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(Deslidefied)   Here are the 50 best BBQ joints in America. Do you have a favorite place to eat it? Any places you would recommend?   ( deslide.clusterfake.net) divider line
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2017-11-04 12:38:57 AM  
I think I spotted a problem here.

FTFA
For an exotic BBQ fusion food experience
 
2017-11-04 12:42:22 AM  
I think you mean 57, subby.
 
2017-11-04 12:42:36 AM  
Black's, Bogarts and Cattleack down in the 20"s?

Bogus list.
 
2017-11-04 12:43:39 AM  
And for the record, the best BBQ in the country is in a small road side stand just north of Edenton, NC.
 
2017-11-04 12:44:41 AM  
This lists are always stupid.
Go to the place that won one in 1974...84..etc etc.
 
2017-11-04 12:45:27 AM  
I have been to several of these, all are I have been to are great.  But didn't know they were making national lists.  That is going to make the lines long at the locals....damn.
 
2017-11-04 12:50:27 AM  
There's this food truck in Lake Placid that is called Smokin' Crackers.
I don't know about the ribs, but the name's a winner
 
2017-11-04 12:52:39 AM  
Stopped at Eli's in Cincinnatti last fall (they were currently rated the #1 BBQ place on Yelp at the time). I think they got most of that rating for the "experience" factor. The q was alright but certainly not outstanding and the parking/ordering/seating really crapped on wanting to make that place an experience.
 
2017-11-04 12:53:05 AM  
Wow, I've been to 8 of the joints listed.

 Of all the BBQ places I've been (listed and unlisted), The Shed is probably my favorite.

 And if you're in Cincinnati, Walt's is better than The Buttshack, which is better than Eli's.
 
2017-11-04 01:07:47 AM  
I judge a barbecue joint by two things: brisket and chicken.

We've got three places in my town that do barbecue, but the only one that does chicken worth a damn is--don't shoot me--Famous Dave's.

I don't know what our local place does, but they do the chicken right.  Too bad their brisket has all the moisture of shoe leather.
 
2017-11-04 01:22:21 AM  
Theres this little local place callef Applebee's, they have amazing ribs and this bourban street bqq sauce chicken with a bbq shrimp right on top, I kid you not. First time I ordered it I thought it done fell off someone else's plate and got lucky, by the fourth time I started thinking they came that way, and wouldn't you know I was right, there's a picture of it right in the menu.
 
2017-11-04 01:23:13 AM  
My recommendation
Sweet Lucy's Smokehouse Philadelphia PA

I've had Mighty Quinn's BBQ from the list and was thoroughly unimpressed
 
2017-11-04 01:27:29 AM  

tjsands1118: Theres this little local place callef Applebee's, they have amazing ribs and this bourban street bqq sauce chicken with a bbq shrimp right on top, I kid you not. First time I ordered it I thought it done fell off someone else's plate and got lucky, by the fourth time I started thinking they came that way, and wouldn't you know I was right, there's a picture of it right in the menu.

 I thought the Applebee's ribs were pretty good; tender and fell off the bone.  We go to the rib cookoff in Sparks/Reno every year and Applebee's are almost as good, just a little too sweet.
\yes, I'm old, why do you ask?
 
2017-11-04 01:46:54 AM  
Kreuz Market
 
2017-11-04 03:18:47 AM  
Huh... I've actually driven past one of those places a couple hundred times without even knowing it was there. Unfortunately, the reason I've driven past it is because it's over near where a friend lives who went vegetarian on me.
 
2017-11-04 03:19:56 AM  
Shockingly none of them are in Oregon.
 
2017-11-04 04:35:44 AM  
Best BBQ I've had outside of the Carolinas was in Chicago, at a blues club called Kingston Mines.

The music doesn't even start until midnight.  They start serving food at 10pm, IIRC, and it was some of the best damn pork ribs I've ever had.  I had people chuckling at me, a white boy with a rib in his face, jamming out to some awesome blues.  And I did not. farking. care.

Texas blues and KC BBQ, in a Chicago nightclub, in the middle of the night during a farking freezing winter weekend between Xmas and New Years.

Also, list fails without at least one example of SC mustard based BBQ.  The legendary example is Maurice's Piggy Park.  That man's politics is shiat but he can sauce some damn ribs.
 
2017-11-04 05:10:16 AM  
Oh jeez,  not this shiat again. When will people stop falling for these lists.

/live in a place with no good bbq.
//except Korean.
///with delicious banchan.
 
2017-11-04 06:22:44 AM  

PainInTheASP: I judge a barbecue joint by two things: brisket and chicken.

We've got three places in my town that do barbecue, but the only one that does chicken worth a damn is--don't shoot me--Famous Dave's.

