Best Barbecue Joint in Every State

Source: Courtesy of K.B via Yelp

Alabama: Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Que
> Location: Decatur

What started as a smoke pit in Bob Gibson’s backyard in 1925 is now a Decatur institution with two locations that serve slow-smoked chicken, brisket, pork and ribs. Take home some of Big Bob’s original tangy white barbecue sauce or Championship red sauce, and don’t miss out on the homemade cream pies.

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Alaska: Big Daddy’s
> Location: Fairbanks

Big Daddy’s BBQ and Banquet Hall serves heaping portions of all the classic barbecue favorites and sides, as well as bar appetizers, burgers, and fried seafood platters. The casual vibe, huge bar, and jukebox music make for a raucous good time, and the popular Pig Out Platter feeds a small crowd.

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Arizona: Little Miss BBQ
> Location: Phoenix

This retro-themed eatery, with two Phoenix locations, serves Central Texas-style barbecue as well as burritos and decadent smoked pecan pies. By the pound or on a sandwich, the brisket and pastrami are tender and flaky. The ribs fall off the bone, and the jalapeño cheddar grits are a crowd pleaser.

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Arkansas: McClard’s Bar-B-Q
> Location: Hot Springs

A family-owned joint since 1928, McClard’s retains the feeling of an old-fashioned diner with a retro vibe and friendly staff. The ribs, chopped pork, and loaded fries are popular choices but many repeat customers come for the smothered tamales, topped with corn chips, beans, chopped beef, onions, and cheese.

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California: Everett & Jones Barbecue
> Location: Oakland

With four Bay Area locations including one in Oakland’s Jack London Square, Everett & Jones is known for its generous portions of smoked meats and soul food sides, as well as its exceedingly friendly service. Choose between brisket, pork ribs, chicken, and beef sausage links, and enjoy the live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

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