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Top U.S. Cities For Finger-Lickin' BBQ (PHOTOS)

Posted: 06/01/2012 7:00 am

America is a melting pot, and barbecue, that most American of foods, is just as diverse.

You might be tempted to spend the summer grilling in your backyard, but when there are so many different kinds of smoked meats to try from sea to shining sea, why not explore all of the true BBQ that America has to offer?

From dry rub in Memphis to vinegar-based sauces in North Carolina to brisket with a ring of smoke in Texas, you'll get a little bit of everything as your crisscross the map.

Here are some of ShermansTravel's favorite cities for indulging in BBQ.

Austin & Lockhart, Texas
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Austin: Texas’ state capital. Lockhart: The BBQ Capital of Texas. There is little doubt to that claim with Smitty’s Market and Kreuz Market located in this BBQ-obsessed town just 30 miles outside of Austin. Kreuz is BBQ at its most elemental: sausages, made in-house, served on brown butcher paper. No sauce, no sides. Back in town, the current reigning champ is Franklin Barbecue in East Austin. Lines form early here (seriously, go at 11am, lest they run out) for the beef brisket, which is cooked low and very slow – for eighteen hours, in fact. Seasoned only with salt and pepper, the brisket is nearly matched by the pork ribs, which have a “secret seasoning” that verges on criminally addictive.

Photo: Franklin Barbecue
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