I don't know what our local place does, but they do the chicken right.  Too bad their brisket has all the moisture of shoe leather.


I like Famous Dave's. In Raleigh, NC, a place called "The Pit."
 
2017-11-04 06:48:42 AM  
Yay, there's a place I've been to on that list!  Visited the Heirloom Market on a trip to Atlanta and it was lovely.

/as a northerner, it is my firm belief that any trip to the American South that does not include at least one stop for bbq is a trip wasted
 
2017-11-04 06:51:19 AM  
There used to be a spot on the side of 17 nearish the border of Stafford and Fauquier where a whole family would do legit BBQ. More of a "tent and shed" operation than a "joint" if you take the meaning. The tenderest, tastiest pulled pork I ever had. I don't think they do that anymore there though.
 
2017-11-04 06:59:07 AM  

bughunter: Also, list fails without at least one example of SC mustard based BBQ.  The legendary example is Maurice's Piggy Park.  That man's politics is shiat but he can sauce some damn ribs.


Henry's (listed in the article) has mustard based and its better than Maurice's. My homie worked there for many years and I've eaten a ton of Henry's.

That said, not including Scott's in Hemingway is blasphemy. It's probably the best whole hog BBQ on the planet. He's got accolades from Bourdain, Sean Brock, and about every BBQ TV show ever.
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2017-11-04 07:05:11 AM  
Not one in Michigan? I figured Slows or Hotel Hickman would make the cut.
 
2017-11-04 07:20:46 AM  

Wanebo: I think I spotted a problem here.

FTFA
For an exotic BBQ fusion food experience


This is a terrible attitude.  I don't have anything else to say.
 
2017-11-04 08:36:16 AM  

bughunter: Best BBQ I've had outside of the Carolinas was in Chicago, at a blues club called Kingston Mines.

The music doesn't even start until midnight.  They start serving food at 10pm, IIRC, and it was some of the best damn pork ribs I've ever had.  I had people chuckling at me, a white boy with a rib in his face, jamming out to some awesome blues.  And I did not. farking. care.

Texas blues and KC BBQ, in a Chicago nightclub, in the middle of the night during a farking freezing winter weekend between Xmas and New Years.

Also, list fails without at least one example of SC mustard based BBQ.  The legendary example is Maurice's Piggy Park.  That man's politics is shiat but he can sauce some damn ribs.


Yep, I refer to it as "racist barbecue" and I still get it, becaue it's good eating. I've seen plenty of black folks lined up to get it too. Because good food trumps anything else.

Lately I've preferd the brisket though.
 
2017-11-04 08:56:19 AM  
And now I want bbq.
 
2017-11-04 09:15:08 AM  
12 Bones Asheville NC needs to be represented. Good stuff.
 
2017-11-04 09:23:21 AM  

Fat Old Broad: And now I want bbq.


Same here.
 
2017-11-04 09:30:40 AM  

kdawg7736: Fat Old Broad: And now I want bbq.

Same here.


The "best" BBQ is the one you are at right now.
 
2017-11-04 09:33:56 AM  
I don't understand.  Why aren't all 50 in Kansas City?
 
2017-11-04 09:34:02 AM  
Lil' Porgy's on the west side of Champaign, IL was one of my favorites when I was going to UIUC back in the mid-80s, and when I visited recently, I found it was still in business and as good as ever. It is basically South Side Chicago-style, which to me resembles a hybrid of Kansas City and East Texas, maybe with a touch of Memphis.

As far as Champaign goes, the six-block stretch of Green Street through Campustown is practically unrecognizable to me these days. Only two of the old hangouts - Murphy's Pub and Zorba's - are still there and in their original locations, and Zorba's had to rebuild after a fire in a neighboring building spread to theirs. I'd have to assume the only reason they're still around is that they own their real estate; a couple of other places (La Bamba and Garcia's Pizza) have moved out to the west side, presumably due to rising rents.
 
2017-11-04 09:34:04 AM  

BalugaJoe: Kreuz Market


Elgin style sausage is so good.
 
2017-11-04 09:39:02 AM  

Mentat: I don't understand.  Why aren't all 50 in Kansas City?


I could say the same about the area around Austin and Houston.  If you look at a map and draw a circle around that area, you will find some of the best que you've ever put in your face hole, and a lot of those places are a guy on the side of the road selling bbq out of a trailer.
 
2017-11-04 09:44:51 AM  

Mentat: I don't understand.  Why aren't all 50 in Kansas City?


Joe's Kansas City in Olathe is really good.
 
2017-11-04 09:49:59 AM  

Mentat: I don't understand.  Why aren't all 50 in Kansas City?


Because KC barbeque has too much salt in it, and is inferior to Memphis barbeque.
 
