Special Report

Best Barbecue Joint in Every State

Source: Courtesy of B.T.'s Smokehouse via Facebook

Massachusetts: B.T.’s Smokehouse
> Location: Sturbridge

One of the premier barbecue spots in New England, B.T.’s Smokehouse is known for its overloaded brisket reuben sandwich and its andouille corn dog bites. Expect heaping portions of smoked meats and Southern-style sides, bring your own beer, and expect a bit of a wait.

Source: Courtesy of Vicki's Bar-B-Q via Yelp

Michigan: Vicki’s Bar-B-Q
> Location: Detroit

This old fashioned carry-out establishment specializes in fried shrimp, charcoal-smoked ribs, and tangy smoked chicken with a vinegar and tomato glaze. The limited menu offers affordable dinners with a few choices of sides, and the thick cut steak fries are perfectly cooked.

Source: Courtesy of Matt G. via Yelp

Minnesota: Ted Cook’s 19th Hole Barbecue
> Location: Minneapolis

This landmark carry out counter has been serving pit smoked barbecue since 1968. The addictive chicken, baby back ribs, beef ribs, and pork are smoked daily over cherry and hickory wood. Try the hot links and don’t forget the peach cobbler.

Source: Courtesy of Clay's House of Pig via Facebook

Mississippi: Clay’s House of Pig (C.H.O.P.)
> Location: Tupelo

This tackle shop-turned-barbecue joint became an overnight sensation when it was featured in Forbes and Food & Wine magazines. Along with smoked pork shoulder, chicken, brisket, and ribs by the pound, C.H.O.P. serves sandwiches, tacos, and barbecue-smothered taters, nachos, and fries.

Source: Courtesy of Gates Bar-B-Q via Facebook

Missouri: Gates Bar-B-Q
> Location: Kansas City

A ;local family-owned Kansas City chain, Gates Bar-B-Q has been serving quality smoked meats since 1946. Barbecue is available by the pound, on a sandwich, or on a platter with homestyle sides and fries. The burnt ends are a crowd pleaser and the sweet smoky sauce has a spicy bite.

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