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MellowRoast

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Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Tue, 12/24/13 12:47 AM (permalink)
I was blindsided by this one, as I thought KC would surely be in there.
 
Top 5 Barbecue Cities in U.S.:
 
http://www.tfponline.com/news/2013/dec/24/big-five/
 
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    Twinwillow

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    Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Tue, 12/24/13 2:13 AM (permalink)
    Obviously, the author  of that article has never been to Austin, Texas.
     
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      cavandre

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      Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Tue, 12/24/13 7:35 AM (permalink)
      The article was just about quantity, not quality.
       
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        buffetbuster

        Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Tue, 12/24/13 7:44 AM (permalink)
        I'm sure it is too small to make this list, but doesn't Lexington, NC have more barbecue parlors per people than any other city/town?
         
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          wanderingjew

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          Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Tue, 12/24/13 8:28 AM (permalink)
          buffetbuster


          I'm sure it is too small to make this list, but doesn't Lexington, NC have more barbecue parlors per people than any other city/town?


          Does Lexington even have 10,000 residents?
           
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            MetroplexJim

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            Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Tue, 12/24/13 8:35 AM (permalink)
            Looks like the Business Editor of a Chattanooga newspaper ran out of things to write about.  He needs to take a cold shower in Ruby Falls. 
             
            There are more restaurant seats in the Metroplex than any other city in the world.  Big deal; so what? 
             
            Tell me about the food.  I've had worse. 
            Tell me about the ambiance.  Well, most of those seats are filled by loud-talking men, screaming children, and cackling women.
             
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            Here's my five BBQ Cities, food-wise:
             
            1)  Goldsboro, NC
            2)  Greater Austin, TX
            3)  Kansas City, MO
            4)  Memphis, TN
            5)  Lexington, NC
             
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              Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Tue, 12/24/13 11:20 AM (permalink)
              Oh, good grief! Lexington, NC even has an annual BBQ Festival for goodness sake. I'd like to tell that editor to get off his duff and travel around a bit.
               
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                Big_g

                Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Tue, 12/24/13 12:41 PM (permalink)
                Boy o boy did he miss it!
                 
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                  JRPfeff

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                  Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Tue, 12/24/13 1:26 PM (permalink)
                  Atlanta, 3.7 restaurants per 10,000 residents x 443,775 = 164 barbecue restaurants in Atlanta.
                   
                  YP.com lists well over 164 restaurants under barbecue in Atlanta. But that includes a large number of "Wings" and Soul Food restaurants, as well as Outback Steakhouse & Chili's, etc. It also includes suburbs, the metro area and the rest of Georgia.
                   
                  I think this guy's math is way off.
                  <message edited by JRPfeff on Tue, 12/24/13 1:35 PM>
                   
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                    mayor al

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                    Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Tue, 12/24/13 2:06 PM (permalink)
                    I think he works for one or all of the Florida restaurant associations...His bias is certainly geographically evident.
                     
                    Kansas City and Austin (Metro areas in both cases) gain far more recognition for both quantity AND quality than does Tampa or Orlando, Orlando is the center of the universe for chain restaurants.
                     
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                      QFan

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                      Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Tue, 12/24/13 3:29 PM (permalink)
                      As soon as I read the title of the post (before I even clicked on the link), I ticked off mentally my top 5. They were identical to Metroplex Jim's!
                      The author is another one who apparently thinks bar-b-que is something you do on your deck w/ hamburgers, bratwurst, etc.
                      QFan
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                        MetroplexJim

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                        Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Tue, 12/24/13 4:42 PM (permalink)
                        QFan


                        As soon as I read the title of the post (before I even clicked on the link), I ticked off mentally my top 5. They were identical to Metroplex Jim's!
                        The author is another one who apparently thinks bar-b-que is something you do on your deck w/ hamburgers, bratwurst, etc.
                        QFan
                        Bonita Springs, FL


                        And after I read JRPfeff's analysis of "BBQ" restaurants in Atlanta I thought to comment about the apparent confusion of smoking and "grilling", but QFan beat me to it! 
                         
                        Evidently, it is true that:  "Great minds ... "
                         
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                          myterry2

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                          Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Wed, 12/25/13 9:18 AM (permalink)
                          Anything with a vinegar base sauce is out of my list...just not real BBQ sauce.
                           
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                            Big_g

                            Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Wed, 12/25/13 9:59 AM (permalink)
                            Sauce ain't the boss...its all about the meat and the TLC to get it smoked.
                             
