BBQ in the South: A Foodie Tour Guide
The following suggestions are from a bona fide BBQ connoisseur, from Texas (so he knows BBQ), with a love for North Carolina's vinegar-based sauce. [Note: The suggestions are for the very best of the eastern part of the South, which includes Georgia, Tennessee, and both North and South Carolina. Texas is not included in this list.]
But before we get to the list, here are some BBQ facts you should know:
(1) BBQ should never be fancy. (2) The best BBQ comes out of an old building that looks like it will collapse at any moment, because of the years of smoke damage it has endured. (3) Putting a piece of meat on the grill, i.e. grilling, is not the same as barbecuing. Barbecuing requires indirect heat, wood smoke, and a lot of time. (4) The South is famous for having the best BBQ in the country, but it still varies greatly between and within states in style of cooking, marinating, and choice of meat.
And finally, for those who don't love food as much as we do (really?), there are great adventures throughout the South for you to enjoy as well, like white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, bird-watching, blues singing...
Tom Jenkins Bar-B-Q
1236 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
How could you not begin with this classic?
Fat Matt's Rib Shack
1811 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
1251 Market St., Chattanooga, TN 37402
Judge's Express - Hickory
1975 U.S. Highway 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602
328 W. Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Cooper's BBQ & Catering
109 E. Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601
Ole Time Barbecue
6309 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27606
733 U.S. Highway 70 W, Garner, NC 27529