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Best BBQ Joints in the South
Aug 05/16

Best BBQ Joints in the South Posted by: Drew Ford | 4 Comments

My first car was a silver, Jeep Wrangler with a removable hard top. The only stipulation to me getting this car was that I had to drive it home from Charleston, South Carolina to Little Rock, Arkansas. A full 820 miles and then the car was mine. That was my first road trip; the first of many. Since then, as I’ve moved all over the South, I’ve had my fare share of road trips and road trip traditions, namely the food. To me, it’s not a road trip if you don’t pull off to try some local cuisine. And it’s not a southern roadtrip if you don’t stop to try some BBQ. Here are some of my favorite Southern BBQ finds:

Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ, Tyler TX: Thank goodness I have friends in Tyler, because Stanley’s truly is the best. With a large outdoor patio, a great bar, and bands that play on the weekend, Stanley’s not only serves up amazing Texas-style BBQ (think tender brisket), but also serves up great times!
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Fox Bros BBQ, Atlanta GA: One word:Tomminator. Yes, the BBQ at Fox Bros is fantastic, espescially the ribs, but the tomminator steals the show. Its cheesy tator tots covered in Brunswick stew. Trust me, it’s a must try.
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Lamar Lounge, Oxford MS: Owned by famed chef John Currence, Lamar Lounge is one of the only places in the state that does whole hog barbecue. If that doesn’t tempt you enough, this place has a great big bar and often live music. Also worth noting, the restaurant is a not for profit, with all proceeds going towards charities in Mississippi.
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Dreamland, Tuscaloosa AL: What can be said about Dreamland that hasn’t already been said? It’s iconic and delicious. I still dream about dipping white bread into that secret sauce.
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Leatha’s Bar-B-Que Inn, Hattiesburg MS: To a lot of people Hattiesburg is that town you pass through on your way to Gulf Shores, but it actually is so much more. Go into Leatha’s on a Southern Miss game day and not only will you have a fantastic meal (the meat literally falls off the bone) but you’ll also get to experience the Hattiesburg community in action.
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Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous, Memphis TN: This one may cause some drama. Friends from Memphis tell me that when it comes to Memphis BBQ, I can do better. That may be true. But Rendezvous is as iconic as Graceland or Beale Street, it just has to be visited.
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Honorable Mention: Jones’ Bar-B-Q Diner, Marianna AR: I haven’t made it to Jone’s yet, but it makes the honorable mention list because I would make a roadtrip in and of itself to try this bbq. The only James Beard Award winning restaurant in the state of Arkansas, I think it’s worth the trip.
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I’ve still got a few road trips ahead of me. Where are  your favorite bbq finds?

By Drew Ford 
Drew was born in Arkansas, but has been lucky to call several southern states home. She’s currently working on Masters in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. She loves vinyl records, long road trips, and acquiring useless trivia.



Sandra on August 12 2016 at 01:19PM

Craig’s BBQ DeValls Bluff, Arkansas

Don on August 12 2016 at 09:50AM

Central BBQ has Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous, beat by a long shot…… Leatha’s Bar-B-Que Inn is one I never pass when I go through Hattisburg it’s always very good….. Dreamland has dropped off my list as one I would go out of my way to eat at. If in Owensboro, Ky be sure to try Moonlite… One of the best ever, you will leave full.
Lockhart, Tx has several great BBQ joints to choose from

Jeff on August 11 2016 at 09:40PM

Highly advise to revise your list to include Scott’s BBQ in Hemingway SC

Jim on August 09 2016 at 07:13AM

Wild Horse Mountain BBQ Sallisaw OK. and Rub Em Tender BBQ Lavaca AR.


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