Slideshow: The Serious Eats Barbecue Style Guide

Eastern Carolina (North and South)
Eastern Carolina (North and South)

Specialties: Whole Hog

Sauce: Vinegar and pepper

Served at: Skylight Inn, The Pit, Wilber's, Scott's, Brown's

Lexington, North Carolina
Lexington, North Carolina

Specialties: Pork shoulder (usually Boston butt)

Sauce: Vinegar, tomato and pepper

Served at: Lexington BBQ #1, Jimmy's, Stamey's

Columbia, South Carolina (AKA The Mustard Belt)
Columbia, South Carolina (AKA The Mustard Belt)

Specialties: Whole Hog

Sauce: Mustard

Served at: Sweatman's, Jackie Hite's, Maurice's, Shealy's

Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee

Specialties: Pork ribs, pork shoulder, bologna

Sauce: Tomato and vinegar

Served at: Payne's, Cozy Corner, Bar-B-Q Shop, Rendezvous, Central

Kansas City
Kansas City

Specialties: Beef brisket, brisket burnt ends, pork shoulder, links, turkey, chicken, mutton

Sauce: Tomato and molasses

Served at: Arthur Bryant's, LC's, Oklahoma Joe's, Gates and Son, Fiorella's Jack Stack

Lexington, Tennessee
Lexington, Tennessee

Specialties: Whole Hog

Sauce: Vinegar and pepper

Served at: B.E. Scott's

Chicago
Chicago

Specialties: Pork ribs, rib tips, links, aquarium-smoked meats

Sauce: Tomato

Served at: Lem's, Honey 1, Uncle John's

Kruez's Market (Lockhart, TX)
Kruez's Market (Lockhart, TX)
Texans make some serious barbecue. If you love barbecue like we do and have access to a car, we highly recommend you drive about 30 minutes south of Austin to Lockhart for some serious barbecue at Kreuz's or Smitty's. Texas barbecue comes in two styles: with or without sauce. Brisket, sausage, and beef ribs are the cuts of choice. Kreuz Market was founded in 1900 by Charles Kreuz as a butcher's shop and market. Over the years, it evolved into a barbecue joint. Barbecue and sausage are served in the Texas tradition with onion, avocado, tomato, pickles and cheese, served on brown paper and accompanied by your choice of bread or crackers and a plastic knife.

Kruez's Market: 19 N. Colorado Street, Lockhart, TX (map); 512-398-9344