Best State for BBQ road trip
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Dec 4, 2012 9:01 PM Last Post By: itzawonnder
Dec 4, 2012 7:15 AM
Dec 4, 2012 7:35 AM
1Now you've done it! Opened the great bar-B-que debate. Be prepared for numerous and strong opinions on the subject.
Not only that, there is the discussion about what exactly is "the south." Is that only the former member states of the Confederacy during the civil war? Orr do you mean only the southeastern states below the Mason-dixon Line and on the Atlantic coastline? Does that include Florida? Texas? West Virginia?
OK, I'll start off - surely to be shot down, but I'll say it - the southern states no matter how you define them are not the only place in the U.S. with excellent bar-B-que.
Generally, Bar-B-que in the southeastern states (for example North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia) is made from pork (where "pork" and "bar-B-que" are synonymous). Head west to St Luis or southwest into Texas and you find bar-B-que made from beef.
Of course, you can get bar-B-que chicken too.
Then there is the variety of bar-B-que (for beef, brisket, slabs, ribs, . . . for pork, shredded or sliced).
Then there are the side dishes (almost as important as the bar-B-que itself) - cole slaw, okra, collards, hush-puppies, sweet tea).
Yep, lot to consider here. As for the best - well everyone has their favorite - mine is Texas style bar-B-que with lots of good places in Austin Texas (but I don't know if that is what you consider "the south").
Dec 4, 2012 7:45 AM
2This previous thread might be of interest. bbq and Tacos for a month
Keep reading--there is a lot of discussion of regional barbecue down the thread.
Dec 4, 2012 7:59 AM
This is not to say other styles aren't good, but rather these states are fairly small (i.e. easy to drive around) and offer a good variety of regional styles.
Lexington, NC should be your focus.
Second, while these are the traditional focuses, you can almost always find other meats available at most places. You can get beef in GA, or pork in TX, if you want it; it's just less traditional.
Dec 4, 2012 9:51 AM
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Dec 4, 2012 10:38 AM
Dec 4, 2012 10:39 AM
7Do a search for "bbq roadtrip" and you'll find many suggestions. Having lived in TX and NC, I have to say I prefer Texas style bbq, but it is a preference. If you head to Texas for bbq, do not miss Lockhart, TX. People take 3-hour day trips from Houston just to go eat there.
ETA: Mid-February is an excellent time to visit Texas. The Carolinas and Tennessee are generally decent at that time of year, though you can get coldish weather (esp. at higher elevations).
Dec 4, 2012 11:09 AM
Dec 4, 2012 12:18 PM
9Kansas City brags about being the BBQ capital of the world. So does the entire state of Georgia, but the BBQ there is sweeter, too sweet for my taste.
In Texas BBQ can mean pork or beef equally.
The best BBQ I've ever had was cooked by a firehouse near the Virginia, N. Carolina border, they had roasted three whole hogs and all the meat was equally mixed, slothed in a perky (semi-hot) BBQ sauce and served on fire-baked sesame seed bread.
When you remember BBQ 30 years later it must have been good.
Dec 4, 2012 1:07 PM
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Dec 4, 2012 9:01 PM
13I was going to throw my weight into a boost for Texas, but then I read the link provided by #5. Nuff said. It's hilarious and perceptive. Must read. Thanks for that link on literary grounds alone.
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