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BBQ tour

I am interested in planning a BBQ tour of the southern states for my husband that I can fit into 1 week. A road trip would be great. Does anyone have any route ideas and restaurant stops? I would be starting and ending in Chicago.

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  1. id go to tripadviser.com--they have a section on road trips Ive lived in 12 different states and to me the best were Memphis and Lexington NC,the home of BBQ.Now if your a texasBBQ fan its a whole different deal BBQ here in Atl is just OK to me

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    1. One week is a good start for Memphis. Also try Roadfood.com for their tours.

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        1. If you're only doing a week I really think your best bet is to focus on one of a few areass ... Austin (and the surrounding Areas), Kansas City, North Carolina or Memphis.

          Maybe with a little bit of leg work you could do two of those but I really think you'll be running a little thin at that juncture.

          Here's a post by some friends who did an exhaustive look at Austin. I'd consider doing what they did...

          If you really try to put too much on your schedule, you'll end up with fewer opportunities to try bbq and if something goes wrong - you may end up missing something altogether (a lot of BBQ places have nuanced hours). Good luck!

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          1. re: foodiebuddha

            I spent most of a week in KC a few years ago and had BBQ or a steak for every meal except breakfast pretty much the whole time. Lots of places to try there.

            Also, I'd add Cooper's in Llano (it also looks like there's one in New Braunfels and one coming in Austin) to the TX list. We made a pilgrimmage there many years ago and were blown away.

          2. we lived in St Louis and visited KC---they have decent BBQ. Had to visit Texas often on business and my memory is their mainstay was beef BBQ...But the BBQ in Lexington NC is special, they have 2 different sauces NC and SC,one more tangy than the other --Lexingon is just South of Winston Salem Agree dont overreach on yiur drive--on road trips i limit out at 300miles a day,and try to stay 2 nights in an area, making daytrips if necessary.Maybe Memphis,St Louis and KC would work

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              1. A little OT- but if you go to Memphis and your schedule permits, the duck parade at the Peabody hotel is free and lots of fun. :). The ducks march to the lobby fountain on a red carpet in the morning and out again around 5:00PM. It's a bit of local color that's kind of special.

                If I was in a splurge-y mood, I would stay there. It's a very nice historic hotel. They have cocktail parties on the roof too. Not every night, though.

                My sister and I saw the morning procession and stayed for lunch at one of the restaurants a few years ago. It was a fancy restaurant but we ordered burgers and diet cokes. They brought our sodas out in an ice bucket like it was champagne. :) The service is very old school formal- really charming and awesome in this day and age! :)

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                1. re: thingmaker

                  This is the Atlanta Board. Memphis can be found on the Tennessee/Kentucky Board.

                2. If you decide to fit Atlanta into your itinerary, I'd recommend Heirloom Market BBQ - it's Korean fused with BBQ - very good Brisket and pulled pork, and some non-traditional sides.

                  1. If you are by Athens Ga, the best dish ever is the smoked wings at Harry's Pig shop.

                    1. Start in Greenville, NC, drive in a big circle starting out going SSE. Don't drive any further west than I95 or the state line. Stop wherever you are at mealtime and eat. Skylight Inn, Bubbas, Bs, Gardners, Wilber's, Parker's, bills, ...

                      Serriously, it's off the beaten path, but amazing q. A couple of decent spots in SC if you do happen to head south and west, though, so you can make it be on the way.

                      1. Community Q near Emory.

                        Fox Bros. On the blue MARTA line, candler park stop.

                        Both decent. Neither worth coming to Atlanta to try, but if you were here for another purpose and wanted to eat some BBQ ...

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