50 States of Barbecue

The American South is rich in culinary history, and slow-smoked meat might just be its greatest export. While Southerners have been smoking livestock since the Colonial days, barbecue has spread well beyond the Mason-Dixon line to states as far afield as Alaska and Hawaii. From traditional Carolina whole hog to Hill Country brisket to Memphis ribs, here are the best barbecue joints in every U.S. state.

West Virginia: Dee Jay’s BBQ Ribs & Grille
Polynesia meets Memphis at this Weirton, West Virginia, tiki and sports bar — consider it a lesson in mixing multiple opposing forces. Just about an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh, Dee Jay’s is renowned for its award-winning ribs that are so satisfying that current and former Penguins, Steelers and Pirates players are often spotted in the dining room with barbecue sauce smeared across their cheeks. Tender baby backs are trimmed, then slow-cooked with hickory until they nearly fall off the bone. Those robust smoky aromas are complemented with a sweet and zesty barbecue sauce.

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