Guide to barbecue styles across America

If you define “barbecue” as meat that’s been smoked over wood or charcoal, you’ll discover that there’s literally an entire world of barbecue out there. Even if you have only a passing interest in grilled foods, you probably know a few of barbecue’s fundamental regional differences. You most likely know that in Texas it’s all about the brisket, for example, and that Memphis is a rib town.

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But the deeper you dive into the United States of Barbecue, the more you discover that there are countless regional variations, some defined by nothing more than a town’s borders and a way of saucing chopped pork. So while you’re preparing your grill for summer barbecues, try experimenting with these 14 different styles of barbecue.