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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

Atlanta (Inside the Perimeter)

Atlanta (Outside the Perimeter)



Birmingham, AL




Dallas / Fort Worth



Kansas City

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

Miami / South Florida

Maryland Suburbs (D.C.)


Napa / Sonoma, CA

New Orleans

New York

Northern New Jersey

Orange County, CA


Phoenix / Scottsdale

San Antonio

San Diego, CA

San Francisco / Bay Area

San Jose, CA


St. Louis

Virginia Suburbs (D.C.)

Washington, D.C.

Top 10 Barbecue Restaurants
Across the U.S.

Find the best BBQ in America with GAYOT's top 10 list

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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