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

Grab some napkins. We’re celebrating the best of America barbeque.

Perfect saucy ribs from the grill.

Steve’s Bodacious Barbecue Ribs | Photo by KGora

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

Photo by GodivaGirl

Big Al’s K.C. Bar-B-Q Sauce

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Photo by Holiday Baker

Kansas City Style Pork Back Ribs

Kansas City Style Pork Back Ribs

Photo by Lela

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

Photo by Pam Ziegler Lutz

Memphis Rub

Memphis Rub for the BBQ win.

Photo by goldenangel88

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 means Carolina-style.

Photo by mauigirl

Uncle Earl’s NC BBQ Sauce

BBQ sauce, NC style.

Photo by Patty Cakes

Carolina-Style Barbeque Sauce

_Carolina-Style Barbeque Sauce

Photo by lutzflcat

Carolina Pork Twirl

Chef John describes this Carolina sauce as “a fairly straightforward, totally in-your-face-with-tang-and-heat recipe. It is fantastic on pulled pork and molasses-brined pork chops.”

Carolina Pork Twirl

Photo by jeffportaro

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

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

Texas Pork Ribs

Texas Pork Ribs

Photo by cookin’mama

Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork

Photo by Kari

South Texas Borracho Beans

South Texas Borracho Beans

Photo by lutzflcat

Texas Coleslaw

Cool down with Texas Slaw.

Photo by CCLoves2Bake

Kentucky

Kentucky BBQ sauce says it with…bourbon, naturally.

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

Santa Maria Grilled Tri-Tip Beef

Photo by jmaddox

Hawaii

Hawaiian BBQ shows off its native and Asian influences.

Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker

This is how Hawaii does bbq.

Photo by DIZ#9829;

Shoyu Chicken

Hawaiian-style BBQ chicken.

Photo by SunnyDaysNora

Pennsylvania

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

Pennsylvania Coal Region Barbecue

Pennsylvania Coal Region Barbecue

Photo by Deb C

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 with fresh thyme.

Photo by hungryallweighs

Pepper-Honey Cedar Plank Salmon

Pepper-Honey Cedar Plank Salmon

Photo by Sherri

Florida

The Keys cast a unique light on Florida BBQ.

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

Photo by Molly

Illinois

Chicago knows the blues…and BBQ.

Chicago-Style Strip Steak

New York Strip Chicago Style

Photo by lutzflcat

Bubba’s Barbequed Skirt Steak

Alabama

Northern Alabama is known for mayo-based white sauces.

Tangy White BBQ Sauce

Tangy White BBQ Sauce

Photo by Molly

Smooth Sweet Tea

So much BBQ! Better make an extra batch of sweet tea.

Sweet tea to wash down a ton of BBQ.

Photo by mis7up


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