Barbeque is an art form. And depending on who you ask, folks have their own way of making it. Especially across the South – the methods are as varied as the regions they hail from. Every year, Southern Living asks its readers to vote on some of the South’s best restaurants and this year’s list for best BBQ places in the South doesn’t disappoint.
This obviously isn’t a comprehensive list. These are just the places that SL’s readers picked out and voted on. You’ll have to let us know which of your favorite places got left off!
Southern Soul Barbeque in St. Simons Island, GA
This coastal institution has grabbed the top spot for the last three years in a row and it’s not really hard to see why. They’ve got everything. And they make sure everything is perfect. And if the menu regulars aren’t enough to get you excited, check out the specials board. Basically, what we’re saying is that you probably wouldn’t hate anything you got here.
Lexington Barbecue in Lexington, North Carolina
These guys are no stranger to claiming the top spot in the country for barbeque. They’ve gotten several nods, including best barbeque in North Carolina.
Dreamland Bar-B-Que in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
You might have heard of them outside of Tuscaloosa, and you’re right. They’ve got 10 locations across the Southeast. People all over can’t get enough of their ribs, but you can’t leave without at least trying the white sauce.
Mac's Barbeque in Skiatook, Oklahoma
There’s something to be said about sticking to the basics and making it work. And these guys have been doing that (and winning awards) since 1985. And if that doesn’t impress you, just look at their combos.
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Atlanta, Georgia
If you ever been to Atlanta and haven’t had a meal at this place, you haven’t been to Atlanta. Fox Bros. started as a catering business that quickly developed into one of the city’s go-to BBQ joint.
Franklin Barbeque in Austin, Texas
What barbeque list would be complete without Texas barbeque? And the SL readers agree. And apparently they’re waiting three hours sometimes to get a plate at Franklin Barbeque. Is it worth it? Just look at these plates.
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Headed back to Portland for @feastportland September 15th | Tickets on sale at 11am central | 9am PST …………………………………………………. Longtime Feast friend and honorary Portlander Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue, Austin) comes to Portland (with his world renowned brisket in his carry-on) to hook up with the local heroes of Portland’s burgeoning barbecue scene. Aaron will be joined by Matt Vicedomini (Matt’s BBQ, Portland) and Rodney Muirhead (Podnah’s Barbeque, Portland) for what’s sure to be every meat lover’s wildest and smokiest dream. Sides will be masterminded by Portland rising star Maya Lovelace (Yonder, Portland), our current queen of Southern-inspired food. https://www.feastportland.com/event/franklin-barbecue-and-friends/
The Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, Texas
What’s better than one Texas BBQ place? Two of course! And this place isn’t your average BBQ place. They’ve got a cellar, private dining rooms and an actual mansion.
B's Barbecue in Greenville, North Carolina
This place is a local legend. They’re only open for lunch they’re are as casual as you can get. If you want to try and grab a plate, get there early, cause they can and do sell out.