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.
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.