20 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America, 2013 >
Another summer is upon us, and it’s been exactly a year since we at LocalEats released our inaugural list of the country’s 20 Best Barbecue Restaurants. Though we feared backlash, outrage and menacing letters written in BBQ sauce from the passionate online barbecue community, the response was by and large positive and the discussion civil and thought provoking. We went back for seconds and are proud to announce the 2013 edition of America’s Best Barbecue Restaurants.
For the 2013 list, we’ve broadened our scope — within reason, of course. As much as we’d like to explore the countless styles of international smoked meats, from churrascarias of South America to the stone-fired meats of Mongolia, we’ve confined our list to the continental U.S. There are more than enough wonderful barbecue variations to explore between state and even county lines. Of course, prominent on the list are heavy hitters from Kansas City, Memphis, North Carolina and Texas. But also represented are fantastic smoke shacks from Louisiana, New York, Detroit, Southern California and even the Pacific Northwest. From timeless institutions run by old-school pitmasters who rarely sleep to the innovative, newer joints building on family and regional traditions, these establishments embody the passion and patience required to produce outstanding barbecue.
- June 10-July 1, 2015Grand Central Oyster Bar's Herring FestivalNew York, NY
- July 2-4, 2015Key Lime FestivalKey West, Florida
- July 3, 2015Moods Brew and Spirit FestivalEnnis, Montana
- July 4-11, 2015National Cherry FestivalTraverse City, Michigan
- July 5, 2015Wellfleet Strawberry Festival: A Century-Old TraditionWellfleet, Massachusetts
- July 9-11, 2015Riverfest Food Truck FestivalHartford, Connecticut
- July 10, 20155th Annual Summer BrewfestNorfolk, Virginia
- July 10, 2015Truckeroo Food Truck FestivalWashington D.C.
- July 10-12, 2015Square Roots 2015Chicago, Illinois
- July 11, 20156th Annual LA Street Food FestLos Angeles, California
- July 11, 2015Saint Benedict FestivalSt. Benedict, Oregon
- July 11, 201510th Annual Key West FestivalPurcellville, Virginia
- July 11, 2015Laramie Brewfest 2015Laramie, Wyoming
- July 11-12, 201517th Annual Raspberries & Wine FestivalChisago City, Minnesota
- July 11-12, 2015International Mango FestivalCoral Gables, Florida
- July 11-12, 2015Bluegrass and BlueberriesLahaska, Pennsylvania
- July 11-14, 2015IFT Annual Meeting & Food ExpoChicago, Illinois
- July 16, 2015Taste of the Nation South FloridaMiami Beach, Florida
- July 16, 201515th Annual Chef BBQ BenefitChicago, Illinois
- July 16-18, 2015California Wine Festival 2015Santa Barbara, Calif.
- July 17-18, 2015PicklesburghPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- July 17-19, 2015The Ontario Home & Garden ShowOntario, Calif.
- July 17-19, 2015'Bite of Seattle' Food FestivalSeattle, Washington
- July 17-26, 2015Teton County Fair 2015Jackson, Wyoming
- July 18, 2015Sunrise Side Wine and Food FestivalHarrisville, Mich.
- July 18, 2015DC BRGR BASHWashington, DC
- July 18-19, 2015Keystone Wine & Jazz FestivalKeystone, Colorado
- July 18-19, 2015Flathead Lake Cherry FestivalPolson, Montana
- July 21-23, 2015Michigan Agricultural Equipment ShowEast Lansing, Michigan
- July 23, 2015Totally Local VC Dinner at the SeriesVentura County, California
- July 23-25, 201534th Annual Sun Valley Center Wine AuctionKetchum, Idaho
- July 24-25, 2015Summer Brew Fest 2015Denver, Colorado
- July 24-25, 2015Michigan Brewers Guild 18th Annual Summer Beer FestivalYpsilanti, Michigan
- July 24-26, 2015Atlantic City Food & Wine FestivalAtlantic City, NJ
- July 25, 2015All Pints North Summer Brew FestDuluth, Minnesota
- July 25, 20156th Annual Milwaukee BrewfestMilwaukee, Wisconsin
- July 25-26, 201522nd Annual Oxnard Salsa FestivalOxnard, Calif.
- July 25-26, 2015Chicago Hot Sauce FestChicago, Illinois
- July 25-26, 2015Berries and Barbecue Wine TrailHermann, Missouri
- July 25-26, 2015Bounty of the Hudson Wine & Food FestivalWarwick, New York
- July 25-28, 2015Society for Nutrition Education & Behavior ConferencePittsburg, Pennsylvania
- July 26, 2015Crush Wine FestivalGreater Boston, Massachusetts
- July 27, 2015St. Louis No Kid Hungry DinnerSt. Louis, Missouri
- July 28, 2015Flavors of MiamiMiami, Florida
- July 30-August 2, 2015International Cake Exploration Societé 40th Annual Convention & ShowOmaha, Nebraska
- July 30-August 2, 2015Animal Rights National ConferenceWash D.C.
- July 30-August 3, 2015Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & ShowOrlando, Florida
- July 31-August 1, 2015Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival 2015Cary, North Carolina