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.
Smitty’s Market - Lockhart, Texas
If you want to literally see how the sausage is made, Smitty’s is the place for you. A stronghold in the Central Texas Barbecue Belt, Smitty’s is located in the same warehouse where the meat is made, smoked, and served. Customers line up to order in the actual smokehouse, where they watch pitmasters serve up all manner of meat out of their brick pits.
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What to Order: Now that you know how the sausage is made, try the hot links.