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The 16 Hottest Barbecue Restaurants in the US Right Now

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As you celebrate this great land this week, perhaps you will take some time to indulge in that most American of foods: barbecue. America is going through a bit of a smoked meats renaissance these days, with barbecue spots opening in places that would've been unheard of just a few years ago (looking at you, New York City).

Below, Eater rounds up 16 of the hottest new smoked meat palaces that have opened in the past year, from traditional Texas-style brisket (John Mueller Meat Co. in Austin, Briskettown in New York, Bludso's in LA) to smoked tofu (yes, smoked tofu) outside of Louisville at Feast BBQ. There's pulled pork in Nashville from Peg Leg Porker, smoked chicken wings in Minneapolis from Smoke in the Pit, and smoked meatloaf at Rollin Smoke in Vegas. And now, without further ado, on to the Eater Barbecue Heat Map; these restaurants are listed in alphabetical order.

There is no way to make everyone (or possible anyone) happy with a barbecue list, but please do air your grievances/overlooked restaurants in the comments below.


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1. Bludso's Bar & Que

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609 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 931-2583
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Bludso's is a joint venture between a Compton Texas-style barbecue restaurant and LA gastropub Golden State. Here they serve nearly every type of smoked meat under the sun alongside solid cocktails and a variety of sweets and sides. [Photo]

2. BrisketTown

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359 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 701-8909
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Daniel Delaney went to Texas to learn how to smoke meat, and when he went back to Brooklyn he lugged a smoker behind his car the whole way. Briskettown is his original, although he also now has Smokeline in Manhattan. As the name implies, this is straight up Texas-style. And do check IsThereMeatLeft.com before you go so there are no disappointments. [Photo]

3. Feast BBQ

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116 W Main St
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 920-0454
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After Feast BBQ opened outside of Louisville about a year ago, it became known for its barbecue tofu, of all things. Of course, they also serve the more traditional stuff (pulled pork and chicken, brisket) alongside a healthy beer selection and a bourbon of the week. [Photo]

4. The Granary

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602 Avenue a
San Antonio, TX 78215
(210) 228-0124
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Traditional Texas barbecue by night, totally insane modernist-ish composed plates with "barbecue flavors from around the world" at night, the Granary is possibly like no other place in the country. Do not sleep on the beer selection, either; beer is taken very, very seriously in these parts. [Photo]

5. The Greater Good BBQ

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(770) 908-8164
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The Greater Good opened a little less than a year ago in Tucker, Georgia with smoked meats and a motto: "Barbecue, beer, good times." Look for Carolina-style pork sandwiches, burnt ends and pimento cheese barbecue potato skins (yes, really). [Photo]

6. John Mueller Meat Company

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2500 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 571-6509
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The man, the myth, the legend John Mueller is serving up his famous beef ribs in a new location, now on East Sixth Street. If you're good, he might give you a beer while you wait in line. [Photo]

7. Kansas City SmokeShack BBQ

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900 Swift Ave
North Kansas City, MO 64116
(816) 416-8100
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Opened by a father-and-son team in North Kansas City, SmokeShack focuses on sandwiches with KC-style smoked meats. Pro tip: get your order to go and take it next door to Big Rip brewery for some beers [Photo]

8. Killen's BBQ

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(281) 485-0844
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Ronnie Killen started Killen's BBQ as a weekend pop-up outside of his Houston steakhouse. Word got out about the quality of brisket, short ribs, pork ribs and sausage coming out of Killen's smoker, and soon lines were forming. Now Killen has plans for a permanent barbecue restaurant in an old school cafeteria; look out for a late Summer opening, but in the mean time the pop-up's still smoking. [Photo]

9. La Barbecue Cuisine Texicana

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1502 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 605-9696
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La Barbecue — which is owned by Leigh Ann Mueller — owes its fame to pitmaster John Lewis' tricked out smoker. Get your brisket, beef ribs, and house made sausage complete with live music on the weekends. [Photo]

