Best Barbecue Spots Across the U.S.

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Talk about barbecue and you’ll find there are many different styles depending on the part of the country where the meats are smoked and prepared. There are also a wide variety of sauces from vinegar based to mustard based and everything in between. While this write-up isn’t the result of a poll, it does pinpoint some places that have a reputation for serving up some of the best barbecue around.

12 Bones

Down in the River Arts District in Asheville, N.C., 12 Bones has gained quite a reputation among BBQ lovers. Even President Barack Obama has become a fan, visiting the eatery during several trips to Asheville. The River District location serves up lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The south Asheville location is open during the same hours Tuesday through Saturday, but they also have take-out service from 4 to 6 p.m. The menu features pulled pork an chicken, chopped beef brisket, and sides like jalapeno cheese grits, sweet vinegar cole slaw, collard greens and corn pudding.

Corky’s Ribs & BBQ 

All the meats served up at Corky’s in Memphis, Tennessee are slow cooked over hickory and charcoal. The result—crowds of repeat visitors and claim to fame through a variety of awards including Voted #1 BBQ in Memphis Magazine by readers for 24 straight years, Voted #1 BBQ Sauce by Southern Living Magazine readers for four straight years and Best of BBQ Award from the Food Network.

The Original Ridgewood Barbecue

Located in Bluff City, Tennessee, Ridgewood Barbecue has become a tradition for folks heading to Bristol to see the races, but they get plenty of local action as well. The eatery serves up true smoked Barbecue with some of the best sauce around. It’s open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Luling City Market

The meat is cooked over Post Oak wood at Luling City Market in Houston creating a distinctive flavor that pushes this eatery to the top of the favorites list for many in Texas who seek exceptional barbecue. They also make their own 100% beef sausage and acraft a tangy mustard based sauce that’s shipped all over the world. It’s called the Luling City Market Bar-B-Que Sauce.