06/01/2012 07:42 am ET Updated Aug 01, 2012

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

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.

Best Cities for BBQ