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Recommended By:

- Pitmaster Rodney Scott (Scott’s Bar-B-Que, SC)

“Love Dinosaur, the atmosphere, the sauce, it is real, real good.”


    700 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027
    T: 212.694.1777



- New York

Midwest / Great Lakes

- Illinois

- Kansas

- Michigan

B & C Barbecue

Recommended By:

- Chef King Phojanakong (Kuma Inn, Umi Nom, NYC)

“Where else can you pick up a few antiques in the front and have some amazing BBQ in the back?  Had a great meal with family and friends.”


    355 North Washington Street, Wichita, KS 67202

    T: 316.263.8815

    Note: Only open Mon-Sat: 11 am - 2 pm


Fette Sau

Recommended By:

- Chef James McDuffee (Joseph Leonard, NYC)

“For pork BBQ, tasty!”

    Williamsburg / Brooklyn

    354 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    T: 718.963.3404

17th Street Barbecue

Recommended By:

- Pitmaster Chris Lilly (Big Bob Gibson, AL)

- Pitmaster Rodney Scott (Scott’s Bar-B-Que, SC)

“Mike Mills’ classic BBQ style has been an inspiration. The dry rub he uses on his ribs was the inspiration for me to develop my own rub and seasoning blend.” - Pit Master Chris Lilly

With Mike Mills, there is nothing else to talk about except ‘how are you? Where are the ribs?” - Pit Master Rodney Scott


    17th Street, Murphysboro, IL 62966

    T: 618.684.3722

Big Bob Gibson

Recommended By:

- The winner of the 2011 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Contest, pitmaster Chris Lilly, recommends his own restaurant.

“Order the whole chicken with the white barbecue sauce.”


    (1) 1715 6th Avenue, SE, Decatur, AL 35601

    T: 256.350.6969

    (2) 2520 Danville Road, SW, Decatur, AL 35603

    T: 256.350.0404

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Slow’s BBQ

Recommended By:

- Bob and Joe McClure (McClure’s Pickles)

“Worth the 2 hour wait in line for a seat.”


    2138 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48216

    T: 313.962.9828


Northeast / New York - NYC

Midwest / Great Lakes - Illinois

Poole’s Bar-B-Q

Recommended By:

- Chef Harold Dieterle (Kin Shop & Perilla, NYC)

“Probably the best barbecue I’ve ever eaten. You pay like $5 or $10 and you get a pig and you write your name on the pig. So there is a huge mound outside of the restaurant with different people’s pigs. Not live pigs! Something you push into the ground like a stand.”

    East Ellijay

    164 Craig Street, East Ellijay, GA 30540

    T: 706.635.4100

Moonlight Bar-B-Q Inn

Recommended By:

- The Lee Bros. (Cookbook Authors)

“For Kentucky burgoo and mutton barbecue.”


    2840 West Parrish Avenue, Owensboro, KY 42301

    T: 800.322.8989 / 270.684.8143

Northeast / New York - NYC

Midwest / Great Lakes - Kansas

Midwest / Great Lakes - Michigan

South - Alabama

South - Georgia

South - Kentucky

The Shed Barbeque

Recommended By:

- Pitmaster Chris Lilly (Big Bob Gibson, AL)

“If I’m going through Southern Mississippi, I would hit The Shed. They have a spicy orange sauce that they put on their chicken that I really like.”

    Ocean Springs

    7501 Hwy 57,Ocean Springs, MS 39565

    T: 228.875.9590

South - Mississippi

Lexington Barbecue

Recommended By:

- Pitmaster Chris Lilly (Big Bob Gibson, AL)

“Order either the pulled pork or the whole hog and you want to pay close attention to the different styles of sauces that they use - like the traditional North Carolina sauce.”


    10 US Hwy 29 70 South, Lexington, NC 27295

    T: 336.249.9814

South - North Carolina

Blackjack BBQ

Recommended By:

- Pitmaster Rodney Scott (Scott’s Bar-B-Que, SC)

“I like the sweetness in his sauce.”


    1750 Signal Point Road, Charleston, SC 29412

    T: 843.762.9200

South - South Carolina

Po Pigs Bo-B-Q

Recommended By:

- The Lee Bros. (Cookbook Authors)

“It's attached to the only gas station on the main road (Hwy 174). Open Wednesday thru Saturday. Bobo grew up in Orangeburg, SC and has all the classics on the line there, pork barbecue, fried chicken, amazing veggie (but not vegetarian) dishes. Beer and iced tea.”

    Edisto Island

    2410 Route 174, Edisto Island, SC 29438

    T: 843.869.9003

South - South Carolina

Dead End BBQ

Recommended By:

- Pitmaster Chris Lilly (Big Bob Gibson, AL)

“They’ve got great pulled pork and barbecue nachos that are out of this world.”


    3621 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919

    T: 865.212.5655

South - Tennessee

The Germantown Commissary

Recommended By:

- Pitmaster Chris Lilly (Big Bob Gibson, AL)

“They do very simply smoked food, but it’s always cooked to perfection. Get any of their smoked meats, the ribs or chicken would be great there.”


    2290 Germantown Road, Germantown, TN 38138

    T: 901.754.5540

South - Tennessee

Ridgewood Barbecue

Recommended By:

- Allan Benton (Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams)

“Fabulous barbecue. It’s between Bristol and Johnson City. They have a cult following and it’s always busy. Some of the waitresses who work there are stereotypes, these gals have been there, some of them for 40 years, and look like they’ve eaten that stuff way too many times!”

    Bluff City

    900 Elizabethtown Highway, Bluff City, TN 37620

    T: 423.538.7543

South - Tennessee

Salt Lick Bar-B-Que

Recommended By:

- Pitmaster Chris Lilly (Big Bob Gibson, AL)

“For beef brisket.”


    Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

    3600 Presidential Blvd, Austin, TX 78719


    18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619

    T: 512.858.4959

    Round Rock

    3350 East Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665

    T: 512.386.1044

South - Texas

Sam’s BBQ

Recommended By:

- Chef Zak Pelaccio (Fatty ‘Cue, Fatty Crab, NY)

“For mutton… best tasting fat there is.”

    East Austin

    2000 E 12th Street, Austin, TX 78702

    T: 512.478.0378

South - Texas

Snow’s BBQ

Recommended By:

- Chef Rene Ortiz (La Condesa, TX)

“For brisket.”

    East Austin

    516 Main Street, Lexington, TX 78947

    T: 979.773.4640

South - Texas

Kreuz Market

Recommended By:

- The Lee Bros. (Cookbook Authors)

- Pit Master Chris Lilly (Big Bob Gibson, AL)

“Get their jalapeno sausage.” - Pit Master Chris Lilly (Big Bob Gibson’s, AL)

“For Texas-Style BBQ.”  - Cookbook authors The Lee Bros.


    619 N. Colorado Street, Lockhart, TX 78644

    T: 512.398.2361

South - Texas

Scott’s Bar-B-Que

Recommended By:

- Chef Sean Brock (Husk, McCrady’s, SC)

“Hands down my most favorite place to eat in the entire world and obviously the South. This shit will blow your mind. I’m so jealous of what he does. He is a force to be reckoned with.”


    2734 Hemingway Highway, Hemingway, SC 29554

    T: 843.558.0134

South - South Carolina

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