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Best BBQ? NC is No. 2 on TripAdvisor list

Posted May 8, 2014

Lubin Prevatt is a certified barbecue judge and longtime pork enthusiast. He was in Raleigh recently, judging the Wolfpack Club BBQ Bowl at NC State.

Lexington-style or eastern-style? It's a question sure to turn heads – and possibly create some yelling – in North Carolina.

Now, barbecue-loving folks in the Tar Heel State have a new debate to weigh in on. Which state has the best 'cue? 

According to a survey of TripAdvisor travelers released Thursday, Georgia is the best state in the union for BBQ. North Carolina ranks second, and Texas is third. 

TripAdvisor's Top 10 states for BBQ:

  1. Georgia
  2. North Carolina
  3. Texas
  4. Missouri
  5. Tennessee
  6. South Carolina
  7. Florida
  8. Illinois
  9. California
  10. Kansas

The list is based on the average rating and total number of reviews for BBQ restaurants on TripAdvisor.com. 

"Nothing says American summer like barbecue, and with styles that vary by region, aficionados get fired up over which states serve up the best," Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor, said in a statement. "Georgia is a traveler favorite and features more than 500 smokin' spots on TripAdvisor."


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  • Veronica Hammond May 8, 2014
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    Hmm All I witnessed in TX was brisket. California? LOL I'll try Georgia next time I'm there.

  • dubious May 8, 2014

    Number Two??


  • wth50beau May 8, 2014

    All other arguments are null and void. Everything in NC is better because we are the true center of the Universe. Food tastes better, especially BBQ, the grass is greener, the sky is clearer and the natives are very friendly. The outer lying reaches of wilderness called "the rest of the world", just can't compare. Case in point, I was born, raised and live here. Nuff said!

  • Justin Case May 8, 2014
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    Calif. even on the list? What's up with that?

    I was looking for specifics on pork BBQ or other. Perhaps GA is better at chicken BBQ? I know TX is best for beef BBQ.

  • Jim Frei May 8, 2014
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    South Carolina in the top 6? And higher than Kansas? I don't think so. SC BBQ is terrible.

  • UpChuck May 8, 2014

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    Good thing you not the grammar police.

  • NCSU84 May 8, 2014

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    I decided on my own to tell my favorite BBQ restaurant. Good thing you not the moderator.

  • TTCP May 8, 2014

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    Tri-tip??? Bbq IS PIG !

  • TTCP May 8, 2014

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    You R Snark raving mad.

  • 68_dodge_polara May 8, 2014

    What's your favorite local BBQ place?