Where can you find the best barbecue in America? Leaving aside, for the moment, the silliness of seeking a single best barbecue joint, the answer to that question is a very personal one. Our favorite spots may not be your favorites. Do you like ribs, pulled pork, smoked brisket? Do you prefer a lot of smoke, or a subtle hit? Do you like it spicy or do you prefer to taste mostly meat? Do you want the meat to fall apart at the slightest prodding or do you think barbecue should retain an honest chew? Is sauce the most important factor to you? Continue reading
Southern Living presents what they are calling the top 50 barbecue joints in the South. Ten of the 50 are designated Top Picks, and they include both obvious choices like Louie Mueller and Franklin of Texas and some places that we’re not familiar with. Which is wonderful! In fact, there are plenty of Q shacks among the 50 that are totally new to us, and we can’t wait to hit the road to sample as many as we can. Just one question: where’s McClard’s of Hot Springs, Arkansas, our favorite Southern BBQ joint?
The man’s talking about Stubby’s Bar B Que of Hot Springs, Arkansas in the title of this post, and that man is Louis Williams of the Arkansas Times. We agree 100%! Stubby’s has been doing it since 1952, and is a major reason why Hot Springs just might be our favorite barbecue city in the country. No other town has as effective a one-two punch as Hot Springs does in McClard’s and Stubby’s. Read Mr. Williams’ Stubby’s story here.