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2013-03-09 02:33:21 AM  
I've yet to encounter a BBQ joint in Texas I didn't like, but Baker's Ribs in the Weatherford area is awesome on their sides.
 
2013-03-09 05:03:10 AM  
 
2013-03-09 09:35:42 AM  
My favorite BBQ in Detroit is http://slowsbarbq.com/
 
2013-03-09 09:41:32 AM  
Louie Mueller Barbecue, 206 W. Second St., Taylor.

This is the best in Texas by far.
 
2013-03-09 10:09:38 AM  
McDonalds's McRib is the best BBQ, thread over.
 
2013-03-09 10:09:52 AM  
The ONLY BBQ join I could find in London is Bodean's.  Not the absolute best in the world, but pretty damn good for England.

In NY you gotta hit Dinosaur BBQ.  I go to Syracuse, but I think they are in Harlem and Rochester as well
 
2013-03-09 10:10:42 AM  
Big Bad Wolf in Baltimore is pretty great. Oh, that brisket, bacon, bbq pork with Kanas City spicy sauce sammich. You make me so fat.
 
2013-03-09 10:10:52 AM  
applejack.ponychan.netkeep your filthy pretentious foodie garbage to yourselves, please.
 
2013-03-09 10:12:00 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-09 10:12:15 AM  
Best BBQ in Fairbanks, Alaska is Tubby's.  Not fantastic, but better than anything else in town.  Except in the summer, when JaRobs is open in it's little trailer across the street from Fred Mayer's West.
 
2013-03-09 10:12:44 AM  
[name of place] in [town that I lived in].

[pic of food]
 
2013-03-09 10:12:47 AM  

slayer199: My favorite BBQ in Detroit is http://slowsbarbq.com/


Didn't even read your Weeners.
 
2013-03-09 10:12:57 AM  
Going to a Korean BBQ in a couple of hours, so getting a a kick, etc.
 
2013-03-09 10:13:08 AM  
Jim's Rib Haven and Hartland's BBQ in Omaha, NE
 
2013-03-09 10:13:46 AM  

Smosh: The ONLY BBQ join I could find in London is Bodean's.  Not the absolute best in the world, but pretty damn good for England.

In NY you gotta hit Dinosaur BBQ.  I go to Syracuse, but I think they are in Harlem and Rochester as well


Stamford CT too. They are very good, but don't really compare to Memphis or TX.
 
2013-03-09 10:13:58 AM  
Oklahoma Joe's is the best barbecue in Kansas City, which makes it the best barbecue in the world. If you disagree, you are wrong.
 
2013-03-09 10:13:58 AM  
No love for Dickey's (in Dallas), Luther's (in Houston), or Stubb's in Austin?

I'm not surprised this list fails.
 
2013-03-09 10:14:13 AM  
McDonald's the McRib is awesome.
 
2013-03-09 10:14:23 AM  
cache.gawker.com
McRib, baby!
 
2013-03-09 10:14:40 AM  
My son says that mine is the best. I say Wilson's Barbecue in Pittsburgh. (He says that's second best.)

/Good kid
 
2013-03-09 10:14:47 AM  
My back yard
 
2013-03-09 10:14:54 AM  
Rib City, Fort Meyers.
 
2013-03-09 10:15:27 AM  
In before Luling Country Market.
 
2013-03-09 10:15:55 AM  

catsfish: Big Bad Wolf in Baltimore is pretty great. Oh, that brisket, bacon, bbq pork with Kanas City spicy sauce sammich. You make me so fat.


Thank you, I was just about to come in here and ask for some good Baltimore BBQ. I'm living in the UK for the next few years (not exactly good bbq territory) and my first time back stateside will be there.
 
2013-03-09 10:16:06 AM  
ribs: bert's bbq austin, tx - far west location only

everything else: salt lick, austin

/ lives in indy
 
2013-03-09 10:16:09 AM  
Freddy's in DC
 
2013-03-09 10:16:27 AM  
I wonder how much McDonalds is paying BigRightBear and Game Sprocket.
 
2013-03-09 10:16:44 AM  
New York: Brother Jimmy's

New Jersey: Local Smoke

Phoenix: Joe's Real BBQ

Ribs: Butch's Smack Your Lips
 
2013-03-09 10:19:37 AM  
Absolute list fail without Salt Lick.
 
2013-03-09 10:20:05 AM  

dethmagnetic: Oklahoma Joe's is the best barbecue in Kansas City, which makes it the best barbecue in the world. If you disagree, you are wrong.


I'll take a Z-Man from Okie Joe's, but that's about it.  I prefer to spread my loyalty around the city....

Ribs: Fiorella's Jack Stack
Pulled Pork: BB's Lawnside BBQ
Sauce: Gates BBQ
Smoked meat: Smokin' Guns

And the best BBQ I've ever had in Texas came from Dub's, just outside Tyler near I-20.
 
2013-03-09 10:20:33 AM  
My all time favs:

Texas:  The Salt Lick, in Round Rock

Missouri:  Jack Stack in KC, Pappys in STL

Arizona:  Johnson's Big Apple BBQ, Phoenix area
 
2013-03-09 10:21:07 AM  

dethmagnetic: Oklahoma Joe's is the best barbecue in Kansas City, which makes it the best barbecue in the world. If you disagree, you are wrong.


This.
 
2013-03-09 10:21:28 AM  
Iron Works. Austin, Texas.
 
2013-03-09 10:22:01 AM  
Unfortunately in the Boston area, there's not much to choose from. Blue Ribbon or Red Bones is pretty much the best as far as I know. If, of course, anyone would care to correct me, I would be much obliged.
 
2013-03-09 10:22:44 AM  
Just south of Watkinsville, GA.  Kinda ecumenical, they have vinegar- and tomato-based sauces (I'm not a snob).

www.choppedonion.com
 
2013-03-09 10:22:57 AM  
Carolina Bros. in Ashburn, VA.  It's the only bbq that's close by.
 
2013-03-09 10:23:38 AM  
North Carolina barbecue is best barbecue.  Eastern North Carolina.
 
2013-03-09 10:24:35 AM  

unchellmatt: Unfortunately in the Boston area, there's not much to choose from. Blue Ribbon or Red Bones is pretty much the best as far as I know. If, of course, anyone would care to correct me, I would be much obliged.


Just take a Southwest flight to KC and tool around the BBQ joints.


It's something you need to do before you die, anyways, so get it out of the way.
 
2013-03-09 10:25:23 AM  
In Richmond - Buzz & Neds and Famous Dave's
In Fredericksburg - Virginia BBQ.
 
2013-03-09 10:25:26 AM  
LA barbecue- Austin
Lived in hill country my entire life. Ive had it all; Coopers, Salt Lick, Smitty's, Black's, City Market in Luling, Kreuz are all legendary. LA wins. Over. not up for discussion
 
2013-03-09 10:26:00 AM  
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75th and Prairie, Chicago
 
2013-03-09 10:26:04 AM  
farm4.staticflickr.com

My own homemade smoker. My own Angus, and my own wild hogs. Don't need to go to a restaurant. Use applewood, make my own rub ... sauce is for covering up badly done meat. Make my own sausage, hang my own hams.
 
2013-03-09 10:26:06 AM  

pgh9fan: My son says that mine is the best. I say Wilson's Barbecue in Pittsburgh. (He says that's second best.)

/Good kid


Wilson's ribs are shiatful quality and the sauce is basically tobasco, not to mention their awful sides. But there's also no good bbq in Pittsburgh so I guess you're stuck with it.
 
2013-03-09 10:27:12 AM  
Dreamland in Birmingham Alabama.

Haven't been there in years, so it could have changed, but the giant smoker that would open towards the eating area was pure maniacal genius. Every time they got some thing out, put something in, or mopped it with sauce, the whole restraint would immediately smell awesome.
 
2013-03-09 10:27:37 AM  
Subby your suppose to fly over Texas , not land there.
 
2013-03-09 10:27:47 AM  

dethmagnetic: Oklahoma Joe's is the best barbecue in Kansas City, which makes it the best barbecue in the world. If you disagree, you are wrong.



