America's best states for BBQ ranked

Credit: TripAdvisor

Credit: TripAdvisor

The hotly debated topic is sure to drum up controversy, but here's the travel website's take on how BBQ stacks up across the US.

Top 10 U.S. states for barbecue

1. Tennessee

2. Texas

3. Missouri

4. North Carolina

5. Georgia

6. Florida

7. South Carolina

8. California

9. Virginia

10. New York

Top 10 BBQ Restaurants2 in the U.S.

1. Joe's BBQ - Blue Ridge, Georgia

“Nestled in the mountains of northern Georgia, this cabin-style restaurant claims to be a small place with big taste.”

2. Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que - Kansas City, Kansas

“Home to some of America's best ribs and signature creations including the Hog Heaven sandwich, the original Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que is uniquely located within a gas station.”

3. Bogart's Smokehouse - Saint Louis, Missouri

“From apricot brûléed ribs to pastrami smoked over apple and cherrywood, this Gateway City favorite serves deliciously inventive spins on classic smokehouse fare.”

4. Reuben's Smokehouse - Fort Myers, Florida

“On the menu, travelers will find a tantalizing selection of smoky meats and tempting sides including sweet molasses baked beans and savory cheesy mac.”

5. Andy Nelson's Southern Pit BBQ - Cockeysville, Maryland

“Located less than 20 miles north of Baltimore, this popular joint founded by local football legend Andy Nelson serves a medley of mouthwatering meats including Memphis-style ribs and Dixie chicken.”

6. Captain's BBQ - Palm Coast, Florida

“Accessible by land or sea, al fresco dining is a popular option at this barbecue joint located along the Intracoastal Highway.”

7.  HogsHead Café - Richmond, Virginia

“With an unassuming strip mall location, this place packs a flavorful punch.”

8. Buck's Smokehouse - Destin, Florida

“After spending nearly 20 years catering local events, Mike 'Buck' Buckingham opened this Gulf Coast smokehouse that quickly attracted many passionate patrons.”

9. Franklin Barbecue - Austin, Texas

“Recently named the best chef in the Southwest by the James Beard Foundation, Aaron Franklin has amassed quite a following for his namesake Austin joint where guests wait hours for a chance to chow down.”

10. Pappy's Smokehouse - Saint Louis, Missouri

“In midtown Saint Louis, carnivorous customers can get their fill of Memphis-style ribs, pulled pork, and brisket at this joint that smokes its dry-rubbed meats for 14 hours over sweet cherry wood.”

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