America's Best Barbecue
Love barbecue food? Crave pulled pork and sweet n' sassy sauces on the daily? If so, you must check out these five cities to experience the best barbecue food of your life.
Nothing says summer quite like barbecue food. Are we right or are we right? Something about the grill going, the smoke rising and the smell of ribs slow-cooking all day long just brings a smile to our faces. Summer also marks warm weather and vacation season. We thought, why not combine our love of travel, barbecue food and warm weather — and venture off to find America's best barbecue. We have narrowed it down to five cities, and we’re certain they won't disappoint.
When thinking barbecue, Memphis is the first city that comes to mind — and there's a reason for it. Memphis is known for delicious, juicy and tender pork but will serve chicken and other meats, too. Each type of meat is slow-cooked and delicately seasoned, creating a one-of-a-kind dish that's hard to duplicate.
Atlanta doesn't specialize in a specific type of BBQ — they serve it all. Making it one of the best all-around barbecue cities in the country. This September is their fifth annual Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival and cook-off, where you can taste some of the country’s best barbecue and learn secrets from the pros.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Eastern-style North Carolina barbecue, like that of Raleigh's, is all about slow cooking the meat at incredibly low temperatures. This technique, plus the use of vinegar-based marinades, makes for a slice of meat that's never dry. Typically, this style of barbecue is served with coleslaw and a large glass of sweet iced tea.
St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis is known for heavy sauces — perfect for those who crave the sauce more than the meat (um, guilty!). Though they grill everything, the most unique item is crispy snoots, or pig's nostrils. They're cooked until crispy and served either as an appetizer or on top of your favorite sandwich, with a flavor similar to that of pork rinds.
Though you can find good barbecue throughout the entire state of Texas, we narrowed our top picks down to Austin. Austin is all about simplicity — taking you back to good ole fashioned barbecue that’s not slathered with rich, heavy sauces. We love that you can actually taste the quality and distinct flavors of each and every piece of meat.
Heading to Texas? Check out this insider's guide to Austin >>
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