The Best BBQ Joint in Every State
Pack some wet-naps and hit the road for a state-by-state tour of the best BBQ this country has to offer.
Alabama: Saw’s BBQ, Homewood and Birmingham
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This hole-in-the-wall barbecue joint makes some of the most delicious ribs and pulled meat in the country. While their pork products have made them popular, their pulled chicken with white sauce is not to be missed. Be prepared to wait in line! Not in the mood for BBQ? Go out for the one food you have to try from every state instead.
Alaska: Black Jaxx BBQ, Soldotna
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Though this restaurant is only open from April to September (the owners, perhaps wisely, spend the harsher months in Oklahoma), Alaskans know they’ll find amazing Southern-style barbecue here. They offer the typical fare as well as smoked bologna and stellar baked beans.
Arizona: Little Miss BBQ, Phoenix
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This is another small but superb place serving barbecue in the style of Central Texas, and you’ll want to get there early for their masterful pulled pork, buttery brisket, and smoked turkey. Don’t forget dessert—the smoked pecan pie is unique and delicious!
Arkansas: Jones Bar-B-Q Diner, Marianna
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James Beard awards aren’t handed out willy-nilly, so the fact that this diner earned one back in 2012 says a lot about its quality. Their famous pork sandwiches are dressed with a tangy vinegar-based sauce, and a light, mustardy slaw can be added as the perfect accompaniment.
California: Copper Top BBQ, Big Pine
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This tiny establishment was named America’s Best Restaurant by Yelpers in 2015, and that many peer reviewers can’t be wrong! Things have only gotten better since then; tri-tip is the star of Copper Top’s show, and they’ve mastered ribs, pulled pork, and chicken, too.
Colorado: GQue BBQ, Westminster
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Only open since late 2015, the cleverly named GQue BBQ has already garnered a lot of attention and numerous awards. They take pride in their carefully sourced hickory-smoked fare, which includes everything from wings to brisket to jalapeno cheddar sausage. Rather not leave Denver? Try heading to Colorado’s selection from our list of the most iconic diners in every state.
Connecticut: Hoodoo Brown BBQ, Ridgefield
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Named for the leader of the notorious Dodge City Gang of Las Vegas in the late 1800s, this restaurant serves a mixture of various barbecue styles from around the country (appropriately dubbed “outlaw barbecue”). Their pork belly is next to none, with crispy skin and a rich, juicy bite.
Delaware: Fat Daddy’s BBQ, Georgetown
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You’ll find this place not far from Delaware Tech, and their spicy barbecue, outstanding brisket and unique corn pone (basically unleavened cornbread) appeal to college kids and mature adults alike. Portions are generous, and the price is right.
Florida: Shiver’s Bar-B-Q, Homestead
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Owned and operated by the same family for more than 60 years, it’s no surprise the barbecued offerings at this restaurant are excellent. In addition to great food, you’ll also experience wonderful hospitality. For something different, try the fluffy and fantastic cornbread souffle.
Georgia: Fox Bros Bar-B-Q, Atlanta
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As the name suggests, two Texan brothers run this joint in northeast Atlanta. They serve plenty of pork, but since they are from Texas, beef is the star. You can even get a huge beef rib that was named one of Atlanta’s iconic dishes by Eater in 2015.