Been there, done that, got the T-shirt, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-03-09 10:29:26 AM  

GameSprocket: [cache.gawker.com image 850x476]
McRib, baby!


I'm pretty sure I've said this before...but, the McRib is high school cafeteria food.

Seriously.

My high school used to serve a "rib" sandwich that looked exactly like the McRib looks.  It was a pressed meat product (with a rib design) covered in sauce.  I don't know what the McRib sells for, but it couldn't possibly cost more than 30¢ to produce.
 
2013-03-09 10:29:54 AM  

Happy Hours: No love for Dickey's (in Dallas), Luther's (in Houston), or Stubb's in Austin?

I'm not surprised this list fails.


Dickey's is the walmart of BBQ.

Rudy's BBQ is some fine stuff yet very under appreciated
http://www.rudysbbq.com/page/home
 
2013-03-09 10:31:00 AM  
Ketchup & brown sugar covered beef does not count as BBQ. Sorry Texas. If you have to mask the flavor of the poor quality meats you use with ketchup, then you're just doing it wrong. Oh, and Lexington BBQ #1 FTW, though true Eastern NC is a tight second - but not that crap they serve in most places in Raleigh passed off as NC BBQ (which amazingly still makes BBQ shows on TV as authentic, clueless.)

/225
 
2013-03-09 10:31:27 AM  

Smosh: The ONLY BBQ join I could find in London is Bodean's.  Not the absolute best in the world, but pretty damn good for England.

In NY you gotta hit Dinosaur BBQ.  I go to Syracuse, but I think they are in Harlem and Rochester as well


I thought Rhodes in London was good, but they are closed now.
 
2013-03-09 10:31:30 AM  

Marine1: unchellmatt: Unfortunately in the Boston area, there's not much to choose from. Blue Ribbon or Red Bones is pretty much the best as far as I know. If, of course, anyone would care to correct me, I would be much obliged.

Just take a Southwest flight to KC and tool around the BBQ joints.


It's something you need to do before you die, anyways, so get it out of the way.


Yeah, I've been down there and had unbelievable ribs, but the visit to Texas ... lets just say that upon my return to the Boston area I never looked at the two places I mentioned with the same affection I had previously. It was an eye opening experience to find out what really really really good BBQ can be. I can't even remember the name of where I went outside Austin TX, but it was essentially a shack with smokers around it, and crowds of people. Within a mile of the place you could smell it. But holy hades, was that that amazing.
 
2013-03-09 10:31:39 AM  
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Tulsa
 
2013-03-09 10:32:10 AM  

Happy Hours: No love for Dickey's (in Dallas), Luther's (in Houston), or Stubb's in Austin?

I'm not surprised this list fails.


Haven't tried the others, but Dickey's? Really? No, Dickey's sucks. Rudy's is way better.
 
2013-03-09 10:32:11 AM  
Dinosaur in Syracuse and Rochester NY

BTs Smokehouse in Sturbridge, Ma
 
2013-03-09 10:33:26 AM  

Needlessly Complicated: Happy Hours: No love for Dickey's (in Dallas), Luther's (in Houston), or Stubb's in Austin?

I'm not surprised this list fails.

Haven't tried the others, but Dickey's? Really? No, Dickey's sucks. Rudy's is way better.


Hard 8's > Dickeys
 
2013-03-09 10:33:32 AM  
The grill in my backyard.

/in Texas, of course.
 
2013-03-09 10:34:08 AM  

TheGhostofFarkPast: Happy Hours: No love for Dickey's (in Dallas), Luther's (in Houston), or Stubb's in Austin?

I'm not surprised this list fails.

Dickey's is the walmart of BBQ.

Rudy's BBQ is some fine stuff yet very under appreciated
http://www.rudysbbq.com/page/home


Ha ha, you beat me to it :)
 
2013-03-09 10:36:31 AM  

Needlessly Complicated: TheGhostofFarkPast: Happy Hours: No love for Dickey's (in Dallas), Luther's (in Houston), or Stubb's in Austin?

I'm not surprised this list fails.

Dickey's is the walmart of BBQ.

Rudy's BBQ is some fine stuff yet very under appreciated
http://www.rudysbbq.com/page/home

Ha ha, you beat me to it :)


I couldn't let the injustice of someone suggesting Dickey's is good BBQ to go on so I had to act. Plus Rudy's is very good stuff yet not many people talk about it.

/Dickey's is pure junk
 
2013-03-09 10:37:53 AM  

Evil Mackerel: Subby your suppose to fly over Texas , not land there.


Hurr durr derp. Texas is bad! Complete with bad grammar? Yeah, excuse us if anyone fails to take you seriously.
 
2013-03-09 10:40:54 AM  
Tom's BBQ in Mesa, AZ
Can't Stop Smokin' BBQ in Chandler, AZ

When I'm back in Dallas, I loves me some Red, Hot, and Blue Memphis-style ribs.

Willie's BBQ in Mechanicsville, VA
Buzz and Ned's Real BBQ in Richmond, VA

it's a start...
 
2013-03-09 10:41:09 AM  

TurboCojones: Tulsa


I have get to try Elmer's. Is it better than Albert G's? Because I am in love with Albert G's. Their pulled pork and smoked beans are amazing.
 
2013-03-09 10:41:11 AM  

TheGhostofFarkPast: Needlessly Complicated: TheGhostofFarkPast: Happy Hours: No love for Dickey's (in Dallas), Luther's (in Houston), or Stubb's in Austin?

I'm not surprised this list fails.

Dickey's is the walmart of BBQ.

Rudy's BBQ is some fine stuff yet very under appreciated
http://www.rudysbbq.com/page/home

Ha ha, you beat me to it :)

I couldn't let the injustice of someone suggesting Dickey's is good BBQ to go on so I had to act. Plus Rudy's is very good stuff yet not many people talk about it.

/Dickey's is pure junk


Dickey's is the Taco Bell of BBQ.
 
2013-03-09 10:42:10 AM  
Granddaddy's BBQ in Lawrence KS.  Great ribs, great sauce, and on weekend they have BBQ catfish.  Old guy with a giant smoker smoking meat all day long just outside the front door.  Eleventy kinds of awesome.
 
2013-03-09 10:42:23 AM  

Needlessly Complicated: TheGhostofFarkPast: Happy Hours: No love for Dickey's (in Dallas), Luther's (in Houston), or Stubb's in Austin?

I'm not surprised this list fails.

Dickey's is the walmart of BBQ.

Rudy's BBQ is some fine stuff yet very under appreciated
http://www.rudysbbq.com/page/home

Ha ha, you beat me to it :)


Love Rudy's especially on Friday and Saturday when they have the smoked prime rib and smoked tenderloin
 
2013-03-09 10:42:52 AM  
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For Atlanta Area Farkers, forced to do the Dawsonville Premium Outlets?  Head a half mile further up the road and visit Big D's. In the BP Gas Station on the comer of 400 and 53.

http://www.bigdsbarbeque.com/
 
2013-03-09 10:43:09 AM  

TheGhostofFarkPast: Needlessly Complicated: TheGhostofFarkPast: Happy Hours: No love for Dickey's (in Dallas), Luther's (in Houston), or Stubb's in Austin?

I'm not surprised this list fails.

Dickey's is the walmart of BBQ.

Rudy's BBQ is some fine stuff yet very under appreciated
http://www.rudysbbq.com/page/home

Ha ha, you beat me to it :)

I couldn't let the injustice of someone suggesting Dickey's is good BBQ to go on so I had to act. Plus Rudy's is very good stuff yet not many people talk about it.

/Dickey's is pure junk


gamingdead.com

I think I love you, by the way :)
 
2013-03-09 10:44:48 AM  
I just want to take this opportunity to point out that bar-b-que is meat not sauce. I hear some folks rave about the sauce at so and so's bar-b-que joint. To hell with the sauce. If the meat underneath isn't done right you can't make it good no matter how much burnt ketchup  you slather on it.
 
