Jackie Hite's Bar-B-Q, Leesville, SC
Jackie Hite started his barbecue career serving up hog with his dad at the local Fireman's Ball. Since then, he's had quite a career — as the fire chief and a three-term mayor. But these days he serves up ribs with his politics on the side. "Hite cooks whole hogs on cinder block pits over hickory, and if you are lucky, you can get a slab with all the meat and crackling skin on top slathered with their extraordinary mustard-based sauce. Nothing like 'em anywhere," says Meathead Goldwyn.