10. The Salt Lick (Driftwood, Texas)
The roots of The Salt Lick run back to Mississippi in the mid-1800s. As Texas Monthly touts: “In Texas, two things rate on the same scale as religion. One is football: the other is barbecue…(and) The Salt Lick comes close to heaven.” This place is definitely on our barbecue joints wish list!
9. Firefly’s (Marlborough, Massachusetts)
Walk into one of their restaurants and, in addition to receiving a warm welcome with Southern-style hospitality, you’ll be greeted by the mouthwatering aromas of authentic American bar-b-que.
8. Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que (Williamsburg, Virginia)
Their sauce’s secret family recipe goes back some 80 years. A classic joint serving up pulled chicken and pork, ribs, hush puppies, collards, corn bread, onion rings, and all your favorite sides.
7. Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ & Catering (Kansas City, Kansas)
A five-star joint situated in the back of a gas station, with top reviews for Carolina pulled pork, homemade fries, and burnt ends. Low on atmosphere but high on taste. Zagat has rated Oklahoma Joe’s as Kansas City’s best barbecue.
6. Tennessee Red’s (Portland, Oregon)
Tennessee Red’s introduces traditional Southern flavors to the Northeast with authentic barbecue specialties. The menu features delectable brisket, ribs and chicken, smoked to perfection and brushed with signature homemade sauces.
5. Arthur Bryant’s (Kansas City, Missouri)
This BBQ legend was founded in the early 1920’s, by Charlie Bryant, Arthur’s older brother. When Charlie died, Arthur took over and moved the BBQ restaurant to 18th and Brooklyn, just four blocks away from Municipal stadium, the home of the Kansas City Blues, followed by the Kansas City Athletics. Municipal Stadium was also the first home of the Kansas City Chiefs.
4. Jim Neely’s Interstate Barbecue (Memphis, Tennessee)
A staple for just about every top barbecue joint list; Jim Neely’s Interstate Barbecue has everything from Bar-B-Q Salad with your choice of pork, beef or turkey, slabs of pork or beef BBQ ribs, sandwiches, sausages, and even a Bar-B-Q spaghetti dinner.
3. Virgil’s Real Barbecue (New York, New York & Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas)
In the spring of 1993, Artie Cutler’s restaurant empire was booming. After the tremendous success of Carmine’s Italian Family Style locations in Times Square and on the Upper West Side, Artie wanted to add a new concept to the mix. He wanted to open an authentic barbecue restaurant in the heart of Times Square. Artie sampled copious amounts of the best barbecue across Tennessee, Kentucky, the Carolinas, Missouri, and Texas, building a BBQ portfolio that would become the fundamental components of Virgil’s menu.
2. Skylight Inn (Ayden, North Carolina)
At Skylight Inn you can order only two things: a pulled pork sandwich topped with coleslaw or a pulled pork dish with corn bread and coleslaw. Whole pigs are slow-roasted over oak fires in open-air pits.
1. Corky’s Ribs & BBQ (Memphis, Tennessee)
As their website states: “All Corky’s meats are SLOW COOKED over hickory wood and charcoal. As we say…cookin’ the old fashion way! Each slab of ribs is trimmed out to our very tight specifications, and every pork shoulder is HAND PULLED …NO AUTOMATION!” Corky’s has been a barbecue institution in Memphis for over 29 years.