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Best Barbecue Restaurants

Find the best BBQ near you with GAYOT's lists


The term "barbecue" changes in meaning from one part of the country to another. From Texas to Kansas City and across the Southeast, barbecue means well-seasoned meat, usually pork, cooked "low and slow" over wood. Rib meat should be tender but provide just a bit of resistance to the bite and should not be flabby or mushy.

Memphis barbecue is especially known for its rubs, which come wet or dry. Texas prefers beef for barbecue. And California offers Santa Maria style barbecue, a complete feast centered around tri-tip, a beef cut, cooked over mesquite. Sauces and sides vary widely, too, from tomato based to vinegar and pepper in North Carolina and mustard in South Carolina.

Top BBQ Restaurants Near You

Albuquerque, NM

Atlanta (Inside the Perimeter)

Atlanta (Outside the Perimeter)

Austin

Baltimore

Birmingham, AL

Boston

California's Central Coast
Charleston

Chicago

Dallas / Fort Worth

Detroit

Durham, NC

Hawaii

Houston

Indianapolis

Kansas City

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

Louisville, KY

Miami / South Florida

Maryland Suburbs (D.C.)

Memphis

Minneapolis

Montréal, Canada

Napa / Sonoma, CA

Nashville

New Orleans

New York

Northern New Jersey

Orange County, CA

Orlando

Philadelphia

Phoenix / Scottsdale

Portland, OR

Raleigh, NC

San Antonio

San Diego, CA

San Francisco / Bay Area

San Jose, CA

Santa Barbara

Seattle

St. Louis

Ventura County, CA

Virginia Suburbs (D.C.)

Washington, D.C.




Top 10 Barbecue Restaurants
Across the U.S.


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For the best of the best, try one of the smokin' spots on GAYOT's Best Barbecue Restaurants in the U.S.


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