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Top Ten | Cities for Barbecue

Top Ten Barbecue Cities

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Barbecue is one of our countries great food traditions.  There are a few distinct regions known for their barbecue, each of which has different style of barbecue. The regions best known for their barbecue are Texas, the Carolinas, Kansas City and Memphis. In addition to these regions there are other cities and regions that have their own delicious variations on barbecue.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
North Carolina Barbecue is primarily pork, served pulled or chopped. The sauce is made with vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt and other variations. Chapel Hill is home to a few great BBQ joints serving traditional Carolina style BBQ.

Kansas City
Kansas City is renowned for its barbecue. This style of barbecue uses all different types and cuts of meat, including pork and beef ribs, brisket, smoked chicken. Kansas City baroque also uses plenty of tangy, tomato-based sauce on the smoked barbecue. Another Kansas City specialty are burnt ends, the ends of meat cut from the brisket.

Lexington, North Carolina
Lexington has its own style of barbecue and the city has a large number of barbecue joints. The style of barbecue most found in Lexington is primarily made from pork shoulder, and the sauce is made with vinegar, salt and pepper, like the BBQ in Chapel Hill, NC. However, Lexington barbecue sauce has an addition of ketchup.

Lockhart, Texas
Texas has many cities with excellent barbecue. Lockhart, Texas is one of the cities widely acknowledged to have some amazing Texas barbecue. Texas BBQ is mostly made with beef, which is smoked slowly, without the addition of rubs and sauces. Lockhart has a few amazing Texas BBQ joints.

Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis is famous for its pork ribs, especially its dry style ribs. These ribs are rubbed with a unique blend of spices, cooked in a smoker until they are tender. Another tradition in the region east of Memphis is whole hog BBQ.

Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, like Memphis, serves amazing barbecue. There are many places to enjoy slow-cooked pork ribs. Each BBQ joint has its own unique sauce, and style of cooking BBQ, and there are many delicious styles to enjoy throughout the city.

New York City, New York
New York City is a great barbecue city. All different types of barbecue, from traditional types of BBQ from around the country to all types of variations on BBQ, New York has it all.  This city has some amazing restaurants, where you can get pork, beef, dry rubs sauce and any other type of barbecue out there.

Owensboro, Kentucky
This city has a unique barbecue style, and is one of the few places where smoked mutton is a barbecue tradition. Owensboro also hosts the International Bar-B-Q Festival, where people come to try a variety of different types of barbecued meats, including mutton and more.

St. Louis, Missouri
This city makes fantastic pork ribs and steak. St. Louis is a great spot to get some grilled pork spark ribs coated in sweet and spicy tomato-based BBQ sauce. Another St. Louis specialty are Snoots. Snoots are crispy, cooked pig snots.

Santa Maria, California
Santa Maria is called the "BBQ Capital of California." The barbecue in Santa Maria is generally seasoned grilled tri-tip steak. In Santa Maria, the cut of beef, usually tri-tip steak is rubbed with spices and grilled over wood.




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