America’s Best States For BBQ. Did Yours Make The List?

Grab some napkins. We’re celebrating the best of America barbeque. Did your home state make the list?

Kansas

KC goes for tomato-based sauces with a vinegar and secret-spice kick.

Kathy’s Award Winning Barbeque Sauce

Kathy's Award Winning Barbeque Sauce

Kathy’s Award Winning Barbeque Sauce | Photo by GodivaGirl

Tennessee

The Volunteer State knows ribs. Grilled with a dry rub or basted with a sweet, tangy sauce.

Tennessee Rubdown

“A rub for all meats, but we use mainly ribs in Tennessee. Brown sugar, ground peppers and spices are blended to bring out the full flavor of whatever you decide to toss on the grill!” — Jack Harris

Tennessee Rubdown

Tennessee Rubdown | Photo by Pam Ziegler Lutz

North & South Carolina

In the Carolinas the meat is pork and the sauces are relatively thin with a vinegary snap.

Mustard Based BBQ Sauce

Mustard Based BBQ Sauce

Mustard Based BBQ Sauce | Photo by mauigirl

Texas

In Texas, beef brisket is cooked over a smoky mesquite or hickory fire and served with a spicy sauce.

Best Ever Brisket

Best Ever Brisket

Best Ever Brisket | Soup Loving Nicole

Kentucky

Kentucky BBQ sauce says it with…bourbon, naturally.

Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce | Photo by Nicolette

California

Chef John explains: “Santa Maria, California, is home to one of America’s most delicious BBQ specialties: grilled beef tri-tip steak. Black on the outside, pink on the inside.”

Santa Maria Grilled Tri-Tip Beef

Hawaii

Hawaiian BBQ shows off its native and Asian influences.

Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker

Hawaiian Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker

Hawaiian Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker | Photo by DIZ

Pennsylvania

The Keystone State does it with tangy sweet-and-sour sauces.

Pittsburgh Ham Barbecues

Pittsburgh Ham Barbecues

Pittsburgh Ham Barbecues | Photo by Molly

Washington

Grill wild salmon on a cedar plank in the Pacific Northwest.

Grilled Salmon

Grilled Salmon

Photo by hungryallweighs

Florida

The Keys cast a unique light on Florida BBQ.

Key West Chicken

Key West Chicken

Key West Chicken | Photo by culinarychick

Mississippi

Don’t forget Mississippi. It holds its own in the BBQ Belt.

Mississippi Sweet and Sour Barbeque Sauce

Mississippi Sweet and Sour Barbeque Sauce

Mississippi Sweet and Sour Barbeque Sauce | Photo by Molly

Illinois

Chicago knows the blues…and BBQ.

Chicago-Style Strip Steak

Chicago-Style New York Strip

Chicago-Style New York Strip | Photo by lutzflcat

Alabama

Northern Alabama is known for mayo-based white sauces.

Tangy White BBQ Sauce

Tangy White BBQ Sauce

Tangy White BBQ Sauce | Photo by Molly

So much BBQ! Better make an extra batch of Sweet Tea.


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