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.
Jones BBQ - Marianna, Arkansas
Started in 1910 by Walter Jones, this place is one of the oldest African-American owned restaurants in the country. Winner of the 2012 James Beard Foundation American Classics Award, the honor hasn’t changed Jones BBQ in the least – its meat is still smoked in the same cinder-block pit, and tended by James Jones, Walter's grandson. Jones serves it up old school for barbecue lovers, but be sure to get there early; when they’re out, they’re out.
What to Order: The pork shoulder, smoked to perfection.
Credit: Jones BBQ