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The 20 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America

In case you were otherwise unaware, May is national barbecue month. Not that we need a designated time to celebrate barbecue (which we do multiple times per week, year-round), but we thought it was a good enough excuse to introduce our list of the 20 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America. From the German-style meat markets in Texas to whole-hog shacks in eastern North Carolina, with stops along the way in Kansas City, Memphis, and even up north, a variety of regional styles and smoked meat preparations are represented on the list. Narrowing the selections down to 20 proved to be quite a undertaking, so we also included 42 additional honorable mentions which many 'cue enthusiasts - usually a contentious bunch - could make an argument for. The barbecue slideshow begins here. Cheers and may you all have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. And when your neighbors inevitably invite you over "to barbecue," and all you are greeted with is charred burgers and a few sad little hot dogs, remind them they are merely "grilling out." Barbecue refers to a food far more sacred. 

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Divine pulled pork sandwich from Central BBQ (Memphis)

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