carolina, South Carolina, east coast, or in the mountains. It's all you can do to choke it down. I love living here, the people are nice and the weather is awesome. But, they don't know BBQ. Don't even get me started about the other stuff they eat here "Livermush." We even have livermush sandwiches in the machine in our break room.
 
2012-09-22 04:08:10 AM

JolobinSmokin: List fails without anything from Oklahoma.

Billy Sims is a chain BBQ and better than almost any other i've been too in other parts of the country.

Wild Horse Mountain, is located on Wild horse mountain, just south of Sallisaw, Ok

Probably best in the state.


Nice. I'm not too far from Sallisaw. Try Fish's in Tahlequah. Awesome little hole in the wall. It was converted from a Jiffy Lube into a BBQ restaurant.
 
2012-09-22 12:15:57 PM

wlowe84: Edward Rooney Dean of Students: List is decent, 'cept it forgets Jasper's in East Waco. Damn. Just...damn.

Haven't had Jasper's in quite a while. It's awesome, but is certainly a different type of BBQ. Would die to have some now.

I moved to the Carolinas, and no, they can't make BBQ here. What they make here is disgusting. Doesn't matter, North Carolina, South Carolina, east coast, or in the mountains. It's all you can do to choke it down. I love living here, the people are nice and the weather is awesome. But, they don't know BBQ. Don't even get me started about the other stuff they eat here "Livermush." We even have livermush sandwiches in the machine in our break room.


Wikipedia:

"Livermush (sometimes called liver pudding) is a Southern United States food product composed of pig liver, head parts, and cornmeal. It is commonly spiced with pepper and sage."

YUCK.
 
2012-09-22 12:19:48 PM

theurge14: "Livermush (sometimes called liver pudding) is a Southern United States food product composed of pig liver, head parts, and cornmeal. It is commonly spiced with pepper and sage."

YUCK.


Wait until you find out what scrapple is.
 
2012-09-22 12:25:42 PM

PallMall: theurge14: "Livermush (sometimes called liver pudding) is a Southern United States food product composed of pig liver, head parts, and cornmeal. It is commonly spiced with pepper and sage."

YUCK.

Wait until you find out what scrapple is.


Or souse.
 
2012-09-22 09:07:05 PM

Cythraul: [www.delish.com image 400x400]

Look at the deliciousness that is a North Carolina pulled pork sammich.


I see your fancy-pants sammich and raise you a burnt-ends sandwich and fries served in a brown piece of paper from Arthur Bryant's. Easy win... 

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