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.