America’s Best Cities for Barbecue

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Sauce or no sauce? Burnt ends or whole pig? Travel + Leisure readers offered meaty results in the search for the nation’s best barbecue. 

No. 6 Oklahoma City

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While OKC’s barbecue takes many cues from Kansas City, the Carolinas and neighboring Texas—like at Back Door Barbecue on NW 23rd, created by an Austin transplant—some of the best BBQ joints focus on Oklahoma’s strong sense of local history. Downtown’s Iron Star (with its brown-sugar-cured brisket), for instance, pays tribute to famed outlaw and Oklahoman Belle Starr, while Bedlam Bar-B-Q  (where the smoked meat menu features brisket, polish sausage and bologna) is named for the rivalry between Oklahoma University and Oklahoma State. 

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America’s Best Cities for Barbecue

No. 6 Oklahoma City

While OKC’s barbecue takes many cues from Kansas City, the Carolinas and neighboring Texas—like at Back Door Barbecue on NW 23rd, created by an Austin transplant—some of the best BBQ joints focus on Oklahoma’s strong sense of local history. Downtown’s Iron Star (with its brown-sugar-cured brisket), for instance, pays tribute to famed outlaw and Oklahoman Belle Starr, while Bedlam Bar-B-Q  (where the smoked meat menu features brisket, polish sausage and bologna) is named for the rivalry between Oklahoma University and Oklahoma State. 

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