Best Barbecue Joint in Every State

Source: Courtesy of JR's Rhodehouse BBQ Pit via Facebook

South Dakota: JR’s Rhodehouse BBQ Pit
> Location: Summerset

A Texas-style outpost outside of Rapid City, JR’s Rhodehouse has consistent five-star reviews for its mouthwatering brisket, ribs, sausages, turkey, and pulled pork. Meats are sold by the pound, on sandwiches with pickled onions and jalapeños, or in platters with sides including smokehouse beans and green chili jack mac and cheese.

Source: Courtesy of Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous via Facebook

Tennessee: Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous
> Location: Memphis

Since 1948, this funky subterranean establishment with brick walls and vintage decor has been serving their famous dry-rubbed smoked ribs. Barbecue sauce is optional, as the spice-coated ribs, brisket, and chicken can stand alone. Enjoy the red beans and rice and smoked sausages, too, but be ready to wait for a table.

Source: Courtesy of Snow's BBQ via Facebook

Texas: Snow’s BBQ
> Location: Lexington

This local hotspot is only open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, but people line up as early as 4 a.m. with lawn chairs and thermoses of coffee, just to get a taste of the expertly smoked pork, chicken, sausages, ribs, and brisket from legendary pitmasters Kerry Bexley and Tootsie Tomanetz. The pork shoulder steak is a customer favorite and the ribs never disappoint.

Source: Courtesy of Bam Bams BBQ via Facebook

Utah: Bam Bams BBQ
> Location: Orem

Sandwich combos, picnic table seating, and an ultra casual vibe make this relaxed eatery a popular lunch spot for Texas-style barbecue. The small meat-centric menu features platters, sandwiches, and barbecue nachos. Whether you choose brisket, turkey, pork, or ribs, consider adding a jalapeño sausage link to your order.

Source: Courtesy of Bluebird Barbecue via Facebook

Vermont: Bluebird Barbecue
> Location: Burlington

With a full bar, house cocktails, plenty of outdoor seating, and legendary smoked wings, double-smoked burnt ends, and 15-hour brisket, this casual restaurant is great for a date or group gathering. Local touches like Vermont maple baked beans and Cabot cheddar mac and cheese make the sides extra special, and the ramen, salads, and vegetarian options like smoked mushrooms and seitan balance out the menu.

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