While plenty of people have documented their journeys to all the Major League stadiums, theme parks, national parks, monuments, and presidential assassination destinations across this great land, we can think of no better adventure to take with your friends and family than finding the best, most unique, and authentically American barbecue eateries in the country. These are the places that serve the best brisket, ribs, and pulled pork, all in their own different, and largely regional styles. From New York to the midwest, the dirty south, Texas, and all the way to the west coast, whether they use lots of sauce or dry rub, the one thing all of these joints have in common is that they're all places meat lovers should make the trip to visit.
Franklin Barbecue - Austin, Texas
Austin has enough good barbecue to keep you there for at least a week. But if you only have time to try one, better make it Franklin. Everybody has heard of Franklin BBQ, and for good reason – of all the overhyped barbecue joints, Franklin is one of the only ones to deserve the hype. Franklin BBQ began in 2009 as a trailer, but grew quickly to compete with the superstars of the Texas Barbecue Belt.
Credit: Franklin Barbecue
What to Order: A Mexican Coke, the Tipsy Texan (pulled pork, sausage, brisket, and chopped beef), and a banana-bourbon pie for dessert.