2013-03-09 10:47:51 AM  
New Orleans, The Joint, best BBQ in the city, hands down.
 
2013-03-09 10:52:09 AM  

Needlessly Complicated: Evil Mackerel: Subby your suppose to fly over Texas , not land there.

Hurr durr derp. Texas is bad! Complete with bad grammar? Yeah, excuse us if anyone fails to take you seriously.


My first bite, you are so sweet.
 
2013-03-09 10:52:56 AM  
Henry's Smoke House, Greenville, SC
 
2013-03-09 10:53:30 AM  
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There is none better
 
2013-03-09 10:53:55 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
/Austin
//hot
 
2013-03-09 10:54:37 AM  
My backyard.
 
2013-03-09 10:55:09 AM  
The best BBQ I've ever eaten was in Abilene Tx. It was a place called turnerhills I think. It closed down a long time ago. It wasnt open every day, and was operated by two elderly black guys. Nothing I've eaten since has come close
 
2013-03-09 10:55:54 AM  

w0nka: dethmagnetic: Oklahoma Joe's is the best barbecue in Kansas City, which makes it the best barbecue in the world. If you disagree, you are wrong.


Been there, done that, got the T-shirt, leaving satisfied.


When you're not a pretentious douche nozzle, they actually allow you to land in other places besides the east and west coast.
 
2013-03-09 10:55:58 AM  
Not a single person said Famous Daves!!  I love you guys.

In Omaha (Gretna) the We'll Smoke U BBQ is pretty good.  I also like Boyd and Charlies in Elkhorn (again Omaha) because it is 3 minutes away from my work.
 
2013-03-09 10:56:44 AM  

Clemkadidlefark: [farm4.staticflickr.com image 75x75]

My own homemade smoker. My own Angus, and my own wild hogs. Don't need to go to a restaurant. Use applewood, make my own rub ... sauce is for covering up badly done meat. Make my own sausage, hang my own hams.


Hey, everyone! BBQ at Clemkadidlefark's!
 
2013-03-09 10:56:54 AM  
Slowsin Detroit, OUT-standing.
 
2013-03-09 10:57:40 AM  
Fat people always know where all the good food is at
/And when the new twinkies, hoho's, and kit kats come out
 
2013-03-09 10:58:16 AM  
The best BBQ in my area of Michigan...
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i697.photobucket.com

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Been told by many that my bones kick the snot of of Slow's.
 
2013-03-09 10:59:43 AM  

pgh9fan: My son says that mine is the best. I say Wilson's Barbecue in Pittsburgh. (He says that's second best.)

/Good kid


You would win hands  down with me even if you are in Pittsburgh.
 
2013-03-09 11:00:10 AM  
I live two miles away from the original Rudy's in Leon Springs, and 30 miles away from Buzzie's in Kerrville. I love the hill country.
 
2013-03-09 11:02:11 AM  
"...out of Slow's".

Gotta proofread better.
 
2013-03-09 11:02:31 AM  
my friends say the think my "candied pork" is the bomb - but I think they just want free ribs.

I need to find a good place in the Philly area (here on work)
 
2013-03-09 11:02:37 AM  

Bareefer Obonghit: pgh9fan: My son says that mine is the best. I say Wilson's Barbecue in Pittsburgh. (He says that's second best.)

/Good kid

Wilson's ribs are shiatful quality and the sauce is basically tobasco, not to mention their awful sides. But there's also no good bbq in Pittsburgh so I guess you're stuck with it.


Their greens are the best and so is their pie. Ribs and chicken slow-roasted over the only wood-fired stove in the city. Service is excellent and so is the food.  Best barbecue around no doubt. Better than what I've eaten in Western North Carolina. (Asheville, Bat Cave, etc,)
 
2013-03-09 11:05:01 AM  

spectrum17: Dinosaur in Syracuse and Rochester NY

BTs Smokehouse in Sturbridge, Ma



THIS. Their smoked brisket and bacon sandwich (The BBS) is the stuff dreams are made of.
 
2013-03-09 11:09:53 AM  
The best BBQ is the one on your plate. Otherwise it's just theory and conjecture.

/Been doing too much economics lately.
 
2013-03-09 11:10:08 AM  
Grand_Moff_Joseph: My all time favs:

Texas:  The Salt Lick, in Round Rock


You need to get your ass to Franklin.  Now.
 
2013-03-09 11:11:21 AM  
If anyone is ever at  Deep Creek Lake, MD, Archie's BBQ is very good.
 
2013-03-09 11:13:22 AM  
Salt Lick, Texas
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Cooper's, Texas
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2013-03-09 11:13:52 AM  
The Mrs. and I recently did 4 day day trip to Memphis, with the specific purpose of sampling the best BBQ we could find. Much research went into making our decisions on where to go. Out of the 4 places we went to, here's how we ranked them:

#4- Central
#3- The BarBQ Shop,
#2- Corkys,
#1- Germantown Commissary.

Actually posted a review, with pictures, of the places on the trip, on one of the BBQ websites I frequent. If anyone is interested:
http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=61778&postdays=0&p os torder=asc&start=20
 
2013-03-09 11:16:55 AM  
There is no better evidence of the complete and utter shiatty BBQ quality in Michigan than the people who lose their collective minds for Slows in Detroit.

Put that place in Memphis, KC or Texas and its doors are shuttered in a week. In Detroit, it has legendary status.
 
2013-03-09 11:22:18 AM  

dethmagnetic: Oklahoma Joe's is the best barbecue in Kansas City, which makes it the best barbecue in the world. If you disagree, you are wrong.


Oklahoma Joe's is pretty good, but not even close to the best in KC.  Look for a little hole-in-the-wall joint that used to be a gas station but now is a BBQ place - they're all over the city.  That's the good stuff, especially if there's an old guy smoking meat right outside.  If they have 2 locations, they're probably very, very good.  If they have 3 or more locations they're probably mediocre because they're more into selling than barbecuing.  Gates is good, not great.  Zarda's is good, not great.  Arthur Bryants is toxic waste.  If you listen to John Madden for your KC BBQ recommendations, you might as well go to Arby's.
 
2013-03-09 11:22:18 AM  
Obscure but on topic :  There will be no loud or bad talk in this place.   That along with SRV on open mic night.  BBQ heaven.
yes I am old


Also:  There is not an excellent BBQ place in KC. If there is, it is probably in a shack or church parking lot somewhere.  The best some say in KC is Oklahoma Joes...  well it is OK, not great, but better than most in KC.
 
2013-03-09 11:22:21 AM  
Even up here in Madison, WIsconsin we have a world/national BBQ champion.  Smoky Johns BBQ ribs
 
2013-03-09 11:22:42 AM  

Coach_J: There is no better evidence of the complete and utter shiatty BBQ quality in Michigan than the people who lose their collective minds for Slows in Detroit.

Put that place in Memphis, KC or Texas and its doors are shuttered in a week. In Detroit, it has legendary status.


X10. Haven't been able to find a place in SE Michigan yet that has better that average BBQ. Sheena Barnes in Sumpter and Randy's in the Irish Hills are supposed to be really good. Need to venture out there one of theses days.
 
2013-03-09 11:23:13 AM  

Coach_J: There is no better evidence of the complete and utter shiatty BBQ quality in Michigan than the people who lose their collective minds for Slows in Detroit.

Put that place in Memphis, KC or Texas and its doors are shuttered in a week. In Detroit, it has legendary status.


To be honest, any business that stays open more than a week is granted legendary status in Detroit.
 
2013-03-09 11:23:34 AM  
Central BBQ for Ribs in Memphis and Interstate BBQ for pulled pork sandwitches and BBQ spagetti.

