What does barbecue mean to you? Is it a pile of Carolina pulled pork doused in spice and vinegar? Maybe a plate of burnt ends coated in a thick, sweet sauce? Or perhaps you prefer smoked chicken with white sauce, or a slab of spice-coated ribs, hold the sauce. No matter which barbecue style has your loyalty, it's undeniable that many of the best barbecue joints in the world are found in the South.
For the past four weeks USA TODAY 10Best readers have been casting their votes for the Best Southern BBQ, and the results are in!
It was a tough fight throughout between Kansas City- and Texas-style barbecue, but in the end, KC came out tops, with Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que winning the most reader votes and the title of Best Southern BBQ.
Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, runner-up for Best Southern BBQ, serves up a mouthwatering variety of traditional Texas-style smoked meats in the tiny Texas town of Llano. Texas and KC racked up every spot in the top five, as well as seven of the top 10 spots!
The top 10 winners in the category Best Southern BBQ are as follows:
- Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que - Kansas City, Kan.
- Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que - Llano, Texas
- Luling City Market - Luling, Texas
- Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse - Dallas
- Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue - Kansas City, Mo.
- Skylight Inn BBQ - Ayden, N.C.
- Scott's Bar-B-Que - Hemingway, S.C.
- Dreamland Bar-B-Que - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
- Arthur Bryant's Barbeque - Kansas City, Mo.
- Black's Barbecue - Lockhart, Texas
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Larry Bleiberg (LarryBleiberg.com), Tanner Latham (AuthenticUsStories.com) and Lacy Morris (10Best Editor) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of travel in the American South.
Other nominees for Best Southern BBQ included Archibald & Woodrow's BBQ in Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Ala.; Cozy Corner Barbecue in Memphis; Franklin Barbecue in Austin; Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q in Kansas City, Mo.; Kreuz Market in Lockhart, Texas; Miss Myra's Pit Bar-B-Q in Vestavia Hills, Ala.; Saw's BBQ in Birmingham, Ala.; Smitty's Market in Lockhart, Texas and Wilber's Barbecue in Goldsboro, N.C.
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