Starting with only a small trailer and second-hand smoker, Aaron Franklin has built a stellar reputation on the basis of his 16-hour slow-smoked brisket.
900 E. 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
At Gates Bar-B-Q, the spare ribs are huge and meaty, taken from the bottom of the ribs, near the hog’s belly. Gates has been smoking pork ribs for more than 60 years, and the recipe to their thick, sloppy BBQ sauce is a closely-guarded secret.
1221 Brooklyn Ave
Kansas City, MO 64127
Memphis BBQ is traditionally served dry, but Germantown Commissary has its own style of BBQ sauce that’s earned leagues of devotees. The tangy and thick sauce is so popular, it’s made owner Walker Taylor something of a legend in these parts.
2290 S. Germantown Rd
Germantown, TN 38138
Take a trip to this family-style operation where cooking is done inside a trailer -- and tented, outdoor seating is complemented by the enticing aroma of the wood fire pits.
1502 S. 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
Memphis in May International Festival
If you can visit only one BBQ festival, Memphis in May would be an ideal pork-out choice, with its 247 teams barbecuing for your tasting pleasure in front of 500 judges and with over $100,000 in prize money at stake.
Memphis, TN 38103
Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn
A Kentucky tradition since 1963, Moonlite serves, on average, 10,000 pounds of mutton each week, slow-cooking the seasoned sheep over hickory wood to tender succulence.
2840 W. Parrish Ave
Owensboro, KY 42301
Skylight Inn BBQ
The Jones family has been in the barbecue business since 1811 when the current owners' great-great-great-great grandfather started selling pork from a mule-drawn cart.
4618 S. Lee St
Ayden, NC 28513
South Carolinians believe they are the true originators of barbeque -- and these traditionalists only do it one way – with classic Carolina mustard sauce.
1427 Eutaw Rd
Holly Hill, SC 29059