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                              Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Wed, 12/25/13 12:01 PM (permalink)
                              JRPfeff


                              Atlanta, 3.7 restaurants per 10,000 residents x 443,775 = 164 barbecue restaurants in Atlanta.

                              YP.com lists well over 164 restaurants under barbecue in Atlanta. But that includes a large number of "Wings" and Soul Food restaurants, as well as Outback Steakhouse & Chili's, etc. It also includes suburbs, the metro area and the rest of Georgia.

                              I think this guy's math is way off.

                              His math may be way off, but Atlanta and Georgia in general really don't get the bbq recognition they deserve. Georgia has it's very own style, and is a bbq paradise! I'm not saying this just as a citizen, but as a judge. As far as Atlanta proper, if you hit the little small shacks, etc. you'll have some of the best Q to hit your mouth!!! Crazy Ron's on East Ponce de Leon in Stone Mountain is a good example!
                               
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                                MellowRoast

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                                Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Wed, 12/25/13 12:08 PM (permalink)
                                TFP Business Editor Dave Flessner did not compile the data and clearly attributes Infogroup Targeting Solutions, December 2013 as the source.  I'm sure the results were surprising to him, as well.  Newspapers routinely publish such lists and cite their sources.
                                <message edited by MellowRoast on Wed, 12/25/13 12:13 PM>
                                 
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                                  Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Wed, 12/25/13 4:01 PM (permalink)
                                  What does sauce have to do with anything?
                                  It is all about the wood. :)
                                  perhaps Buddy can weigh in on the American Royal-
                                   World Series of Barbecue┬« Public Info
                                  <message edited by 1bbqboy on Wed, 12/25/13 4:06 PM>
                                   
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                                    MellowRoast

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                                    Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Wed, 12/25/13 4:18 PM (permalink)
                                    I don't know, 1bbqboy, but since they brought it up, vinegar BBQ sauce rocks!
                                     
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                                      1bbqboy

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                                      Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Wed, 12/25/13 4:36 PM (permalink)
                                      Oh, I loves me some sauce too! I'm of the opinion there's no bad BBQ, only some better.
                                       
                                      <message edited by 1bbqboy on Wed, 12/25/13 4:40 PM>
                                       
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                                        Michael Hoffman

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                                        Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Wed, 12/25/13 5:20 PM (permalink)
                                        myterry2


                                        Anything with a vinegar base sauce is out of my list...just not real BBQ sauce.

                                        It's a sauce for barbeque. And it's my favorite style.
                                         
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                                          Twinwillow

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                                          Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Wed, 12/25/13 7:54 PM (permalink)
                                          Although I'm a Texan who normally eschews the use of sauce with well smoked BBQ, I do enjoy a small amount of sauce to accompany my BBQ as a "condiment". I enjoy both sweet ketchup based sauces and a good vinegar based sauce when available. Vinegar based sauces are somewhat uncommon in Texas but The Slow Bone BBQ in Dallas offers both. A really good vinegar based sauce that I enjoy for dipping their superlative corn bread and hushpuppies in and a very good cumin infused ketchup based sauce. But, I won't eat any BBQ that comes smothered in sauce. Of any kind!
                                          <message edited by Twinwillow on Wed, 12/25/13 8:04 PM>
                                           
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                                            Wintahaba

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                                            Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Wed, 12/25/13 9:42 PM (permalink)
                                            I will always taste the Q first, if it's well smoked and rubbbed...that is heaven...NOTHING else is needed....Shangra-La!
                                             
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                                              MetroplexJim

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                                              Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Thu, 12/26/13 8:20 AM (permalink)
                                              MellowRoast


                                              I don't know, 1bbqboy, but since they brought it up, vinegar BBQ sauce rocks!


