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Old 06-27-2008, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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What's wrong with BBQ chicken? BBQ beef ribs are great too! Tons o' meat and sauce.
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Old 06-27-2008, 07:24 PM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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Default Howdy, Pardner

The best 'cue in America?? It's in Texas.
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Old 06-27-2008, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Well Chicago has mostly what I call lower Mississippi Valley style BBQ. On account of all the folks that came up from western Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. There are many good rib joints in town, you'd have a hard time finding bad ribs. The BBQ at Buddy Guy's joint on Wabash was good the last time I was in there; the cook was an old guy from the West Side of Chicago by way of the Mississippi Delta.
I thoroughly disagree that you'll have a hard time finding bad ribs in Chicago. While there are some good rib shacks in town, they all borrow from Southern traditions. The "indigenous" Chicago-style ribs are the laughing stock of the barbecue world. They are often steamed (sometimes even boiled!) to make the meat very soft, then finished on a grill (or baked!) with barbecue sauce applied in the finishing process. The result is meat so mushy (not to mention completely devoid of taste) that you could literally take your dentures out and chew it with your gums. This is what most Chicagoans think of when you say "ribs", this is the style in which they are most often prepared here, and this is what you get at our most vaunted rib places like Gale Street Inn, Carson's and Twin Anchors.
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Old 06-27-2008, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Actually, Memphis is famous for its dry rub bbq--no sauce--particularly at The Rendezvous in downtown Memphis.

As for the sauce they do use when they use sauce, Memphis is known for a sweet, slightly peppery sauce, not a vinegar-based sauce.
While not as vinegar-y as Carolina-type sauces, Memphis-style sauce is still quite tangy and not nearly as sweet as KC-type sauce, which is the style basis for most mass-produced BBQ sauces available in grocery stores.
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Old 06-28-2008, 02:01 AM
 
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There may be better BBQ elsewhere but the best I've had is in Kansas City. Both Arthur Bryant's and Gates are delicious and you get huge helpings. Plus the in-house BBQ sauce is nice and spicy and tangy, not like the sickly sweet goo that populates all the grocery store shelves.
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Old 06-28-2008, 02:29 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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In my yard, period.
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Old 06-28-2008, 07:22 AM
 
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Authur Bryant's and Gates are okay, but by KC standards, they're about average. They just get the most publicity.
As for what type of meat should be BBQ'd, as far as I'm concerned, pour sauce on anything and I'll consider it BBQ. But then, I'm no aficionado. I like BBQ mac&cheese for crying out loud, but worcestershire sauce tastes a little better on it.
The absolute best BBQ I've ever had, though, was on a farm in the middle of nowhere. Those people should have seriously considered going in the restaurant business.
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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my favorite is NC style. love the vinegar sauce. never been a big fan of super sweet sauce. I lived in memphis and did like the dry rub though. you brunswick stew fans, they can't confirm where it was invented. both georgia and virginia have made the claims for inventing it!
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Old 06-28-2008, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I don't live there or near there (even though I live in the state) but I have to say Memphis based on business trips over the past 13 years. I like Kansas City, too, but it's Memphis for ribs.
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Old 06-28-2008, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Various
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I like BBQs on a cold afternoon, so I'd have to say Alaska is the best place for a summer BBQ.
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