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Best cities for barbecue

Memphis barbecue is quite popular.

Memphis barbecue is quite popular.

Depending on where you are in America, food can be a contentious topic. Every city known for something thinks they are the best and if you are a big fan of barbecue, there are many cities that may be of interest to you. While many make it well, you may have a certain preference on how you like your meat cooked. If one of these places seems like a good place to be near your favorite type of barbecue, then contacting your moving company and heading south may not be a bad idea.

Raleigh, North Carolina
North Carolina has many types of barbecue, like most states in the South. When in Raleigh, you may want to get the pork, as it is the common barbecued meat in the area, according to Food and Wine. The city - as well as much of Eastern North Carolina - cooks the entire pick over coals. Sides include coleslaw and hush puppies. The meat is also given a special sauce made from peppers and vinegar. Additionally, many in the area prefer to eat their pork with iced tea.

One of the most famous spots for barbecue is Memphis, which is considered by many to be the best place for barbecue in the United States. There are nearly 80 restaurants in the city dedicated to the cooking art, according to U.S. News and World Report. Slow cooking is a staple in this style of barbecuing, as it can be either pulled pork or cut in slabs. While there is a sauce in the making of this type of barbecue - it has tomatoes and vinegar - the area is more concerned about giving the meat a dry rub. This involves multiple types of spices, herbs and vegetables, and may be great to try if you haven't had it.

Lexington, North Carolina
As previously mentioned, Eastern Carolina has a popular barbecue style. However, it shouldn't be confused with what is going on in Lexington. The city, located in the western part of the state, has a style all its own. This type of barbecuing involves pork shoulders, according to Food and Wine. This is made by either chopping or slicing the meat, and is served in a sandwich. Sauce is an important part of the barbecue here, as it includes both ketchup and vinegar. Sides in Lexington are quite simple. While other cities may love their coleslaw, Lexington prefers cabbage slaw.

Another city that would like to claim the barbecue crown is Austin. The Central Texas city has plenty of other great aspects going for it, but barbecue is one of its biggest draws. There are approximately 60 restaurants in the city dedicated to barbecue, U.S. News and World Report said. This will give your plenty of chances to see who is the best in this city. While many cities stick to pork, Austin gets a bit more broad. Beef is a common choice here, and ribs are also quite popular. The barbecue here may be sweeter than some other spots.

Kansas City
Missouri also has multiple places that favor barbecue as the top fare. However, Kansas City may stand out among them all. Hickory smoked pork is the common practice in the city, according to Food and Wine. This comes in many forms, so you can grab a pulled pork sandwich, or stick with ribs and beef. Additionally, for those who aren't big on pork, there are also plenty of other options. Chicken and turkey are popular here, while baked beans are common side dishes.