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It’s Week Three of the NFL season and Week Four of the NCAA football season, which means that everyone should be focused like a laser on their tailgate menus. And one thing most tailgaters will have learned somewhere along the road is that barbecuing is generally best not done hodgepodge in a parking lot - it should be left to the experts.
At Food & Wine, we don’t spend enough time on the barbecue trail (we also don’t spend enough time tailgating). We tapped a new BBQ authority, Tiffani Faison, the chef and owner of the terrific Sweet Cheeks in Boston, to give us a list of her go-to spots.
Faison, who’s of course a New England Patriots tailgaiter, gave us this list based on extensive research she did before she opened up Sweet Cheeks. It’s a list that’s handy whether you’re planning your next tailgate - a lot of these places have online stores - or now feeling hungry enough to plan your own barbecue road trip this fall.
Note: This list is in no particular order. Do not assume Faison thinks Lockhart, Texas, is home to the country’s number one barbecue spot.
Franklin Barbecue - Austin, Texas
Meshack's Bar-B-Que - Garland, Texas
Phillips Barbecue (on Crenshaw) - Inglewood, California
Hill Country Barbecue - New York City and Washington, DC
Did Tiffani hit or miss your favorite barbecue joint? Let us know in the comments below!
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Note - the pork pictured above is from Carter Bros. BBQ in High Point, North Carolina. It's goooood.
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