Hawaii: Sunset Smokehouse
> Location: Wahiawa (Oahu)
A counter-service joint specializing in Texas-style barbecue, Sunset Smokehouse is known for its tender brisket and ribs and snappy smoked sausages. Customers love the creamed corn and the pinto beans with spicy brisket ends. In true Texas smokehouse style, long lines can form before the doors open – the hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – with many items selling out early.
Idaho: Rib Shack Barbecue
> Location: Eagle
This Kansas City-style restaurant serves large portions of smoked pork, brisket, turkey, and chicken, and even offers a free pork rib while you wait for your food. Menu highlights include beef tri tip and pork belly, and customers rave about the burnt ends, smashed potatoes, and baked beans.
Illinois: Smoked to the Bone
> Location: Iuka
This Southern Illinois small-town eatery has bountiful barbecue options, affordable and generous portions, outstanding pie, and a salad bar. It’s open Thursday through Sunday with daily specials including all-you-can-eat fish on Fridays and fried chicken on Sundays.
Indiana: Bill & Dave’s Smokin’ Pit
> Location: Tell City
This no-frills, family-friendly restaurant offers a buffet of smoked meats and homemade sauces as well as sandwiches, fried chicken, shrimp, and burgers. Customers love the ribs, the fried okra, and the desserts – especially the banana pudding.
Iowa: Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack
> Location: Iowa City
Known for their brisket sandwiches – which customers have the option of ordering lean or fatty – Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack also offers smoked half chickens and wings, pulled pork, ribs, and even smoked portobello mushrooms. A range of sauces and solid side dishes will please any customer; and the honey cornbread is exceptional.
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