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America's 25 best barbecue restaurants, ranked

Business Insider Logo By Brittany Fowler of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 26: Johnny Fugitt

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Johnny Fugitt's love of barbecue goes far beyond that of your average enthusiast. 

The St. Louis native spent a year dining at 365 barbecue restaurants across 48 states.

In his book, "The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America," he details his journey and hones in on what he believes are the best 'cue joints in the country.

The book ranks the top 25 restaurants and then explores the other 75 by region.

Click through the slideshow to see Fugitt's ranking of America's 25 best barbecue spots, from Lockhart, Texas to Piedmont, South Dakota.

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