America is famous for its barbecues. Although the flavor of BBQ varies across the vast land of the US, good BBQ is noted for its smoke and meat. Pork, chicken, beef are fair game–but the sauce and the smokiness it imparts are not optional. Some BBQ restaurants in the US like Arthur Bryan in Kansas MO are institutions, being over 100 years old, that still serve the best BBQ today.
Visitors travel from around the globe to try some of America’s best ’cue: “We get tourists from China, New Zealand, Iceland, Brazil, you name it,” says Jim Sells, co-owner of fabled smokehouse Smitty’s in Lockhart, Texas. “My wife owns the place; she just lets me work here,” he jokes. “I still consider it good old American cooking. You can’t find BBQ this great anywhere but the USA, can you?” His attitude hints at the secret ingredients in winning barbecue: devotion to craft and endless pride.
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Chow down! America’s best BBQ cities