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The 15 Best Barbecue Joints in America | Smoked and slathered and falling off the bone

PureWow Logo By editor@purewow.com (PureWow) of PureWow | Slide 1 of 15: <p>Kansas City is kind of like that annoying overachiever that does everything right--they’ve got great ribs, great brisket and pretty decent pork. And the tangy, molasses-tomato based sauce is basically the gold standard for American barbecue sauce now. Come to Joe’s (or the artist formerly known as Oklahoma Joe’s) on the Kansas side of the city for the best of the best.</p>

Joe's Kansas City Barbecue: Kansas City, Ks

America may be a melting pot, but if there’s one food that we can truly call our own, it’s barbecue (OK, fine, apple pie is pretty patriotic too). And we’re not just talking about throwing some burgers and dogs on the grill. We mean real meat, cooked low and slow over an open fire, and probably served with a pile of baked beans and mac and cheese. Every region has it’s own style, and everyone thinks they do it best. But who are we to discriminate? Here are our 15 favorites, from sea to smoky sea.

Kansas City is kind of like that annoying overachiever that does everything right--they’ve got great ribs, great brisket and pretty decent pork. And the tangy, molasses-tomato based sauce is basically the gold standard for American barbecue sauce now. Come to Joe’s (or the artist formerly known as Oklahoma Joe’s) on the Kansas side of the city for the best of the best.

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