/Rendezvous is for tourist
//Although still delicious
 
2013-03-09 11:23:41 AM  

The best ribs I've ever had were from a place in San Bernardino called Shelton's (or Sheldon's?) in the early-to-mid '60s. It was in a low-rent area of town and was old, but very clean. A hand-lettered sign on the wall read:

DON'T ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL
WE AIN'T PUSHING NOTHING TODAY
WE SELLS RIBS

 
2013-03-09 11:24:22 AM  

WhoopAssWayne: Ketchup & brown sugar covered beef does not count as BBQ. Sorry Texas. If you have to mask the flavor of the poor quality meats you use with ketchup, then you're just doing it wrong. Oh, and Lexington BBQ #1 FTW, though true Eastern NC is a tight second - but not that crap they serve in most places in Raleigh passed off as NC BBQ (which amazingly still makes BBQ shows on TV as authentic, clueless.)

/225


Lexington is awesome
 
2013-03-09 11:24:29 AM  

3StratMan: The best BBQ in my area of Michigan...
[i697.photobucket.com image 640x473]


[i697.photobucket.com image 850x627]

[i697.photobucket.com image 850x478]
Been told by many that my bones kick the snot of of Slow's.


Did you build the big smoker?
 
2013-03-09 11:24:32 AM  

3StratMan: The Mrs. and I recently did 4 day day trip to Memphis, with the specific purpose of sampling the best BBQ we could find. Much research went into making our decisions on where to go. Out of the 4 places we went to, here's how we ranked them:

#4- Central
#3- The BarBQ Shop,
#2- Corkys,
#1- Germantown Commissary.

Actually posted a review, with pictures, of the places on the trip, on one of the BBQ websites I frequent. If anyone is interested:
http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=61778&postdays=0&p os torder=asc&start=20


I'd put Corky's over Central too. I really liked the way Corky's does their ribs.

Here in L.A, we got a pretty good BBQ joint down in the SF Valley called Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas BBQ. I can't really put it up in the rare air of places like those in Memphis, but they do have a rockin brisket and good beef ribs. Good sides too, especially the baked beans.
 
2013-03-09 11:25:09 AM  

3StratMan: The best BBQ in my area of Michigan...
[i697.photobucket.com image 640x473]


[i697.photobucket.com image 850x627]

[i697.photobucket.com image 850x478]
Been told by many that my bones kick the snot of of Slow's.


You seem a bit obsessive about your BBQ. I bet it's actually good, but WTF is macaroni doing on that plate?
 
2013-03-09 11:29:37 AM  
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Step Three:

www.couponcloset.net

Class dismissed.
 
2013-03-09 11:31:56 AM  
Joel's BBQ in Flatonia, TX (on I-10 halfway between Houston and San Antonio) is the absolute best! Trust me and try it
 
2013-03-09 11:35:00 AM  

GoodOmens: Central BBQ for Ribs in Memphis and Interstate BBQ for pulled pork sandwitches and BBQ spagetti.

/Rendezvous is for tourist
//Although still delicious


Central wasn't that good when we hit it on our BBQ tour. Maybe they had an off day or something.
 
2013-03-09 11:37:58 AM  

3StratMan: Coach_J: There is no better evidence of the complete and utter shiatty BBQ quality in Michigan than the people who lose their collective minds for Slows in Detroit.

Put that place in Memphis, KC or Texas and its doors are shuttered in a week. In Detroit, it has legendary status.

X10. Haven't been able to find a place in SE Michigan yet that has better that average BBQ. Sheena Barnes in Sumpter and Randy's in the Irish Hills are supposed to be really good. Need to venture out there one of theses days.


Noble Pig is a new place in Grosse Pointe that's not bad. The first couple of months the consistency was lacking...but he's seemed to fix it.

My favorite is Lazybones on Groesbeck, just North of 696.

Little hole in the wall with 3-4 tables and pit out back. Best SE Michigan BBQ I've ever had.
 
2013-03-09 11:38:41 AM  
anywhere that doesnt have natural hardwood trees will not have bbq worth sniffing. Oak, pecan, etc need to be in abundance or the price of importing it outpaces the market of bbq. Thats why you only see the real bbq places in states mostly in the south.
 
2013-03-09 11:41:11 AM  

Clemkadidlefark: [farm4.staticflickr.com image 75x75]

My own homemade smoker. My own Angus, and my own wild hogs. Don't need to go to a restaurant. Use applewood, make my own rub ... sauce is for covering up badly done meat. Make my own sausage, hang my own hams.


It's all well and good, but some of us don't have time to that.

But, then again, I don't live in the US, so BBQ here translates to 'carne asada'.
 
2013-03-09 11:41:27 AM  
The place is in the middle of nowhere near Waco, TX. I don't remember what it is called but I remember it being an extremely busy place for being in the middle of nowhere. I'm not talking "small town" middle of nowhere, this place is is in a grove of trees surrounded by fields and there's an old house over yonder.
 
2013-03-09 11:42:38 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: 3StratMan: The best BBQ in my area of Michigan...
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Been told by many that my bones kick the snot of of Slow's.

Did you build the big smoker?


Yeah, the big one and the one to the left of it.
 
2013-03-09 11:43:27 AM  
I liked the Hard 8 in Stephenville.

Esther Rose BBQ in Carizzo Springs, TX is pretty good also.
 
2013-03-09 11:46:20 AM  
if we are talking texas, hard eight.

big picture...perry fosters in warrensburg, mo. dank hellish smelling place with the best burnt ends. closed for good (last time i checked)
 
2013-03-09 11:46:59 AM  

TurboCojones: Tulsa


Yup
 
2013-03-09 11:47:30 AM  
Rendezvous Ribs in Memphis. Their rub is dry; your argument is invalid.
 
2013-03-09 12:00:14 PM  

Evil Mackerel: Subby your suppose to fly over Texas , not land there.


Um...wrong part of the country. Geography isn't your strong suit, is it?
 
2013-03-09 12:02:01 PM  
Wobbly Boot's Roadhouse in Osage Beach, Missouri. Go during the winter when it's only locals eating thou. Great KC style BBQ. The best mac n cheese ever
 
2013-03-09 12:03:41 PM  

GoodOmens: Memphis


The Rendezvous wins for atmosphere.   Draft beer in a paper cup with a sausage and cheese plate?  Win.  Also, their BBQ nachos at a Redbrids game are simply great.

Central or Interstate have the best Q, but I still enjoy the Rendezvous.

/NC BBQ is also acceptable
//hushpuppies and brunswick stew
 
2013-03-09 12:04:17 PM  
In texas, sauce is more of a condiment on the table, if you want to put it on your meat.
 
2013-03-09 12:07:51 PM  

unchellmatt: Marine1: unchellmatt: Unfortunately in the Boston area, there's not much to choose from. Blue Ribbon or Red Bones is pretty much the best as far as I know. If, of course, anyone would care to correct me, I would be much obliged.

Just take a Southwest flight to KC and tool around the BBQ joints.


It's something you need to do before you die, anyways, so get it out of the way.

Yeah, I've been down there and had unbelievable ribs, but the visit to Texas ... lets just say that upon my return to the Boston area I never looked at the two places I mentioned with the same affection I had previously. It was an eye opening experience to find out what really really really good BBQ can be. I can't even remember the name of where I went outside Austin TX, but it was essentially a shack with smokers around it, and crowds of people. Within a mile of the place you could smell it. But holy hades, was that that amazing.


Are you speaking of Franklin's ? Salt, pepper and smoke= awesome !
 
2013-03-09 12:14:09 PM  
I'm in Texas, and even *I* know that Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa, Al is the best (ribs only, suckers, but other locations have other meats).

As for Austin- Try hards. Lots of try hards. The article: Full of try hards. Even here in Houston- Goode Co., formerly my #2 in the Nation, is a shadow of it's former self. Pure try hard for the rich people who don't know any better, and fail to travel.

There's a place I stop on the way to Terlingua, every time, on the northern route via I-10 that's excellent. There's a place in Asheville, NC which is equally (but vastly different style) excellent (it's Luella's). There's a place I'm also not telling Texas Farkers between New Braunsfels and Austin that I have to stop at every time I'm up there. It's just too precious a resource to waste.
 
2013-03-09 12:14:18 PM  

cookiefleck: In texas, sauce is more of a condiment on the table, if you want to put it on your meat.


