Consistently ranked among the nation’s top BBQ joints, this smokehouse epitomizes the Kansas City style: slow-smoked meats slathered in a thick, sweet, tomato-and-molasses-based sauce. Kansas City—on both its Kansas and Missouri sides—is chockablock with excellent BBQ spots, but Joe’s is a (two-) statewide favorite. Don’t miss the iconic pulled pork and beef brisket, or, if you can’t decide between the two, go for the Smoky Joe, which combines both on a soft oversized bun.
Few native food traditions are as robust as America’s obsession with barbecue: highly seasoned, long-smoked meats that arrive on the plate tender, juicy and irresistible. BBQ has its roots in the South, but luckily for meat lovers everywhere, authentic smokehouses have proliferated across the nation. While it’s possible to find barbecue-style dishes at the best diners in America, the best steakhouses in America and even at the best brunch restaurants in America, when the craving strikes we go straight to the source. From roadside shacks to sprawling eateries serving saucy smoked ribs, brisket and pulled pork, here are the best BBQ restaurants in America.