America's best BBQ cities
Pappy's Smokehouse (Photo: uberculture/Flickr)
That brings us to another point: There are few topics more incendiary than barbeque—politics and pizza being two of them. We tried to list the standout cities, but keep in mind that some of the best barbeque joints are the ones you find in postage stamp-size towns while on road trips. With that said, here are the seven best cities for barbeque.
7. St. Louis, MO
Although good 'ole Saint Louie is home to several dozen barbeque joints, this is a bit of a wild card on this list. That's because many of the restaurants specialize in grilling rather than the distinct art of barbequing (cooking the meat with indirect heat and smoke). But the happy patrons of St. Louis-style barbeque don't discriminate, so we won't, either. By the way, those in STL like their barbeque heavily sauced. So if you're visiting one of the Gateway City's many barbeque spots, we don't recommend wearing white clothing.
Where to Try? Right now, TripAdvisor users say Pappy's Smokehouse isn't just the best barbeque joint, but also the best restaurant in all of St. Louis. Roper's Ribs comes in as a close second.
Jack's Bar-B-Que (Photo: Eazylanish/Flickr)
When you think of Tennessee and barbeque, Memphis is the city that comes to mind, not Nashville. But just stop and think for a second: Why else would country music stars stick around if it weren't for some top-notch pulled pork? Music City does have one problem: There's no unified barbeque style here. Still, we think the variety is an asset. At Jack's downtown, you can enjoy everything from smoked Boston turkey to Texas beef brisket, while Hog Heaven serves up a "Kickin' Chicken" white barbeque sauce. By the way, do you think the latter restaurant is so-named because the hogs are enjoying the afterlife or because their flavor is so celestial to the restaurant's patrons?