Here’s the 10 best BBQ places in the South this year, according to Southern Living readers

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.

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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.

4 Rivers Smokehouse in Winter Park, Florida

Yeah, we know what you’re thinking: Barbeque in Florida? But they’re doing some amazing stuff, mixing Memphis and Carolina styles and taking their time to get it right.

 

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Saturday the Smokehouse way.
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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.

 

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Enough with the decision making! Just get a little bit of everything.
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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.

 

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What’s your favorite combo?! #macsbbq #okiebbq
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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.

 

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Montreal smoked pork belly Burnt Ends in a mustard glaze. For our #CueCrawl for @chswineandfood
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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.

 

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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.

 

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Nothing better than timing B’s just right on a Friday. #proudpirate #bsbbq
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Central BBQ in Memphis, Tennessee

How could there be any list of good Southern BBQ and not mention Memphis? Don’t worry, it’s here. And this place is so good, they’ve opened four locations across the city for folks to get their fix.

 

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