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.
Ward's - Sumter, S.C.
There are few reasons to find yourself in Sumter, South Carolina, but Ward’s is worth making a detour. Despite its strip mall exterior, Ward’s offers excellent Carolina-style barbecue, its vinegar-based sauce perfect for sopping up with a side of hush puppies fried to order.
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What to Order: Change things up by trying the hash (minced pig’s brain over rice) with a side of hush puppies and some sweet tea.