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The 5 best BBQ joints in the country

By Benét J. Wilson, August 23, 2016

It's summertime, and the living — and eating — is easy. One of the best things about summer is the smell of food being cooked on a barbecue grill, and luckily there are some wonderful places across America where you can find it. Below are five must-eat restaurants to try before the summer ends.

1. Arthur Bryant's: Kansas City, Missouri

If good barbecue in Kansas City is the subject of a conversation, you can bet this joint will come up. Since its inception in 1930, the iconic eatery has served every U.S. president from Harry Truman to Jimmy Carter, along with dozens of celebrities. Although Arthur Bryant's is known for its ribs, the pit beef sandwich served with potato salad and Original Sauce is irresistible. Bryant's sauce is vinegar-based with a good spice — but not too spicy — balance, while the Sweet Heat sauce tastes more like the traditional barbecue sauce you grew up with.

2. Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous: Memphis, Tennessee

The battle to claim the barbecue crown in Bluff city comes down to Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous and Corky's Ribs & BBQ. Many diners go to Rendezvous for one reason: a plate of their ribs sprinkled with Memphis seasoning and a side of beans. Barbecue sauce is an option, of course, but why ruin the smoky goodness of these ribs? You see everyone from college students to the city's power players sitting side by side in the restaurant's simple, memorabilia-filled dining room, chowing down.

3. Salt Lick BBQ: Austin, Texas

Texas is a barbecue mecca, so it's difficult to choose only one spot. But if you're forced to choose, Salt Lick BBQ with two outlets in the state capital is a great option. While all the barbecue is great at Salt Lick, most people go for the beef brisket, served with a slightly sweet mustard-based sauce and a tangy coleslaw. The pork smoked sausage, cooked in large ropes, is also delicious. For a change of pace, try beef ribs — a Texas staple — which come in a larger, meatier serving than their traditional pork cousin.

4. Everett & Jones: Oakland, California

The Bay Area may not immediately come to mind when you think of hot barbecue spots, but Oakland is home to generations of pitmasters who migrated from the south and brought delicious cooking traditions with them. The owners of the iconic Everett & Jones originally came from Alabama, opening the restaurant in 1973. The food to eat here is the tender beef link sausages smothered in barbecue sauce, served with white bread and potato salad on the side. The smoky tomato-based sauce is more familiar to barbecue eaters, but try the spicier version for a little kick. And if you've saved room for dessert, don't miss indulging in a slice of sweet potato or pecan pie.

5. Lem's BBQ: Chicago, Illinois

Lem's BBQ is a Windy City favorite, first appearing on the scene in 1954, and if you're going to order one thing here, it has to be the rib tips. Rib tips are meaty strips that have been cut from the bottom part of pork spareribs, without the bone and cartilage. Completing the dish is Lem's potato salad and white bread plus a big helping of barbecue sauce — a traditional, slightly sweet tomato-based treat.

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