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Best BBQ in Every State - foodandwine.com

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ynot2k, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. ynot2k

    ynot2k Smoke Blower

  2. txflyguy

    txflyguy Smoke Blower

    While it’s in WA, note that it is “Texas Style”! And that’s a good thing!
  3. petehalsted

    petehalsted Smoking Fanatic

    As a guy that travels full-time in an RV I am bookmarking this list

    Beast Craft BBQ (listed as IL but just on IL side from ST. Louis) is on my list to try while we are in MO for the next couple of months, I saw a story on the local PBS channel last week about them and they look legit for sure!

    I had Big Bob Gibson's at the original Decatur location a few months ago, back in the day it was great ( I also had it in the 90's), but in my opinion has suffered the fate of lots of places that get famous. Large scale production and quality BBQ just not mix well.

    Shivers in FL has some unbelievable beef ribs.

    I had Johnson's Boucaniere this spring, but I admit I was on a Boudin quest not a BBQ quest, but I did notice the BBQ and it looked good, FYI: there is better Boudin in Lafayette.

    Only ones listed I have first hand knowledge about, but I got a great list for future stops, thanks for posting!
  4. kawboy

    kawboy Smoking Fanatic

    Never even heard of the one in my state, Minnesota. I guess I better get out more! There is only one we like local to us.
  5. For Idaho I have never heard of the place in Post Falls but it is clear on the other side of the state. Not sure I agree with the 2nd on BBQ for Life. When I went there it was good but nothing to write home about. Might give it another try though. My vote would be for a place called Bodacious Pig in Eagle, ID.
  6. Jeff Wright

    Jeff Wright Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    If you are visiting Kansas City also, you should look up Arthur Bryants. More than one, but the best experience is downtown.
  7. ksblazer

    ksblazer Smoking Fanatic

    Congrats on making the list.

    I live in Tacoma but if I'm ever in the area, I'll have to stop on bye.
  8. dls1

    dls1 Smoking Fanatic

    First off Jeff, congratulations on making the list as #1 in WA. That's quite an honor, and you and your staff should be very proud.

    In going through the list I was very surprised to see that, at one time or another over many years, I've been to 17 of the places mentioned, either the primary winner, or a runner up,

    AL - Big Bob Gibson's (Decatur)
    GA - B's Cracklin' BBQ (Atlanta) and Southern Soul (St Simons Island)
    IL - Lem's and Honey1 (Chicago)
    KY - Old Hickory and Moonlight (Owensboro)
    SC - Scott's (Hemingway and Charleston)
    TN - B.E. Scott's (Lexington)
    TX - Louis Mueller's (Taylor)
    FL - 4 Rivers (Winter Park) and Jenkin's (Jacksonville)
    NY - Hometown BBQ - (Brooklyn)
    IN - Bomber's BBQ (Munster)
    MD - Pioneer Pit Beef (Baltimore)
    MI - Two Scott's BBQ (Grand Rapids)
    WA - Jeff's Texas Style BBQ (Marysville)

    Obviously, the last place on the list is your place and my visit was around a year ago. I was in Seattle for a couple days on business and decided to spend a weekend with my brother and his wife. He had worked for Boeing as an aeronautical engineer for around 25 years, retired and sold their house in suburban Seattle, and bought a house on nearby Camano Island. On Friday night we went out for dinner to what they call their favorite BBQ place, which as it turned out to be, was your business. We shared some ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and sausage, all of which were damn good. The service was excellent, also. You should be commended, and your award is well deserved.

    Best wishes for a prosperous future.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2018
  9. JckDanls 07

    JckDanls 07 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    That's awesome Jeff.. I remember when you started the business ... glad it's working out for you ..
  10. Wow! Congratulations! That is spectacular!!!
  11. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great list, Jeff, and congrats on making the grade!

    I'm going to have to put all those in my phone. I have a list of restaurants around the country we've seen on TV for when we travel. It's a little light on BBQ, but not any more!

    Thanks for posting the article! Jeff's will be on the list.
  12. RiversideSm0ker

    RiversideSm0ker Master of the Pit

    Never been to or seen any of the California spots but I will add a recommendation of my own. If you find yourself on the face of the sun better known as Blythe California, I suggest you try Rebel BBQ. It is right off the 10 freeway at the Lovekin exit. They serve some of the best brisket I’ve ever eaten. They have a slew of sauces that they make on site. Definitely worth your time if you are driving through the desert.

  13. zachd

    zachd Meat Mopper

    Have you tried Jellybean and Julia's bbq in Anoka mn? super super good food
    Q fanatic in Champlin is pretty good too but I pefer JJs now

    As for Revival Meh Its 36$ for a full rack of ribs no thanks

    But for real check out Jelly Bean and Julias if you have not already https://jellybeanandjulias.com/
    The owner Corey is local in Anoka and know his way around a smoker I tell you mmm mmm mmmm
  14. kawboy

    kawboy Smoking Fanatic

    May have to look into them, see if we can get down there by back roads. The wife and I like to take off to odd places on the bikes.
  15. zachd

    zachd Meat Mopper

    What city do you live around? Man I miss my bike I used to love riding backroads
  16. zachd

    zachd Meat Mopper

    If you have bever been to anoka its a fun little town there is that bbq place kind of off the beaten path then downtown anoka right by the river has a bunch of bars and restaurants antique shops and clothing boutiques and what not. Its really popular for bikes usually the street infront of the strip is lined with them
  17. kawboy

    kawboy Smoking Fanatic

    Brainerd. I had a girlfriend that went to school in Anoka several decades ago.
  18. zachd

    zachd Meat Mopper

    Ah I am actually swinging though Brainard tomorrow the wofes grandparents live in Pilligar whats the good bbq joint up there? May have to try it sometime my uncles drag race at BIR so I get up that way alot
  19. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Congratulations Jeff! Now the world knows what we locals have known for some time now. Hope I can still get in the door!