2017-11-04 09:52:49 AM  

Fat Old Broad: and a lot of those places are a guy on the side of the road selling bbq out of a trailer.


Funny thing about 'que (and Chicagoland stalwarts like Italian beef sandwiches, hot dogs, and Polish sausage, and Mexican food for that matter), is that the best food is mostly found at the no-frills places.

Another BBQ joint to add: Exsenator's BBQ in Markham, IL. As a pasty white guy I'm a bit out-of-place there, and it's take-out only, but damn, it's good.
 
2017-11-04 09:56:25 AM  
List fails without Arthur Bryant's, obviously.

/Went on a road trip and the day we were gonna hit up Gates was Sunday. Of course they were closed.
 
2017-11-04 10:05:44 AM  
The Dunedin Smokehouse - Dunedin, Florida.
http://www.thedunedinsmokehouse.com/
 
2017-11-04 10:13:47 AM  
What?  No Adam's Ribs in Chicago?
 
2017-11-04 10:35:11 AM  

SleepyWeasel: What?  No Adam's Ribs in Chicago?


Don't forget the slaw...
 
2017-11-04 10:38:24 AM  
There are a surprising number of good BBQ places in Lexington, Ky. 2. This is a fairly recent development. Bradford and the small chain Edley's. I think Edley's is based in Nashville. There is also a restaurant that from time to time serves the best smoked chicken on the planet. Winchell's. For some reason, its smoked chicken is not on the menu all the time. Winchell's (I don't think) other smoked meats aren't quite as good.

Our son swears by the pulled pork that is sold out of some guy's house in North Ft. Myers, Florida. It's not a restaurant. Not even a food truck. So, it doesn't have a name. You'd have to find 20somethings or 30somethings and ask about it.

The most distinctive BBQ in the country is sold in Western Ky. Particularly centered around Owensboro. BBQ mutton. Scoff and it's your loss. There are a couple of high profile (for Owensboro) eateries but I first experienced it (1965) served out of stock pots from behind the bar in, well, roadside dives. We were the guests of the sheriff -- actual guests, not a euphemism for prisoner -- who was taking us shooting. At that age, any food not from my mother that wasn't a grilled cheese was viewed with apprehension that bordered on fear. The sheriff got us a couple of pints for the afternoon and I loved it. But that's been over 50 years ago. The art may have declined.
 
2017-11-04 10:42:17 AM  

Fat Old Broad: Mentat: I don't understand.  Why aren't all 50 in Kansas City?

I could say the same about the area around Austin and Houston.


You could say that.  You would be wrong, but you could still say it.
 
2017-11-04 10:46:57 AM  
If you ever get a chance. I know it's Northern CA but read the guys background.

http://hogwildbar-b-que.com/
 
2017-11-04 10:56:16 AM  
List is missing The Pit in Raleigh, NC. That place is phenomenal.
 
2017-11-04 12:17:31 PM  
Last time we were in New Orleans we lunched at The Joint.  Due to a rush, my wife got the next to last order of ribs available for at least an hour while more were cooked.  My daughter got the last order of chicken.  While we were eating we saw at least 6 or 7 groups of people come in and discover that they were out of ribs and chicken and walk out because they didn't want to wait.

There was also some Travel Channel program filming at the time.
 
2017-11-04 12:24:14 PM  
Is that place (I was there in the 1990s) in Rochester, MN still there?  Adequate BBQ with the most amazing sauce I've ever had (they had staff wearing/selling T-shirts saying thigns like "hit the sauce", "it's the sauce").  Last time I googled there were two possibilities, which is not a good sign unless one stole the other's recipe.
 
2017-11-04 12:25:34 PM  
No mention of Lockharts Smokehouse in Dallas? Also, I have been to the Salt Lick and was very unimpressed.
 
2017-11-04 12:31:15 PM  
Just give me a pressure cooker and a Boston butt, and I'll pull some damn good pork all on my own.
 
2017-11-04 01:23:57 PM  

mikemoto: No mention of Lockharts Smokehouse in Dallas? Also, I have been to the Salt Lick and was very unimpressed.


Salt Lick is the only one on the list I've been to. I'm not terribly familiar with central Texas BBQ, but I thought it was good. The pork ribs were tasty.
 
2017-11-04 01:25:31 PM  

Sid_6.7: mikemoto: No mention of Lockharts Smokehouse in Dallas? Also, I have been to the Salt Lick and was very unimpressed.

Salt Lick is the only one on the list I've been to. I'm not terribly familiar with central Texas BBQ, but I thought it was good. The pork ribs were tasty.


To be fair I ate at the Tound Rock location and not the Driftwood one so that might have something to with it.
 
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