Special Report

The Best Barbecue Joints in America

Everett & Jones Barbecue
> Location: Oakland, CA

With four Bay Area locations including one in Oakland’s Jack London Square, Everett & Jones is known for its generous portions of smoked meats and soul food sides, as well as its exceedingly friendly service. Choose between brisket, pork ribs, chicken, and beef sausage links, and enjoy the live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Jenkins Quality Barbecue
> Location: Jacksonville, FL

A family-owned business with three locations, Jenkins Quality Barbecue serves smoked beef, pork, and chicken sandwiches as well as pork ribs with standard sides, french fries, and corn nuggets. Their popular mustard sauce is available by the bottle, and the sweet tea is extra sweet.

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Old Brick Pit Barbecue
> Location: Atlanta, GA

Utilizing family recipes and a traditional brick pit smoker, this Atlanta stand-by has been serving hickory-smoked barbecue with vinegar sauce for over 40 years. The ribs fall off the bone, the pulled pork is tender and juicy, and the Brunswick stew is a hit.

Fresh Air Barbecue
> Location: Jackson and Macon, GA

Pit-smoking pork since 1929, Fresh Air Barbecue now has multiple locations, including the original restaurant in Jackson, that serve a small menu of sandwiches and platters. The sauce is tangy with vinegar and tomato – no sweet options here – and the sandwiches and Brunswick stew are affordable and loaded with pork.

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Bill & Dave’s Smokin’ Pit
> Location: Tell City, IN

This no-frills, family-friendly restaurant offers a buffet of smoked meats and homemade sauces as well as sandwiches, fried chicken, shrimp, and burgers. Customers love the ribs, the fried okra, and the desserts – especially the banana pudding.

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