10. Micklethwait Craft Meats

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1309 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702
The newest of Austin's new school barbecue spots, Micklethwait serves an East Side crowd out of a vintage food truck painted with a giant acorn on the side. You are coming here for the smoked sausage, with both traditional and more creative styles that vary depending on the day. [Photo]

11. Mighty Quinn's BBQ

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103 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-3733
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A casual barbecue restaurant in New York City's East Village that got two stars from the New York Times? Yes, please. Mighty Quinn is so hot they're already opening a second location, despite only opening the first one in December. The "Texalina" style barbecue features brisket, beef ribs, pulled pork, and more. [Photo]

12. Peg Leg Porker

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904 Gleaves Street
Nashville, TN
(615) 829-6023
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Nashville pitmaster Carey Bringle's first brick-and-mortar, Peg Leg Porker opened in April serving up whole hog sandwiches, and dry and wet ribs. The restaurant's name refers to the fact that Bringle lost a leg during cancer treatments as a teenager; the logo for the restaurant is a peg-legged pig and their motto is "Limpin' ain't easy." [Photo]

13. Rollin Smoke Barbeque

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3185 S. Highland Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 738-4558
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A catering company that just opened its first brick-and-mortar in April, Rollin Smoke serves every iteration of barbecue you can imagine, from brisket to pulled pork to smoked meatloaf to something called a barbecue sundae. Don't worry: this being Vegas, there's an all-you-can-eat option. [Photo]

14. The Slow Bone

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2234 Irving Blvd
Dallas, Tx 75207
(214) 377-7727
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The Slow Bone, a new barbecue concept from Jack Perkins of Maple & Motor fame, was hotly anticipated prior to its April opening and buzz has only built since. This is Texas so there's obviously brisket and sausage, but Slow Bone also does service to baby back and St. Louis-style ribs. [Photo]

15. Smoke In The Pit

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3733 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-315-3145
Smoked chicken wings are the order at this takeout restaurant in Minneapolis' Powderhorn neighborhood. Also on offer: ribs, brisket and (sure, why not) fried catfish. [Photo]

16. Wilson's BBQ

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4904 Devonshire Ave
St. Louis, MO 63109
This tiny take out restaurant from chef Debra Wilson serves saucy St. Louis-style barbecue. Wilson has a background in non-barbecue restaurants as well and as such doesn't skimp on the sides, earning raves from the Riverfront Times for her mac 'n cheese and her deceptively simple-looking cake. [Photo]

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1. Bludso's Bar & Que

609 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Bludso's is a joint venture between a Compton Texas-style barbecue restaurant and LA gastropub Golden State. Here they serve nearly every type of smoked meat under the sun alongside solid cocktails and a variety of sweets and sides. [Photo]
609 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

2. BrisketTown

359 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Daniel Delaney went to Texas to learn how to smoke meat, and when he went back to Brooklyn he lugged a smoker behind his car the whole way. Briskettown is his original, although he also now has Smokeline in Manhattan. As the name implies, this is straight up Texas-style. And do check IsThereMeatLeft.com before you go so there are no disappointments. [Photo]
359 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

3. Feast BBQ

116 W Main St, New Albany, IN 47150
After Feast BBQ opened outside of Louisville about a year ago, it became known for its barbecue tofu, of all things. Of course, they also serve the more traditional stuff (pulled pork and chicken, brisket) alongside a healthy beer selection and a bourbon of the week. [Photo]
116 W Main St
New Albany, IN 47150

4. The Granary

602 Avenue a, San Antonio, TX 78215
Traditional Texas barbecue by night, totally insane modernist-ish composed plates with "barbecue flavors from around the world" at night, the Granary is possibly like no other place in the country. Do not sleep on the beer selection, either; beer is taken very, very seriously in these parts. [Photo]
602 Avenue a
San Antonio, TX 78215

5. The Greater Good BBQ

Tucker, GA 30084
The Greater Good opened a little less than a year ago in Tucker, Georgia with smoked meats and a motto: "Barbecue, beer, good times." Look for Carolina-style pork sandwiches, burnt ends and pimento cheese barbecue potato skins (yes, really). [Photo]

