Virginia: Monk’s BBQ
> Location: Purcellville
This popular barbecue mecca near the West Virginia border does a good job with all the usual wood-smoked meats, but what sets it apart is the barbecue pastrami, a preparation hardly common in such establishments. Other unusual items include poodle chicken smoked over hickory and cherry wood, house-cured and smoked pork belly bacon on a stick, and custard-filled cornbread.
Washington: Briley’s BBQ & Grill
> Location: Lake Forest Park
Cherry wood-smoked meats and draft beers make up the menu at this casual hangout with quaint water views and sports games on rotation. The brioche bun sandwiches are loaded with meat, the sides are flavorful and include a few noteworthy items like sweet potato fries and brisket chili, and their house special spicy pit beef has many devout fans.
West Virginia: Hickory House
> Location: Jane Lew
This friendly down-home smokehouse, decked out in license plates and memorabilia, specializes in hickory-smoked baby back ribs and homemade pickles. Also on the menu are an array of sandwiches and jalapeño melts, brisket and pulled pork platters, fried chicken and fish filets, and three kinds of fries.
Wisconsin: Speed Queen BBQ
> Location: Milwaukee
A fast food takeout joint with a drive-through window, this cash-only place has been serving barbecue slathered in a family-recipe secret sauce since 1956. The menu features family platters of smoked meats, fried chicken and fish, and affordable sandwiches with a large array of sides. Customers love the “outside” pork shoulder and the red beans and rice.
Wyoming: HQ BBQ
> Location: Evansville
This bustling Southern style barbecue restaurant has a full menu of salads, appetizers, platters, sandwiches, and burgers, complete with daily specials including the customer-favorite smoked prime rib nights. Try the Memphis-style dry rub ribs, the bourbon habanero sauce, and the legendary mac and cheese.
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