America is filled with a multitude of restaurants that cater to those who get their satisfaction from a savory platter of ribs or a mouthwatering pulled pork sandwich. To help you decide which one is the best, here is a list of the 10 most popular barbecue restaurants that only the US can offer.
1. Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque – Kansas City, MO
Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque features wood-smoked meats
on white bread slices that have been smothered with sauce. At least three different sauces are used for the barbecue which include the original that is noted for its dusky texture. For the traditional side dishes, they even cover all the bases such as fresh-cut, peel-on French fries; meaty beans; and creamy coleslaw that is made from finely shredded cabbage. Other popular menu items include red cream soda and Boulevard Pale Ale.
2. Beachwood BBQ & Brewing – Long Beach, CA
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing is definitely a destination dining that is unique in its own right. What makes it stand out is its on-site microbrewery that features craft beers. Moreover, they have the so-called “guest beer program” that includes 24 rotating taps showing some of the most notable and hard to find suds around. One highly recommended type of beer is the seasonal Tovarish Russian Imperial Espresso Stout. As for the food, must-try items include southern-style barbecue, baby-back ribs, beef short ribs, pulled pork, smoked chicken, spicy andouille sausage, grilled double-cut pork chop, and pecan pie for dessert.
3. Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q – Decatur, AL
Run by Bob Gibson, this alcohol-free barbecue restaurant features a wide array of sauces that continue to delight Decatur outdoor diners. The white sauce flecked with pepper is versatile enough to taste good both for the chicken and the pork. Other featured sauces include the tangy red sauce, peppery vinegar sauce, and mustard-based sauce. You can also opt for the dry rub if that’s what you want. For the sides, you can have the creamy potato salad, slaw, baked beans, and potato chips. If you’re watching your weight, you can opt for the smoked turkey and salad. Lastly, you can finish your meal with a slice of coconut or pecan pie.
4. Chicago q – Chicago, IL
Chicago q exudes a Southern glitz charm that’s even made more exciting with its valet parking, dark wood, leather booths and dim lighting. From starters to desserts, everyone would agree that this restaurant makes a buzzing noise in the barbecue scene. Some of its popular menu items include the fluffy bacon-cheddar hush puppies, lemony grilled shrimp with polenta, Kobe beef brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, Derby pie for dessert, and the mint julep.
5. Everett & Jones Barbecue – Oakland, CA
Since 1973, E & J has been carrying the family tradition of spreading the ‘cue all over East Bay. The barbecue sauce, dubbed as Super-Que, has become a signature item and highly in demand product. The restaurant then has decided to produce the sauce in bottles for retail and for online selling. The specialty item is the brisket. Other popular items include the ribs, potato salad, sweet potato pie, and lemonade.
6. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q – Atlanta, GA
After undergoing renovation, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q remains the leader in the city when it comes to barbecues. Run by identical twins Jonathan and Justin Fox, the restaurant is designed with a separate structure that holds the smoker which is responsible for creating fantastic aromas that spread through the patio and the parking lot. Unique menu options include fried ribs, smoked baby-back, smoked chicken with white barbecue sauce, Friday-special smoked beef short ribs, chocolate pecan pie, homemade banana pudding, wines, and beer choices.
7. Franklin Barbecue – Austin, TX
Franklin Barbecue has evolved from being a small trailer that dispenses barbecue into being a brick-and-mortar dining spot. They feature brisket that is slow-cooked for a full 18 hours and at a very low temperature. This makes the meat impressively tender with a generous smoke ring. Other popular must try’s include house sausage, Tipsy Texan sandwich, and pies (lemon chess, Key lime, pecan, Bourbon banana).
8. Hill Country – Washington, DC
A barbecue place that’s been creating a buzz in Penn Quarter, Hill Country is usually jam-packed with eager fans who successfully got in after waiting patiently in line. The reward is a flavorful serving of ribs, wide selection of sides, and really creamy banana pudding. Other must-try menu items include campfire baked beans, beer-braised cowboy pinto beans, Texas sheet cake, Big Red soda, and skillet cornbread with ancho-honey butter.
9. Mighty Quinn’s – New York, NY
Mighty Quinn’s delivers a casual dining experience to customers who would think that they are in a school cafeteria and chilling out with their high school friends. You can stroll freely while holding a tray and grab whatever catches your palate’s attention. Be sure not to miss the juicy, fatty pork ribs and the succulent, tender pulled pork. You can even try getting a handful of the wings which are certified to have enough meat. One popular item for the sides are the burnt end baked beans. For a refreshing pause in between bites, you can indulge in some of their craft beers. If there’s more room for dessert, you should opt for the sweet potato casserole or an ice cream sandwich.
10. The Rendezvous – Memphis, TN
Owned and operated by the Vergos family up to the present, the Rendezvous is famous for its pork ribs that come either wet with sauce or dry with rubbed spices. Some of the highly recommended items include the charcoal-broiled lamb riblets, barbecue chopped chicken, and vegetarian red beans. Serving only beer and wine, the Rendezvous features Ghost River beer that comes straight from the city’s sole microbrew. Though dessert items are not found in the menu, no one doesn’t really seem to care as the barbecue is enough to make you feel stuffed and full.