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Last week, I wrote about one chef’s favorite barbecue spots that managed to become a referendum on the best places to eat BBQ in the country. In came the comments, fast and furious.
I’ve learned a lot this week. For one thing, I now know that I need to take a serious barbecue tour around the United States, namely Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina and Texas. I also now know that getting a favorite barbecue list from just one person is not a good idea. One last thing I now know is how the NFL replacement officials were feeling.
Enough about me. Let’s hear from you. People shouted out their favorite places in the commentary. These five got the most love and some noteworthy sound bites.
Arthur Bryant's - Kansas City, Missouri
Wilber's Barbecue - Goldsboro, North Carolina
Creekers - Elizabethton, Tennessee
The Salt Lick - Driftwood, Texas
As I prepare to start my barbecue education, I’ve found an event that can help me. This year’s 15th annual Southern Foodways Symposium, in and around Oxford, Mississippi, October 19–21, celebrates all things BBQ, including those all-important pitmasters.
John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance - the University of Mississippi-based organization that digs deep on Southern food culture - provided me with a list of the barbecue royalty who will be there. They represent the state of BBQ accomplishment these days and NOT necessarily John T.’s favorites.
We still probably missed your favorite. Yell at us in the comments below.
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Note - Pictured above is Helen Turner and a sandwich of hers at Helen's Bar-B-Q in Brownsville, Tennessee.
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