BBQ is a way of life in the state of Alabama, where cuts of pork are barbecued over hickory, oak and pecan wood until smoky, tender and infused with spice. Pulled pork typically defines the genre but gets a unique spin from a local condiment: white sauce, a tangy whip of mayo, cider vinegar and lemon juice that adds acidity and richness to the soft meat. At Saw’s, a Birmingham institution since 2009, this meat-sauce combo is perfection on a bun.
Dining has changed dramatically in the past year, but despite recent shutdowns and restrictions on the service industry, the best food in America is stronger (and more interesting) than ever before. If you're packing up the car for one of the best U.S. road trips, be sure to pull over often to experience the regional specialties that make our 50 states so special. Cruising through Ohio? Tuck into a messy bowl of three-way chili. Heading south for the winter? Stop off for a traditional Cuban sandwich in Miami. Hungry in Idaho? A scoop of Huckleberry ice cream should do the trick. Consider this guide your road map to tasting your way through the best food in America, one dish at a time—from fresh seafood and decadent desserts to the best BBQ in America.