I hate BBQ sauce.  So I tend to stay away from places that put the sauce on the meat.  Why ruin a good piece of meat with some fixed up ketchup.
 
2013-03-09 12:17:42 PM  

Tobin_Lam: The place is in the middle of nowhere near Waco, TX. I don't remember what it is called but I remember it being an extremely busy place for being in the middle of nowhere. I'm not talking "small town" middle of nowhere, this place is is in a grove of trees surrounded by fields and there's an old house over yonder.


Thanks for narrowing down the location. I'll check it out tomorrow.
 
2013-03-09 12:21:20 PM  

pgh9fan: Bareefer Obonghit: pgh9fan: My son says that mine is the best. I say Wilson's Barbecue in Pittsburgh. (He says that's second best.)

/Good kid

Wilson's ribs are shiatful quality and the sauce is basically tobasco, not to mention their awful sides. But there's also no good bbq in Pittsburgh so I guess you're stuck with it.

Their greens are the best and so is their pie. Ribs and chicken slow-roasted over the only wood-fired stove in the city. Service is excellent and so is the food.  Best barbecue around no doubt. Better than what I've eaten in Western North Carolina. (Asheville, Bat Cave, etc,)


You're talking about a shiathole in Manchester like it's good. I'm seriously befuddled. They don't have the only wood fired stove in the city. For farks sake the Pittsburgh bbq company has one and THEY aren't even that great. Western NC? Good god, man, get to some other places. You're entitled to your own opinion but your opinion is like saying Dogs Playing Poker is better than the Mona Lisa; you're just wrong.
 
2013-03-09 12:21:30 PM  
"Fark: This is a perfect excuse for Farkers to discuss their favorite BBQ joints around the world "

As if the average Farker has been to any BBQ joint further than 2 blocks from mom's basement.
 
2013-03-09 12:25:20 PM  
Dickies? Really?

Other Farkers got it right when they said it was the equivalent of the Taco Bell franchise inside Walmart.

A Dickie's pitmaster is the kid who just quit Starbucks because Dickie's was paying 10 cents an hour more.

Over priced as well.
 
2013-03-09 12:25:23 PM  
Whenever we visited family in Oklahoma when I was younger, we'd stop at this little joint on the highway outside Wagoner, OK that had these awesome Texas-style ribs. It was run by a huge black dude with a heavy Louisiana accent who was more than happy to show off his smoker. He told us he stayed open until there were no more ribs every day, then closed up and went fishin', and someday he was just gonna not open up and go fishin' all day, every day.

Sure enough, one year my dad was driving through and the place was closed down. It makes me happy to imagine that dude sitting in a boat somewhere with his fishin' pole set up, with a beer in one hand and a smoked Texas-style rib in the other.
 
2013-03-09 12:30:01 PM  
I recommend Dreamland In Tuscaloosa.  For the sublime ribs and the banana pudding.

There's also a place in Birmingham called Sweet Bone Alabama that has good ribs, if you don't mind the cloyingly cute name.
 
kth
2013-03-09 12:32:30 PM  
I'm a recent convert to Oklahoma Joes. But I believe with the fervor of a convert. My Nana loved Jack Stack, but... meh. I like Bryants' burnt ends, and Gates for many things. I'm pantheistic when it comes to barbecue.

Also, if one likes Memphis style (for a change from KC style), RJ's in Mission is awesome. We used to live a few blocks away and on good nights, you could smell the smoke and hear the music on our deck. Crack, I tell you.

santadog: I'm gonna be in your neck of the woods in a couple of weeks. I shall think of you as I drive by the scooter store several times a day.
 
2013-03-09 12:32:56 PM  
I'll take Loco Coyote in Glen Rose.
 
2013-03-09 12:34:02 PM  
I asked you farkers where I should have went for BBQ while in St Louis, and was told Pappy's. Hands down the best ribs I have ever had. After our first bites, the girlfriend and I looked at each other like the guys in "blow" looked at each other after trying the Columbian cocaine for the first time. Sauce on the side baby.
 
2013-03-09 12:38:40 PM  

Smosh: The ONLY BBQ join I could find in London is Bodean's. Not the absolute best in the world, but pretty damn good for England.

In NY you gotta hit Dinosaur BBQ. I go to Syracuse, but I think they are in Harlem and Rochester as well


Big Easy on King's Road (I think that's Chelsea) is not bad in London.  We were living in Scotland and went to London for something or other and were really hankering for Yank food.  Bonus: it's a short walk from Malcolm McLaren's Sex shop, where the Sex Pistols were formed.

In New York, Dinosaur is okay.  I do think Virgil's just of Times Square ain't bad for, you know, bbq in NYC.
 
2013-03-09 12:44:30 PM  
Rudys in Austin. Order by the pound, eat off of wax paper, and your food tray is a cola crate. And its the best damn brisket and ribs on the planet.
 
2013-03-09 12:56:19 PM  

Ooba Tooba: I asked you farkers where I should have went for BBQ while in St Louis, and was told Pappy's. Hands down the best ribs I have ever had. After our first bites, the girlfriend and I looked at each other like the guys in "blow" looked at each other after trying the Columbian cocaine for the first time. Sauce on the side baby.


Pappy's is some quality stuff. Usually long lines but it's really good. I think I still have some of their sauce in the fridge.
 
2013-03-09 12:57:14 PM  
Anyone care to make a recommendation for Louisville, KY?  Just moved here and I've heard good things about Mark's Feed Store, but haven't tried it yet.  Thanks.
 
2013-03-09 01:01:10 PM  
Ok, why can't I quote anyone anymore? Something askew?
 
2013-03-09 01:02:28 PM  
Coopers in Llano, tx: best pork chop!
Smittys in Lockhart: best Prime rib!
Blacks in Lockhart: best beef ribs!
Salt Lick in Dripping Springs area: really good saucey bbq. whole southern plate style
Meyers in Elgin: Gobble up their jalepeno cheddar Sausage.

That's my central Texas short list.
 
2013-03-09 01:04:48 PM  

vharshyde: Rudys in Austin. Order by the pound, eat off of wax paper, and your food tray is a cola crate. And its the best damn brisket and ribs on the planet.


GO TO FRANKLIN.  It puts Rudy's to shame.  Absolute S H A M E.
 
2013-03-09 01:21:13 PM  
The ribs at Fat Matt's in Atlanta are the best I've ever had. By a mile.
 
2013-03-09 01:21:50 PM  
For a chain, some may bash Sonny's, and I'll jump on the bandwagon with them.... but I'm an Alachua local.  Growing up, Sonny still ran the original place on Waldo road in G'ville.  It was darn good 'que then... but then in the 90s, everything went all corporate and hte sauces changed.  Up until a couple years ago though, Sonny still controlled the one here in Alachua, but they too eventually went corporate.  The meat is still good, the sides all suck now, but they sell it by the pound and I can make my own sauce here at the house.

For the small local place... there was Moses' Cue in G'ville on way east University near Waldo rd.  Best darn BBQ goat you'll ever try... bunch of old black dudes ran the place...
 
Kiz
2013-03-09 01:23:46 PM  
I adore Spring Creek in Benbrook Texas. They slice the meat right in front of you, the sauce is awesome and you get complimentary dinner rolls served as soon as they come out of the oven. Outstanding.
 
2013-03-09 01:23:58 PM  

natgod: The ribs at Fat Matt's in Atlanta are the best I've ever had. By a mile.


Fat Matt's is good, but Pappy's Smokehouse in St. Louis whoops their ass when it comes to ribs.

I went to Franklin's in Austin this past week...waited 1+20 for my brisket and it was worth.every.minute for that succulent goodness.  The espresso BBQ sauce was pretty awesome as well.

When in Dallas, Mike Anderson's is the place to go.
 
2013-03-09 01:31:02 PM  
all these tx farkers, and folks talking about tx bbq, and there are 2 huge omissions:
cousins (ft worth)
north main (euless...all-you-can-eat $15...only open fri-sun)
 
2013-03-09 01:32:39 PM  

3StratMan: Coach_J: There is no better evidence of the complete and utter shiatty BBQ quality in Michigan than the people who lose their collective minds for Slows in Detroit.