                                              Simple rule for sauce: 
                                               
                                              "No ketchup on pork; no vinegar on beef". 
                                               
                                              (Credit to Rodney Scott of Scott's BBQ, Hemingway, SC).
                                               
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                                                MetroplexJim

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                                                Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Thu, 12/26/13 8:34 AM (permalink)
                                                Twinwillow


                                                Although I'm a Texan who normally eschews the use of sauce with well smoked BBQ, I do enjoy a small amount of sauce to accompany my BBQ as a "condiment". I enjoy both sweet ketchup based sauces and a good vinegar based sauce when available. Vinegar based sauces are somewhat uncommon in Texas but The Slow Bone BBQ in Dallas offers both. A really good vinegar based sauce that I enjoy for dipping their superlative corn bread and hushpuppies in and a very good cumin infused ketchup based sauce. But, I won't eat any BBQ that comes smothered in sauce. Of any kind!
                                                 

                                                Same with me, I use sauce as a condiment. 
                                                 
                                                And, I had some business in The Canyon recently and made a point to try The Slow Bone for lunch.  As it was around 2 when I got there they were out of ribs, but the pork tenderloin was wonderful. 
                                                 
                                                And, indeed, Eastern Carolina-style sauce is a wonderful dip for hushpuppies & cornbread!
                                                 
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                                                  WarToad

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                                                  Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Thu, 12/26/13 9:32 AM (permalink)
                                                  Twinwillow, MetroplexJim - Same here.  Born and raised in the Midwest, I pretty much grew up on something akin to KC style BBQ. (Which 9 times out of 10 was just really grilled with KC sauce)  It wasn't until my first trip to Texas where I had a come-to-Jesus moment discovering real BBQ.  Ever since then, I'm sauce on the side when and where I can.
                                                   
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                                                    MellowRoast

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                                                    Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Thu, 12/26/13 10:00 AM (permalink)
                                                    Even though I generally eat barbecue without sauce, vinegar sauce on beef is terrific!
                                                    <message edited by MellowRoast on Thu, 12/26/13 10:44 AM>
                                                     
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                                                      Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Thu, 12/26/13 2:45 PM (permalink)
                                                      JRPfeff


                                                      Atlanta, 3.7 restaurants per 10,000 residents x 443,775 = 164 barbecue restaurants in Atlanta.

                                                      YP.com lists well over 164 restaurants under barbecue in Atlanta. But that includes a large number of "Wings" and Soul Food restaurants, as well as Outback Steakhouse & Chili's, etc. It also includes suburbs, the metro area and the rest of Georgia.

                                                      I think this guy's math is way off.

                                                       
                                                      A better source would be Urbanspoon, which lists 268.  That is after I spent several weeks weeding out the soul food and wing joints from their listings.  This includes metro Atlanta and its suburbs, but none of Georgia's other metro areas or the rural areas between them, so the often-quoted "Best in Atlanta" places like Hickory Pig (Gainesville) or Fresh Air (Jackson) are not in that number.  It does, however, include a few Korean BBQ places like Han Il Kwan. 
                                                       
                                                      http://www.urbanspoon.com/f/9/806/Atlanta/Barbecue-Restaurants?last_filter=cuisine
                                                       
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                                                        Twinwillow

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                                                        Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Thu, 12/26/13 3:08 PM (permalink)
                                                        MetroplexJim


                                                        Twinwillow


                                                        Although I'm a Texan who normally eschews the use of sauce with well smoked BBQ, I do enjoy a small amount of sauce to accompany my BBQ as a "condiment". I enjoy both sweet ketchup based sauces and a good vinegar based sauce when available. Vinegar based sauces are somewhat uncommon in Texas but The Slow Bone BBQ in Dallas offers both. A really good vinegar based sauce that I enjoy for dipping their superlative corn bread and hushpuppies in and a very good cumin infused ketchup based sauce. But, I won't eat any BBQ that comes smothered in sauce. Of any kind!
                                                         

                                                        Same with me, I use sauce as a condiment. 

                                                        And, I had some business in The Canyon recently and made a point to try The Slow Bone for lunch.  As it was around 2 when I got there they were out of ribs, but the pork tenderloin was wonderful. 

                                                        And, indeed, Eastern Carolina-style sauce is a wonderful dip for hushpuppies & cornbread!

                                                         
                                                        Glad you enjoyed it, Jim. Get there earlier next time if you can so you can also enjoy their ribs. Their brisket is my absolute favorite in Dallas! I always ask for the "moist" part.
                                                         
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                                                          Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Thu, 12/26/13 3:10 PM (permalink)
                                                          Big_g


                                                          Sauce ain't the boss...its all about the meat and the TLC to get it smoked.

                                                           

                                                           
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                                                            Twinwillow

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                                                            Re:Top 5 BBQ Cities in U.S. Thu, 12/26/13 5:17 PM (permalink)
                                                            Wintahaba


                                                            I will always taste the Q first, if it's well smoked and rubbbed...that is heaven...NOTHING else is needed....Shangra-La!


                                                             
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