The Best Barbecue Restaurants In America

If you’re a fan of finger-licking smoky or sweet sauces and slow-cooked mouthwatering meats, TripAdvisor, a travel review website, announced its annual lineup of the best barbecue restaurants in America, based on traveler reviews and ratings.

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According to a statement released by TripAdvisor, the ranking of top barbecue restaurants is based on establishments that have a minimum of 100 reviews and were ranked by quantity and quality, giving more weight to reviews written in the past year. Chain restaurants with more than 10 locations were excluded. Check out the top-rated U.S. restaurants compiled by TripAdvisor® below.

1. Joe’s BBQ – Blue Ridge, Georgia

Must try menu item: Ribs

What Trip Advisor travelers have to say: “The pork and ribs are the standouts. Both were tender and packed with flavor, and smoked perfectly.”

2.Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que – Kansas City, Kansas

Must try menu item: Hog Heaven sandwich

What Trip Advisor travelers have to say: “Don’t mind the line; it’s so worth the wait. I can’t stop thinking about the simple unadulterated pulled pork.”

3. Bogart’s Smokehouse – Saint Louis, Missouri

Must try menu items: Apricot brûléed ribs to pastrami smoked over apple and cherrywood. And, the pit baked beans and deviled egg potato salad.

What Trip Advisor travelers have to say: “The food is tender, juicy and has just the right amount of smoke in each bite. My favorites are the ribs, brisket and burnt ends.”

4. Reuben’s Smokehouse – Fort Myers, Florida

Must try menu items: Sweet molasses baked beans and savory cheesy mac

What Trip Advisor travelers have to say: “The ribs have smokiness in every bite and the bacon wrapped meatloaf was cooked to perfection, not to mention the price is so right and leaves you feeling satisfied.”

5. Andy Nelson’s Southern Pit BBQ – Cockeysville, Maryland

Must try menu items: Memphis-style ribs and Dixie chicken

What Trip Advisor travelers have to say: “The best barbecue to be found in the Baltimore area and beyond. Wonderful food served with authentic southern style hospitality.”

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