Put that place in Memphis, KC or Texas and its doors are shuttered in a week. In Detroit, it has legendary status.

X10. Haven't been able to find a place in SE Michigan yet that has better that average BBQ. Sheena Barnes in Sumpter and Randy's in the Irish Hills are supposed to be really good. Need to venture out there one of theses days.


on a vacation I found this awesome little place, but its all the way up in the leelenau peninsula. The Garage, I think. Awesome pulled pork, some of the best homemade sweet potato chips I've ever had, and then, they surprise you with a very very good garlic aioli sauce to dip the chips in.

That said, can we have the michigan FARK party at your place? We could have a mini cook-off with all that hardware.
 
2013-03-09 01:34:33 PM  

Kiz: I adore Spring Creek in Benbrook Texas. They slice the meat right in front of you, the sauce is awesome and you get complimentary dinner rolls served as soon as they come out of the oven. Outstanding.


spring creek's meat is ok...the sides are the reason to go there

agree that dickies = walmart of bbq

riskies (sp?) is better than spring creek or dickies if you want a chain-type place

also, in the white settlement area try soda springs
 
2013-03-09 01:36:40 PM  

CoolHandLucas: natgod: The ribs at Fat Matt's in Atlanta are the best I've ever had. By a mile.

Fat Matt's is good, but Pappy's Smokehouse in St. Louis whoops their ass when it comes to ribs.

I went to Franklin's in Austin this past week...waited 1+20 for my brisket and it was worth.every.minute for that succulent goodness.  The espresso BBQ sauce was pretty awesome as well.

When in Dallas, Mike Anderson's is the place to go.


I'll be in Austin in a fortnight. I'll give them a shot. Thanks.
 
2013-03-09 01:39:56 PM  

cbuhler: Louie Mueller Barbecue, 206 W. Second St., Taylor.

This is the best in Texas by far.


Agreed.

I lived in Austin for a few years, and always had good BBQ, Salt Lick was my favorite, but there are soooo many there that would be just as good.  I liked the atmosphere of the Salt Lick, and it was a great place to go with friends.

I was a neighbor with the guy that started Famous Dave's in Minnesota, and I never forgave him for not always having sausage on the menu.

I would like to that those people who have listed places in Phoenix Metro, as I was not near anyplace decent.  Honey Bear's is far away, and I am willing to drive.

In Flagstaff, try Satchmo's
 
2013-03-09 01:41:20 PM  

Infobahn: I was a neighbor with the guy that started Famous Dave's in Minnesota, and I never forgave him for not always having sausage on the menu.


For the record, I am not saying Famous Dave's is good BBQ
 
2013-03-09 02:01:41 PM  
I live a block from the BBQ Shop in Memphis. I can smell them cooking every day. It's a wonder I don't weigh 500 pounds.
 
2013-03-09 02:06:18 PM  
Just pulled a brisket off the smoker about an hour ago.  Started it at 3 in the morning.

Cornbread, barracho beans, tater salad, leinenkugels.

Feast and a nap are planned for the rest of the day.
 
2013-03-09 02:06:33 PM  

Infobahn: Infobahn: I was a neighbor with the guy that started Famous Dave's in Minnesota, and I never forgave him for not always having sausage on the menu.

For the record, I am not saying Famous Dave's is good BBQ


If you see him, would you mind telling him Georgia BBQ sauce is NOT mustard based?  First time I walked into Famous Dave's, I saw that and walked out.  It's bad enough that people have to suffer through Minnesota winters, they shouldn't have to eat that crap.
 
2013-03-09 02:17:47 PM  
Best near my hometown in Detroit (sorry, Slow's ... it's close):

3.bp.blogspot.com

Best I've ever had (sorry Texas, I prefer sauce):


www.sharepointcat.com
 
2013-03-09 02:41:23 PM  
Can't we all BBQ lovers just get along?  Yeah, I prefer Memphis rubbed ribs, smoked, with a vinegar/pepper sauce to dip it in.  But you might prefer pulled pork with KC Masterpiece, and you over there might like half a chicken smothered in sweet ketchupy nonsense.  It doesn't matter.  We're all going to the Great Smokepit in the Sky!  The pigs throw themselves on the coals, the chickens pluck themselves.  Sausage grows on trees and the earth itself exudes a sauce that's just exactly the way you like it.  Angels have bouffonts and aprons that say "Smoke Me Big Boy", and they all talk like the women who work in Kansas truck stops on I-35.
 
2013-03-09 02:47:26 PM  
Everyone who said McRib: I live with my mom obvious troll is obvious
 
2013-03-09 02:48:09 PM  

Aquapope: Can't we all BBQ lovers just get along?  Yeah, I prefer Memphis rubbed ribs, smoked, with a vinegar/pepper sauce to dip it in.  But you might prefer pulled pork with KC Masterpiece, and you over there might like half a chicken smothered in sweet ketchupy nonsense.  It doesn't matter.  We're all going to the Great Smokepit in the Sky!  The pigs throw themselves on the coals, the chickens pluck themselves.  Sausage grows on trees and the earth itself exudes a sauce that's just exactly the way you like it.  Angels have bouffonts and aprons that say "Smoke Me Big Boy", and they all talk like the women who work in Kansas truck stops on I-35.


It's, it's........ beautiful!
 
2013-03-09 02:49:17 PM  

Jerry Westerby: Infobahn: Infobahn: I was a neighbor with the guy that started Famous Dave's in Minnesota, and I never forgave him for not always having sausage on the menu.

For the record, I am not saying Famous Dave's is good BBQ

If you see him, would you mind telling him Georgia BBQ sauce is NOT mustard based?  First time I walked into Famous Dave's, I saw that and walked out.  It's bad enough that people have to suffer through Minnesota winters, they shouldn't have to eat that crap.


This. Grew up in Houston, now live in Minnesota and I am SORELY disappointed by people calling Dave's BBQ.
 
2013-03-09 02:56:40 PM  

TheGhostofFarkPast: Happy Hours: No love for Dickey's (in Dallas), Luther's (in Houston), or Stubb's in Austin?

I'm not surprised this list fails.

Dickey's is the walmart of BBQ.

Rudy's BBQ is some fine stuff yet very under appreciated
http://www.rudysbbq.com/page/home


Sorry. Rudy's=Dickey's, except for breakfast, where Rudy's is a class 1 narcotic.
 
2013-03-09 03:07:58 PM  
I once spent a year in Texas... the food was so universally terrible there that i lost 20 pounds.

And i wasnt even fat.
 
2013-03-09 03:18:09 PM  

bob4pres: TheGhostofFarkPast: Happy Hours: No love for Dickey's (in Dallas), Luther's (in Houston), or Stubb's in Austin?

I'm not surprised this list fails.

Dickey's is the walmart of BBQ.

Rudy's BBQ is some fine stuff yet very under appreciated
http://www.rudysbbq.com/page/home

Sorry. Rudy's=Dickey's, except for breakfast, where Rudy's is a class 1 narcotic.


Rudy's = dickey's?  In what daft world do you live in? The quality is vastly different between the two products.
 
2013-03-09 03:44:24 PM  

msupf: 3StratMan: Coach_J: There is no better evidence of the complete and utter shiatty BBQ quality in Michigan than the people who lose their collective minds for Slows in Detroit.

Put that place in Memphis, KC or Texas and its doors are shuttered in a week. In Detroit, it has legendary status.

X10. Haven't been able to find a place in SE Michigan yet that has better that average BBQ. Sheena Barnes in Sumpter and Randy's in the Irish Hills are supposed to be really good. Need to venture out there one of theses days.

on a vacation I found this awesome little place, but its all the way up in the leelenau peninsula. The Garage, I think. Awesome pulled pork, some of the best homemade sweet potato chips I've ever had, and then, they surprise you with a very very good garlic aioli sauce to dip the chips in.

That said, can we have the michigan FARK party at your place? We could have a mini cook-off with all that hardware.


