By Carl Hanson

Grab some napkins. We're celebrating the best of America barbeque. Did your home state make the list?


KC goes for tomato-based sauces with a vinegar and secret-spice kick.

A glass dish of sauce on a platter with baby back ribs
Kathy's Award Winning Barbeque Sauce | Photo by GodivaGirl
| Credit: Godiva Girl


The Volunteer State knows ribs. Grilled with a dry rub or basted with a sweet, tangy sauce.

"A rub for all meats, but we use mainly ribs in Tennessee. Brown sugar, ground peppers and spices are blended to bring out the full flavor of whatever you decide to toss on the grill!" -- Jack Harris

Tennessee Rubdown
Tennessee Rubdown | Photo by Pam Ziegler Lutz

North & South Carolina

In the Carolinas the meat is pork and the sauces are relatively thin with a vinegary snap.

Mustard Based BBQ Sauce
Mustard Based BBQ Sauce | Photo by mauigirl


In Texas, beef brisket is cooked over a smoky mesquite or hickory fire and served with a spicy sauce.

Best Ever Brisket
Best Ever Brisket | Soup Loving Nicole


Kentucky BBQ sauce says it with...bourbon, naturally.

Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce
Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce | Photo by Nicolette


Chef John explains: "Santa Maria, California, is home to one of America's most delicious BBQ specialties: grilled beef tri-tip steak. Black on the outside, pink on the inside."


Hawaiian BBQ shows off its native and Asian influences.

Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker
Hawaiian Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker | Photo by DIZ
| Credit: DIZ


The Keystone State does it with tangy sweet-and-sour sauces.

Pittsburgh Ham Barbecues
Pittsburgh Ham Barbecues | Photo by Molly


Grill wild salmon on a cedar plank in the Pacific Northwest.

Cedar Planked Salmon
Photo by KGora
| Credit: KGora


The Keys cast a unique light on Florida BBQ.

Key West Chicken
Photo by culinarychick


Don't forget Mississippi. It holds its own in the BBQ Belt.

Mississippi Sweet and Sour Barbeque Sauce
Mississippi Sweet and Sour Barbeque Sauce | Photo by Molly


Chicago knows the blues...and BBQ.

Chicago-Style New York Strip
Chicago-Style New York Strip | Photo by lutzflcat


Northern Alabama is known for mayo-based white sauces.

Tangy White BBQ Sauce
Tangy White BBQ Sauce | Photo by Molly

So much BBQ! Better make an extra batch of Sweet Tea.

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