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Best Barbecue Restaurants

A 1,700-pound smoker cooks up pork back ribs at Charcoal BBQ, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Barbecue Restaurants in Los Angeles


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. Whatever your pleasure, try one of these top barbecue restaurants in a city near you.

Top 10 Barbecue Restaurants

Atlanta

Austin

Chicago

Kansas City

Los Angeles

New York

Orange County, CA

San Francisco / Bay Area



More of the Best Barbecue Restaurants

Alabama

Albuquerque

Anchorage

Atlanta

Austin

Baltimore

Boston

Buffalo

Central Coast, CA

Charlotte

Chicago

Cincinnati

Columbus

Dallas / Fort Worth

Delaware

Denver

Detroit

Hartford, CT

Hawaii

Houston

Indianapolis

Kansas City

Las Vegas

Little Rock

Los Angeles

Louisville

Maine

Maryland Suburbs (D.C.)

Memphis

Miami / South Florida

Milwaukee

Mississippi

Monterey / Carmel, CA

Montreal, Canada

Napa / Sonoma, CA

Nashville

New Hampshire

New Orleans

New York

Northern New Jersey

Oklahoma City

Orange County, CA

Orlando

Philadelphia

Phoenix / Scottsdale

Portland, OR

Raleigh / Durham

Sacramento, CA

Salt Lake City

San Antonio

San Diego, CA

San Francisco / Bay Area

San Jose, CA

Santa Barbara, CA

Seattle

South Carolina

St. Louis

Tampa Bay

Tulsa

Twin Cities

Vancouver, Canada

Ventura County, CA

Virginia Suburbs (D.C.)

Washington, D.C.

Wyoming




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

Top 10 Barbecue Restaurants in the U.S.

For the best of the best, try one of the smokin' spots on GAYOT's list of the Top 10 Barbecue Restaurants in the U.S.

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