In America, this might be more hotly debated than politics, religion, and sports combined. I’m talking about barbecue. Which state has the best barbecue? Who makes the best barbecue in each state? Is pork barbecue better than beef barbecue? Where does chicken fit in? And what about sides? It goes on and on.
Food & Wine decided to wade into the fray. At the risk of getting a lot of backlash from carnivores from coast to coast, the magazine has attempted to pick out the best barbecue restaurants in every state. Folks in Texas and Tennessee certainly have plenty to boast about, but we know what we’re doing here in the Carolinas.
In South Carolina, Food & Wine likes Midway BBQ in Buffalo, Big T Bar-B-Q in Gadsden, True BBQ and Hite’s BBQ in West Columbia, Sweatman’s Barbecue in Holly Hill, and Rodney Scott BBQ and Lewis Barbecue in Charleston.
The magazine’s picks in North Carolina are Skylight Inn in Ayden, Sam Jones BBQ in Winterville, Grady’s in Dudley, Lexington Barbecue in Lexington, and Hop’s Bar-B-Que in Asheboro.
I stand by my favorite: Bill Spoon’s Barbecue right here in Charlotte. You can see Food & Wine’s complete state-by-state recommendations HERE.