The 12 Best BBQ Restaurants in America Photo by: amanderson2 via Flickr

The 12 Best BBQ Restaurants in America

With the possible exception of College Football, nothing is more debated between cities than who has the best barbecue. In the last several years barbecue has moved from the backyard to Main Street with televised barbecue cook offs, cooking shows dedicated to the “smoked meat” and barbecue pit masters becoming celebrities. If you put 10 people from different parts of the United States in a room and ask where the best barbecued meal can be had, you will get 10 different answers. Old school establishments grab you when you enter, where the smell of well-seasoned wood paneled walls and brick bear the years of being bathed in smoke, to the chain restaurants that have sprung up in every major city to satisfy the need for the ‘cue. Whether it is served on plates with silverware or butcher paper with plastic utensils barbecue is a mainstay of the American food landscape. We hereby present our list of the best BBQ restaurants in America for you to enjoy and debate.

12. The Joint -New Orleans, Louisiana

Since 2004 owners Pete and Jenny Breen have been serving up some of the best barbecue in New Orleans. Along the way, The Joint has gotten a national reputation for consistently good food and service. Smoked brisket, ribs, pulled pork, chicken and locally made Cajun sausage are on the menu. The pulled pork sandwich topped with coleslaw are a favorite along with the brisket. Regulars will tell you it is all good so you might need several trips to zero in on your favorite dish. Desserts in include Pecan Pie, key Lime pie and their very special Peanut Butter Pie.

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