BBQ Capitals: Memphis, Dallas, Charleston, Atlanta, and Nashville

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Down South, we love our 'que. And in Charleston, South Carolina, we love our Home Team. Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ is the brainchild of executive chef and owner Aaron Siegel, an experienced chef with dreams of comfort food and BBQ prepared in the traditional way, with a jukebox dining atmosphere. The original Fiery Ron's is located in West Ashley and is known for its regular live music and events, while the Sullivan's Island location, opened in 2009, offers near-beachfront outdoor seating and an extended menu. Stop by Fiery Ron's after a long day at the beach, and refuel with a Brisket and Smoked Sausage Sandwich or a BBQ Pulled Pork Wrap. Add sides of creamy grits, collard greens, or Gouda mac 'n cheese and wash it all down with local beers on tap.  What could be better than BBQ by the beach?  Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ Pork Sliders — Photo courtesy of Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ 


Owner Andy Marshall learned how to make ribs growing up in Memphis. Today he uses his special rub to season Nashville's finest pork and BBQ. Puckett's Grocery and restaurant opened in the 1950's, as a grocery store and eatery. Today, Nashville is proud to host three of the beloved restaurants, and each Puckett's location is known for its ability to to move patrons to happy tears over a sinful bite of its' succulent barbecue. From the best pork in Music City to the live bluegrass, Puckett's never fails to draw a crowd. Patrons become return customers and strangers becomes friends, all under the spell of ribs, pulled pork, home-cooked green beans, cornbread, and fried okra. Just be sure to save enough room for a slice of the chef's special cherry cobbler.  Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant — Photo courtesy of Flickr


Whether it is pulled, chopped or still sticking to a rib, there's nothing better than Memphis-style pork barbecue. Most pit bosses will tell you 10 is the magic number of hours for perfectly-cooked pork; here in the River City, that pork is smoked over hardwood charcoal. Each barbecue joint has its own secret spices for the rub (dry) or sauce (wet) used during the smoking process, but most sauces served up in Memphis are vinegar and tomato based. Ask five locals and you'll get five different answers on which barbecue joint is the best; the best known is Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous for ribs and Central Barbeque is our personal favorite for a pulled pork sandwich and sides.  Memphis-style dry ribs at Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous. — Photo courtesy of Lisa Buser


In Atlanta, we love all kinds of barbecue - dry or wet, sweet or spicy. Decatur’s Community Q has customers lined up for their pulled pork, meaty ribs and mac ‘n cheese. In the downtown area, patrons flock to Fox Brothers BBQ, not only for the delicious barbecue but for southern favorites like collard greens and black-eyed peas. Regulars love the burnt ends – brisket ends smoked extra long. On the north end of town, Heirloom Market packs them in during lunchtime. What this “shack” located next to a convenience store lacks in looks, it makes up for ten fold in taste. Their unique Korean barbecue is well worth the drive, though barbecue purists will find pulled pork and ribs on the menu as well. For a group outing in a fun atmosphere head to D.B.A. Barbecue. The ribs and wings are smoky and quite meaty. Order the sampler platter, which comes with all the meat offerings (beef brisket, smoked turkey, pulled chicken, pulled pork, wings, spare ribs and baby back ribs) plus four sides!  Korean BBQ Sandwich — Photo courtesy of Malika Harricharan


Barbecue is an integral part of Texan culture, and visitors to Dallas will not be disappointed. The two most popular types of Dallas barbecue are smoked beef brisket and mouthwatering, fall-off-the-bone pork ribs smoked with hickory chips. Check out these classic dishes at Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse. This Texan original serves up some of the best pork ribs in town. And the best part is that there are several locations all around the huge Dallas metroplex. Texans normally pair their barbecue with mustard potato salad, baked beans and coleslaw, but you can also find fried okra and green bean casserole at this down home barbecue joint. Other barbecue hot spots around the city include Pecan Lodge Catering, which specializes in mesquite-smoked meats, and CT's Real Deal Bar-B-Que in South Dallas.   Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse — Photo courtesy of Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse Facebook

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