Every state has its local delicacy — from tacos in southern California to smothered hot dogs in Illinois. But there are people who would travel to many different areas of the south for a type of food that the region does better than anyone. And that food is, of course, barbecue. The south is the home to BBQ, with states like Tennessee and Texas seeming to hold the highest honors of the good stuff. But the truth of the matter is that you don’t necessarily need to leave your own state to find some finger licking good smoked meats and sides. Don’t believe us? Well, we’ve rounded up the best BBQ joints in every single state. Each spot below has the Yelp highest rating, at the time of publishing, for bbq joints in that state.
The cool thing about these restaurants is that they each deliver a little local flavor to their take on bbq. In Louisiana, for example, you'll find a cajun twang to their smoked meats. In Hawaii, BBQ restaurants serve Spam alongside their smoked meats. So while you'll dig their barbecue offerings, you'll also get to sample a bit of local cuisine, too.
Scroll on to find the best BBQ restaurants in every state. Finding good brisket is as good a reason as any to take a road trip, don't you think?
The smoked meats at Yo’ Mama’s are delicious, but folks go crazy over the grits at this Alabama joint.
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When in Alaska, go for the catfish. Roscoe’s sweet tea is also some of the best in the state.
Love yourself some fatty brisket? You’ll love Little Miss BBQ.
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Go to Lindsey’s for the barbecue, but make sure to save some room for the sweet potato pie.
As far as sides go, the jalapeño-spiked macaroni and cheese is a customer favorite at Smokehouse 41.
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Yelp reviewers rave about Kitchen Table’s burnt ends and the buffalo sausage.
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Grab the pulled jerk chicken and Alabama dirty fries at Aunt Viv’s. Dig in. Enjoy.
There’s only one thing you want from Russell’s — and that thing is a huge order of ribs.
Not a BBQ joint per se, but customers rave about how well this tavern does the smoked stuff.
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You’ve got to love a bbq joint that has Frito pie. And according tp reviewers, Fox Bros does a delicious version.
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Folks love Sunset Smokehouse’s deliciously fatty brisket and the potato salad, which has a hint of mustard in the sauce.
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Love BBQ for the sides? BBQ4LIFE serves a macaroni and cheese sandwich. Let that sink in.
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Fall off the bone meats take center stage at this Chicago staple.
Go to Hank’s for the briskets and corned beef. But just a heads up — this spot is takeout only!
Stew’s is a tiny joint that serves up delicious burnt ends, macaroni and cheese, and apple crisps for hungry customers.
Customers dig Pig In Pig Out’s brisket, ribs, and spicy sausage.
The BBQ at Hammerheads is the best in the state, but folks also dig the chicken and waffles that this joint slings out.
For BBQ with a cajun kick, come to Hear Dat Kitchen in New Orleans.
Salvage BBQ has a platter on the menu called the Meat Calamity. Need we say more?
Blue Pit BBQ is a cute little spot not only has delicious barbecue, but also craft cocktails. That’s a winning combo in our book.
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Folks go crazy for Chub’s rib sauce and juicy brisket.
Pulled pork, ribs, and waffle fries are the winners at Slow BarBQ, a Detroit establishment.
Big Daddy’s is a takeout spot that does huge ribs that are aptly called Flintstone Beef Short Ribs.
Can’t decide between BBQ and nachos? You can get both at The Pig and Pint, with pulled pork nachos. Yum!
The brisket at Q39 is made to order, so you’ll always get it fresh.
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The specials at Blue’s BBQ change daily, so you’ll have to make multiple trips to get a true taste.
Smokin Barrel, a food truck-turned-restaurant, serves up finger-licking brisket and beans.
Tender smoked meat and macaroni and cheese take center stage at Fox Smokehouse BBQ.
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Ribs, brisket, and pork sausages are winners on KC’s menu.
Make sure to smother your meats in the BBQ sauce on the tables at Smoke and Steer. It makes the meat that much tastier.
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