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.
Jim 'N Nick's - Montgomery, Alabama
Alabama takes its barbecue pretty seriously, so it may come as a surprise that the winner of the 'Bama BBQ Bracket (yes, they have one of those) is a chain. Jim 'N Nick's isn't just any old chain, though. From their homemade BBQ chips to their addictive cheddar cornbread muffins, to their hickory-smoked pulled pork, everything at Jim ‘N Nick’s is made with pride in their product.
Credit: Jim ‘N Nick’s
What to Order: Pig on a Bun (otherwise known as a pulled pork sandwich) and as many baskets of cheddar cornbread muffins as you can stomach. Or try your pulled pork in a tortilla on Taco Tuesdays.