4 Crazy-Good Barbecue Joints

These spots are bound to satisfy your cookout cravings.

By Zach Patton

Nothing says summer like classic Southern barbecue. Here are four great spots for ribs, wings and all the fixings.

Kreuz Market

Lockhart, Texas

In the heart of Texas Hill Country thrives the town of Lockhart, the self-proclaimed “Barbecue Capital” of the state. Here you’ll find Kreuz Market, a family-owned hangout that for more than a century has been serving classic Texas pit barbecue, including beef brisket, smoked sausage and fall-off-the-bone ribs. One thing you won’t find, per local tradition, is sauce—but with meat this tender and flavorful, you won’t even miss it. 619 N. Colorado St.; 512-398-2361; kreuzmarket.com; dinner for two, $40*

Arthur Bryant’s

Kansas City, Missouri

Opened in 1930, Arthur Bryant’s is one of the most renowned barbecue restaurants on the planet. Fans have even included Robert Redford. Credit for all the love goes to the restaurant’s paprika-spiked barbecue sauce, along with its delectable “burnt ends,” a Kansas City specialty consisting of the crispy charred “bark” of the fatty tips of a beef brisket, served on white bread with pickles. 1727 Brooklyn Ave.; 816-231-1123; arthurbryantsbbq.com; dinner for two, $30

Central BBQ

Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis-style barbecue is all about pork. At Central BBQ that means succulent pulled pork that’s been covered in a proprietary dry rub and then smoked for 14 hours, as well as traditional Memphis ribs, which come either “dry,” no sauce, or “wet,” slathered in Central’s own sweet-tangy sauce. Another favorite: the award-winning chicken wings, which get soaked in hot sauce for up to two days before being slow-smoked and then flash-fried. 2249 Central Ave.; 901-272-9377; cbqmemphis.com; dinner for two, $35

Buxton Hall Barbecue

Asheville, North Carolina

A barbecue joint doesn’t have to be old-school to have serious cred. Buxton Hall, which opened in 2015, was named one of the best new restaurants in the country last year by Bon Appétit. Here, two James Beard–nominated chefs are grilling with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. This is eastern-Carolina-style barbecue, meaning the hogs are smoked whole and finished with a thin vinegar-pepper sauce. 32 Banks Ave.; 828-232-7216; buxtonhall.com; dinner for two, $35

  • *Estimated meal prices do not include drinks, tax, or tip.
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  • Published: June 2017