Not a bad idea.
 
2013-03-09 03:57:36 PM  

lesliessexxy: vharshyde: Rudys in Austin. Order by the pound, eat off of wax paper, and your food tray is a cola crate. And its the best damn brisket and ribs on the planet.

GO TO FRANKLIN.  It puts Rudy's to shame.  Absolute S H A M E.


This...and I like Rudy's, but it is far from the best in town.

/lives down the street from The Salt Lick
//Driftwood only kthxbye
 
2013-03-09 03:59:08 PM  
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2013-03-09 04:22:32 PM  

BrokenToilet: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 333x500]


This.
 
2013-03-09 04:37:10 PM  
My 2 cents...(there is NO right answer to this question)

Railhead in Fort Worth followed closely by Angelo's
Rudy's in the original San Antonio location
Sonny Bryan's original location in Dallas
 
2013-03-09 05:10:20 PM  
Not much mentioned about BBQ in California, and for good reason - there just aren't hardly any that are real BBQ or any good. The only one I know of that is outstanding is Central Texan BBQ in Castroville. It is run by a real Texan who knows BBQ. There are many others, some passible, some poor but that is about it. The ones in Northern California I find passible are Sam's, Andy's, Southern Heritage, Uncle Franks, BBQ 152, Back 40 Texas, Trail Dust. There may be others but I have listed only the ones I have tried.

FYI: Santa Maria BBQ is not true BBQ. While excellent it is grilling. Real BBQ involves smoking and cooking for long times at low temperatures.

Forget about the big formula restaurants and franchises such as Famous Daves, and Dickies if you want Real BBQ.

A good BBQ dish should stand up on its own and not need any sauce. Not that sauce is bad but if a meat is terrific without any sauce then it qualifies as great BBQ. If not, keep looking. Great BBQ should not just be based on its condiment sauce (the stuff you pour on it at the table).
 
2013-03-09 05:28:05 PM  
That the only mention of Arthur Bryant's on this thread is that it is toxic waste = thread FAILURE.

The sauce isn't great, but the pork is the tenderest, juciest, tastiest I've ever had.

Other good places:
Salt Lick, Driftwood TX
Rivertowne BBQ, Ozark AR
Mean Pig, Cabot, AR
 
2013-03-09 05:35:06 PM  
I know it's a chain but no love for BoneDaddy's ?
 
2013-03-09 05:35:34 PM  

Tom_Slick: [img.groundspeak.com image 400x300]

For Atlanta Area Farkers, forced to do the Dawsonville Premium Outlets?  Head a half mile further up the road and visit Big D's. In the BP Gas Station on the comer of 400 and 53.

http://www.bigdsbarbeque.com/


That is my fav around here. Any time the GF wants to go shopping at the outlets I am all for it because I know I am going to get a Brownie plate and a slice of pie for the road.
 
2013-03-09 06:31:51 PM  

Archae hippy: Just south of Watkinsville, GA.  Kinda ecumenical, they have vinegar- and tomato-based sauces (I'm not a snob).
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No. I mean, it's okay, but the meat is variable. But you can pretty much draw a 25 mile ring around Athens. If it's inside of the ring, and it's really good, it'll close down. RIP Dixie, Rooster's, etc. I miss Dixie's goat, especially. This is the price we pay for living in the greatest small town in America.

Now, as for barbecue that's REALLY good. As I get older, I will admit that they eat something called barbecue that comes from a cow. I will not be snobby, or judgmental, except to wonder why those people have never heard of a pig.

And speaking of the pig, that pig is best cooked at Purvis BBQ, in Louisville GA, just out of town on the bypass. It is inexpensive. It is open Thursday-Saturday, which is the sign of a fantastic place. It is cooked with sauce. (I do not trust a restaurant that will not commit to a sauce. If you put 4 bottles of sauce on a table, you are declaring that you are unwilling to take a stand on how it's to be dressed. I'll allow doctoring with hot sauce.) It is served with stew (which I like, but isn't the best), slaw, and white bread. Amen.

You could put Purvis sauce on dirt, and I'd eat it.
 
2013-03-09 06:33:11 PM  
I make the best ribs ever.

I use a modified family recipe that started in 1631.

So suck them bones, posers.
 
2013-03-09 06:56:40 PM  
Daulphin Island BBQ. I plan on biking over from Ft. Morgan tomorrow, grabbing some ribs and biking back.
 
2013-03-09 07:03:40 PM  
Anti-cow prejudice aside, Santa Maria BBQ is excellent, and the Salt Lick is really, really, good.
 
2013-03-09 07:07:38 PM  

3StratMan: msupf: 3StratMan: Coach_J: There is no better evidence of the complete and utter shiatty BBQ quality in Michigan than the people who lose their collective minds for Slows in Detroit.

Put that place in Memphis, KC or Texas and its doors are shuttered in a week. In Detroit, it has legendary status.

X10. Haven't been able to find a place in SE Michigan yet that has better that average BBQ. Sheena Barnes in Sumpter and Randy's in the Irish Hills are supposed to be really good. Need to venture out there one of theses days.

on a vacation I found this awesome little place, but its all the way up in the leelenau peninsula. The Garage, I think. Awesome pulled pork, some of the best homemade sweet potato chips I've ever had, and then, they surprise you with a very very good garlic aioli sauce to dip the chips in.

That said, can we have the michigan FARK party at your place? We could have a mini cook-off with all that hardware.

Not a bad idea.




I make a good pork shoulder for pulled pork, and a burger with a poached egg inside of it that people consider awesome once they get over the shock of egg yolk in their burger after the first or second bite.
 
2013-03-09 07:13:56 PM  

russsssman: Coopers in Llano, tx: best pork chop!
Smittys in Lockhart: best Prime rib!
Blacks in Lockhart: best beef ribs!
Salt Lick in Dripping Springs area: really good saucey bbq. whole southern plate style
Meyers in Elgin: Gobble up their jalepeno cheddar Sausage.

That's my central Texas short list.


Hard to argue this list.
 
2013-03-09 07:16:43 PM  
We had a great little family restaurant that made absolutely the best ribs for 50 miles around. They'd serve you a massive platter of ribs, roast chicken and beer-battered fish on an up-turned trash can lid. We had them cater my college graduation party.

It burned to the ground a couple weeks ago.
Doubtful if they'll re-build.
 
2013-03-09 07:57:14 PM  

strangeluck: I've yet to encounter a BBQ joint in Texas I didn't like, but Baker's Ribs in the Weatherford area is awesome on their sides.


Never been to Stubb's?  Horrible!
 
2013-03-09 08:11:45 PM  
www.genuinekentucky.com

Owensboro, KY.  Winner of the BBQ Pitmasters Kentucky edition.  The bomb.
 
2013-03-09 08:17:32 PM  

jimw: Not much mentioned about BBQ in California, and for good reason - there just aren't hardly any that are real BBQ or any good. .....

FYI: Santa Maria BBQ is not true BBQ. While excellent it is grilling. Real BBQ involves smoking and cooking for long times at low temperatures.


Santa Maria is BBQ, but basque style.  Cooked over an open red-oak pit fire, the steaks, beefs ribs, and chicken are some of the best you'll ever eat.  The meat does get a nice smokey flavor from the oak, and it must be red oak to be SM style.  Add sides of pinquito beans, green salad, and toasted garlic bread, wash it down with a great local Pinot (preferably from the Santa Rita Hills appellation), and you'll have some great eating. Santa Maria style also has no rubs or sauce, just salt, pepper, and garlic.

/Tired of the it's not BBQ rantings
 
2013-03-09 08:27:20 PM  
Bone Daddy's House of Smoke
North Dallas

The have nice ribs....

www.prescriptivemusic.com
 
2013-03-09 08:53:56 PM  

acanuck: Bone Daddy's House of Smoke
North Dallas

The have nice ribs....

[www.prescriptivemusic.com image 650x349]


phhht...Gimmick to push meat.
 
2013-03-09 10:57:49 PM  

bmr68: acanuck: Bone Daddy's House of Smoke
North Dallas

The have nice ribs....

