By Allana Akhtar
July 27, 2018

Beef or pork? Wet or dry? Vinegar- or tomato-based sauce? No matter the particular debate, barbecue riles up Americans like no other food.

Different American regions created their own flavors and specialties over the years. North Carolina boasts the “Lexington Style” — pork shoulder slathered in a tomato-based sauce — while South Carolina uses mustard-based sauces for the whole hog. Central Texas gives you slow-cooked brisket, while Kansas City will deliver the cut’s burnt ends. And Brooklyn, well, offers something entirely different.

To toss a little salt in the fire, MONEY partnered with Yelp to find the best-loved barbecue joint in every state. All the businesses on this list are in the “BBQ” category on Yelp, and “Best” is measured using an algorithm that looks at the number of reviews and star rating for a business.

Here is the best place to get barbecue in every state.


Meat Boss
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Alabama: Meat Boss

Mobile


Alaska: Firehouse BBQ

Soldotna


Arizona: Little Miss BBQ

Phoenix


Wright’s BBQ
courtesy of Wright's BBQ

Arkansas: Wright’s Barbecue

Johnson


California: Prunedale Market

Salinas


Colorado: Brad’s Pit BBQ

Littleton


Connecticut: The Pig Rig BBQ

Wallingford


Delaware: Russell’s Quality Food

Wilmington


Florida: Hate Mondays Tavern

Miami


Georgia: Jim’s Smokin Que

Blairsville


Sunset Smokehouse
Photograph by Thomas Obungen—Frolic Hawaii

Hawaii: Sunset Smokehouse

Wahiawa


Idaho: Lunch Box Deli & BBQ

Lewiston


Illinois: Chicago Culinary Kitchen

Palatine


Indiana: Hank’s Smoked Briskets

Indianapolis


Flying Mango
courtesy of Flying Mango

Iowa: Flying Mango

Des Moines


Joe's Kansas City BBQ
courtesy of Joe's Kansas City BBQ

Kansas: Joe’s Kansas City BBQ

Kansas City


Kentucky: Pollo Bandido

Frankfort


Chopped Brisket Loaded Potato, Cou-yon¹s Cajun Bar-B-Q
David Gallent

Louisiana: Cou-yon’s

Port Allen


Maine: Smokey B’s Gin Mill

Ogunquit


Maryland: Pioneer Pit Beef

Windsor Mill


Massachusetts: Pruller Restaurant

Marlborough


Michigan: Great Lakes Sandwich Co & Cafe

Flint


Minnesota: FireBox Deli

Minneapolis


Mississippi: Bully’s Restaurant

Jackson


Scott’s Kitchen
courtesy of Scott's Kitchen

Missouri: Scott’s Kitchen

Kansas City


Follow Yer Nose Smoke Shack
Cole Henson

Montana: Follow Yer’ Nose BBQ

Emigrant


Smokin Stan’s BBQ
courtesy of Smokin Stan's BBQ

Nebraska: Smokin Stan’s BBQ

Norfolk


Nevada: Sparks and Smoke BBQ

Reno


New Hampshire: Smokeshow Barbeque

Concord


Welcome to the South BBQ
courtesy of Welcome to the South

New Jersey: Welcome to the South BBQ

Pleasantville


New Mexico: Watson’s BBQ

Tucumcari


Ribs at Revenge BBQ
courtesy of Revenge BBQ

New York: Revenge BBQ

Irvington


Ribs and Brisket Combo, Haywood Smokehouse
courtesy of Haywood Smokehouse

North Carolina: Haywood Smokehouse

Dillsboro


North Dakota: Taylor Made BBQ

Mandan


Midwest BBQ & Creamery
courtesy of Midwest BBQ & Creamery

Ohio: Midwest Best BBQ & Creamery

Camp Dennison


Rustler’s BBQ
courtesy of Rustler's BBQ

Oklahoma: Rustlers BBQ

Henryetta


Oregon: Matt’s BBQ

Portland


Jesse Barbecue & Local Market
courtesy of Jesse Barbecue & Local Market

Pennsylvania: Jesse’s Barbecue & Local Market

Souderton


Rhode Island: Binge BBQ

Newport


South Carolina: JK’s House of Ribs

Manning


Brisket Sandwich, Dakota BBQ
courtesy of Dakota BBQ

South Dakota: Dakota BBQ

Custer


Tennessee: Delauder’s BBQ

Gatlinburg


Kat’s BBQ
Zion Worldwide

Texas: Kat’s Barbecue

Santa Fe


Utah: Idk Barbecue

Tropic


Vermont: Black Diamond Barbeque

Morrisville


Virginia: Sam’s Texas Sub Shop

Norfolk


Country Boy’s Southern Style BBQ
courtesy of Country Boy's Southern Style BBQ

Washington: Country Boy’s BBQ

Cashmere


West Virginia: Dem 2 Brothers & a Grill

Charleston


Wisconsin: Ono Kine Grindz

Wauwatosa


Wyoming: Fat Racks BBQ

Cody

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