6. John Mueller Meat Company

2500 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
The man, the myth, the legend John Mueller is serving up his famous beef ribs in a new location, now on East Sixth Street. If you're good, he might give you a beer while you wait in line. [Photo]
2500 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

7. Kansas City SmokeShack BBQ

900 Swift Ave, North Kansas City, MO 64116
Opened by a father-and-son team in North Kansas City, SmokeShack focuses on sandwiches with KC-style smoked meats. Pro tip: get your order to go and take it next door to Big Rip brewery for some beers [Photo]
900 Swift Ave
North Kansas City, MO 64116

8. Killen's BBQ

Pearland, TX
Ronnie Killen started Killen's BBQ as a weekend pop-up outside of his Houston steakhouse. Word got out about the quality of brisket, short ribs, pork ribs and sausage coming out of Killen's smoker, and soon lines were forming. Now Killen has plans for a permanent barbecue restaurant in an old school cafeteria; look out for a late Summer opening, but in the mean time the pop-up's still smoking. [Photo]

9. La Barbecue Cuisine Texicana

1502 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
La Barbecue — which is owned by Leigh Ann Mueller — owes its fame to pitmaster John Lewis' tricked out smoker. Get your brisket, beef ribs, and house made sausage complete with live music on the weekends. [Photo]
1502 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

10. Micklethwait Craft Meats

1309 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702
The newest of Austin's new school barbecue spots, Micklethwait serves an East Side crowd out of a vintage food truck painted with a giant acorn on the side. You are coming here for the smoked sausage, with both traditional and more creative styles that vary depending on the day. [Photo]
1309 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702

11. Mighty Quinn's BBQ

103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
A casual barbecue restaurant in New York City's East Village that got two stars from the New York Times? Yes, please. Mighty Quinn is so hot they're already opening a second location, despite only opening the first one in December. The "Texalina" style barbecue features brisket, beef ribs, pulled pork, and more. [Photo]
103 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

12. Peg Leg Porker

904 Gleaves Street, Nashville, TN
Nashville pitmaster Carey Bringle's first brick-and-mortar, Peg Leg Porker opened in April serving up whole hog sandwiches, and dry and wet ribs. The restaurant's name refers to the fact that Bringle lost a leg during cancer treatments as a teenager; the logo for the restaurant is a peg-legged pig and their motto is "Limpin' ain't easy." [Photo]
904 Gleaves Street
Nashville, TN

13. Rollin Smoke Barbeque

3185 S. Highland Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109
A catering company that just opened its first brick-and-mortar in April, Rollin Smoke serves every iteration of barbecue you can imagine, from brisket to pulled pork to smoked meatloaf to something called a barbecue sundae. Don't worry: this being Vegas, there's an all-you-can-eat option. [Photo]
3185 S. Highland Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89109

14. The Slow Bone

2234 Irving Blvd, Dallas, Tx 75207
The Slow Bone, a new barbecue concept from Jack Perkins of Maple & Motor fame, was hotly anticipated prior to its April opening and buzz has only built since. This is Texas so there's obviously brisket and sausage, but Slow Bone also does service to baby back and St. Louis-style ribs. [Photo]
2234 Irving Blvd
Dallas, Tx 75207

15. Smoke In The Pit

3733 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Smoked chicken wings are the order at this takeout restaurant in Minneapolis' Powderhorn neighborhood. Also on offer: ribs, brisket and (sure, why not) fried catfish. [Photo]
3733 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

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16. Wilson's BBQ

4904 Devonshire Ave, St. Louis, MO 63109
This tiny take out restaurant from chef Debra Wilson serves saucy St. Louis-style barbecue. Wilson has a background in non-barbecue restaurants as well and as such doesn't skimp on the sides, earning raves from the Riverfront Times for her mac 'n cheese and her deceptively simple-looking cake. [Photo]
4904 Devonshire Ave
St. Louis, MO 63109

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