[www.prescriptivemusic.com image 650x349]

phhht...Gimmick to push meat.


Breastaurant.  Been to the one in Grapevine.  Food, Meh, the girls hanging out with local Meth dealers.
 
2013-03-10 01:33:12 AM  
farm4.staticflickr.com

Smitty's Lockhart Texas
 
2013-03-10 04:48:02 AM  
"spamuncherFYI: Santa Maria BBQ is not true BBQ. While excellent it is grilling. Real BBQ involves smoking and cooking for long times at low temperatures.

Santa Maria is BBQ, but basque style.  Cooked over an open red-oak pit fire, the steaks, beefs ribs, and chicken are some of the best you'll ever eat.  The meat does get a nice smokey flavor from the oak, and it must be red oak to be SM style.  Add sides of pinquito beans, green salad, and toasted garlic bread, wash it down with a great local Pinot (preferably from the Santa Rita Hills appellation), and you'll have some great eating. Santa Maria style also has no rubs or sauce, just salt, pepper, and garlic."
I sort of stand corrected as basque is not really traditional American style. Nevertheless it is great tasting. The way I do it is to coat a full tri-tip the night before with Santa Maria rub, set my gas grill on high, wait till it is very hot and sear the outside of the tri-tip till it is almost black. Flames are good so long as they do not get out of hand and burn the meat. Then I transfer the meat to a pellet smoker with oak pellets and smoke  at around 220 degrees till done  - around 130 degrees internal. Then I follow the suggestions above and enjoy. If you check out the Santa Maria website they have recipes and sauces for sandwiches and the bean recipe as well. Trust me, pinquito beans are tough to find any place else but Santa Maria. Google 'pinquito beans' for internet sources they sell them by the pound instead of tourist samples at outrageous prices.I also have a rib recipe that uses a rub, cooking sauce and glaze, no tomato products, no vinegar, and takes 2 days to prepare. Once people taste it they beg for more. It can't be entered into a contest due to the prep time. My neighbors ask me to sell it to them. However I will only part with the recipes to a person I highly respect, only when I am ready to die and I will give it away for free.
 
2013-03-10 05:56:23 AM  
This is why it's better to be a member of People Eating Tasty Animals.  You never hear of herbivores talking about the best vegetarian places.
 
2013-03-10 09:19:26 AM  
The only bbq joint I eat at is the one right in my own patio. The food's better, the beer's cheaper, and I love the view.
 
2013-03-10 11:12:48 AM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

Little Rock, AR
 
2013-03-10 11:48:45 AM  

Bareefer Obonghit: pgh9fan: Bareefer Obonghit: pgh9fan: My son says that mine is the best. I say Wilson's Barbecue in Pittsburgh. (He says that's second best.)

/Good kid

Wilson's ribs are shiatful quality and the sauce is basically tobasco, not to mention their awful sides. But there's also no good bbq in Pittsburgh so I guess you're stuck with it.

Their greens are the best and so is their pie. Ribs and chicken slow-roasted over the only wood-fired stove in the city. Service is excellent and so is the food.  Best barbecue around no doubt. Better than what I've eaten in Western North Carolina. (Asheville, Bat Cave, etc,)

You're talking about a shiathole in Manchester like it's good. I'm seriously befuddled. They don't have the only wood fired stove in the city. For farks sake the Pittsburgh bbq company has one and THEY aren't even that great. Western NC? Good god, man, get to some other places.


You're entitled to your own opinion but your opinion is like saying Dogs Playing Poker is better than the Mona Lisa; you're just wrong.

Wait, what?
 
2013-03-10 12:32:47 PM  

jimw: "spamuncherFYI: Santa Maria BBQ is not true BBQ. While excellent it is grilling. Real BBQ involves smoking and cooking for long times at low temperatures.

Santa Maria is BBQ, but basque style.  Cooked over an open red-oak pit fire, the steaks, beefs ribs, and chicken are some of the best you'll ever eat.  The meat does get a nice smokey flavor from the oak, and it must be red oak to be SM style.  Add sides of pinquito beans, green salad, and toasted garlic bread, wash it down with a great local Pinot (preferably from the Santa Rita Hills appellation), and you'll have some great eating. Santa Maria style also has no rubs or sauce, just salt, pepper, and garlic."
I sort of stand corrected as basque is not really traditional American style. Nevertheless it is great tasting. The way I do it is to coat a full tri-tip the night before with Santa Maria rub, set my gas grill on high, wait till it is very hot and sear the outside of the tri-tip till it is almost black. Flames are good so long as they do not get out of hand and burn the meat. Then I transfer the meat to a pellet smoker with oak pellets and smoke  at around 220 degrees till done  - around 130 degrees internal. Then I follow the suggestions above and enjoy. If you check out the Santa Maria website they have recipes and sauces for sandwiches and the bean recipe as well. Trust me, pinquito beans are tough to find any place else but Santa Maria. Google 'pinquito beans' for internet sources they sell them by the pound instead of tourist samples at outrageous prices.I also have a rib recipe that uses a rub, cooking sauce and glaze, no tomato products, no vinegar, and takes 2 days to prepare. Once people taste it they beg for more. It can't be entered into a contest due to the prep time. My neighbors ask me to sell it to them. However I will only part with the recipes to a person I highly respect, only when I am ready to die and I will give it away for free.


http://lompocbeans.com/bean_products.htm  <-- Great source for the pinquito beans.
 
2013-03-10 01:54:54 PM  

EchoMike: dethmagnetic: Oklahoma Joe's is the best barbecue in Kansas City, which makes it the best barbecue in the world. If you disagree, you are wrong.

I'll take a Z-Man from Okie Joe's, but that's about it.  I prefer to spread my loyalty around the city....

Ribs: Fiorella's Jack Stack
Pulled Pork: BB's Lawnside BBQ
Sauce: Gates BBQ
Smoked meat: Smokin' Guns

And the best BBQ I've ever had in Texas came from Dub's, just outside Tyler near I-20.




Lol at jack stack. You've got to be f-ing kidding me. That place is all style, no substance.
 
2013-03-10 01:58:36 PM  

kth: I'm a recent convert to Oklahoma Joes. But I believe with the fervor of a convert. My Nana loved Jack Stack, but... meh. I like Bryants' burnt ends, and Gates for many things. I'm pantheistic when it comes to barbecue.

Also, if one likes Memphis style (for a change from KC style), RJ's in Mission is awesome. We used to live a few blocks away and on good nights, you could smell the smoke and hear the music on our deck. Crack, I tell you.

santadog: I'm gonna be in your neck of the woods in a couple of weeks. I shall think of you as I drive by the scooter store several times a day.




Rjs is awful,
 
2013-03-10 05:10:00 PM  
Loads of exceptional barbecue joints around Texas, so it's hard for me to pick out any "all-time favorites." In central Texas, Rudy's and Salt Lick are always good. Kreuzs Market has some delicious turkey, and Johnny's does some excellent brisket. In San Antonio, the ribs at Rudy's on the Riverwalk were HUGE -- like ribs off a Tyrannosaurus. The Barbecue Station (if it's still open) was pretty good, too.
 
2013-03-11 08:26:56 PM  

giftedmadness: EchoMike: dethmagnetic: Oklahoma Joe's is the best barbecue in Kansas City, which makes it the best barbecue in the world. If you disagree, you are wrong.

I'll take a Z-Man from Okie Joe's, but that's about it.  I prefer to spread my loyalty around the city....

Ribs: Fiorella's Jack Stack
Pulled Pork: BB's Lawnside BBQ
Sauce: Gates BBQ
Smoked meat: Smokin' Guns

And the best BBQ I've ever had in Texas came from Dub's, just outside Tyler near I-20.

Lol at jack stack. You've got to be f-ing kidding me. That place is all style, no substance.


They may O.D. on the "highbrow barbecue restaurant" style, but I have yet to try ribs in K.C. better than theirs.  I'll be happy to check out anyplace you can recommend though.
 
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