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America's Best BBQ Restaurants

Owensboro, Kentucky: Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn

The apotheosis of Owensboro’s micro-regional mutton ’cue. Order it sliced and chopped—always with “dip”—and in a meaty burgoo (a rustic Kentucky stew). Dinner for two $38.

America’s Best BBQ Restaurants

Roper's Ribs

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St. Louis: Roper’s Ribs

The top spot for the Gateway City’s barbecue specialties, such as St. Louis–cut pork ribs, snoots, and rib tips. Lunch for two $25.

America’s Best BBQ Restaurants

Goldsboro, North Carolina: Scott’s Famous Barbecue

Local legend Martel Scott Jr. serves lunch in a 1960’s dining room Thursdays and Fridays. Lunch for two $12.

America’s Best BBQ Restaurants

A&R Bar-B-Que

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Memphis: A&R Bar-B-Que

The rib-tip sandwich here is moist, with lingering smoke, and all too easy to eat. Lunch for two $20.

America’s Best BBQ Restaurants

Jack's Bar-B-Que

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Nashville: Jack’s Bar-B-Que

Located in the thick of honky-tonk bars on Music City’s tourist strip, Jack’s Bar-B-Que nevertheless draws local rockabilly kids and alt-country scenesters for remarkable beef brisket, pork ribs, and smoked chicken. Dinner for two $25.

America’s Best BBQ Restaurants

Nashville: Mary’s Old Fashioned Pit Bar-B-Que

Locals line up for a superb rendition of chopped pork on a bun, as well as excellent grilled short ribs. Dinner for two $18.

America’s Best BBQ Restaurants

Lexington, Tennessee: Scott’s Bar-B-Que

Smoke rings are evident in these perfect pulled-pork sandwiches, which are topped with carrot-flecked slaw and suffused with a medium-hot sauce. Dinner for two $20.

America’s Best BBQ Restaurants

Henderson, Tennessee: Siler’s Old-Time Bar-B-Que

The most recent in a succession of barbecue establishments cooking whole hogs on this site. Ask for rib meat, pit meat, or tenderloin if you prefer. Lunch for two $15.

America’s Best BBQ Restaurants

Oklahoma Joe's in Kansas City, Illinois.

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Kansas City, Kansas: Oklahoma Joe’s

Dinner for two $20.

America’s Best BBQ Restaurants

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