Top 8 BBQ Trails in USA by Reviews on Facebook

Many areas of the United States feature amazing barbecue and most of the regions make it differently. The diversity in how barbecue is made across the nation is one of the reasons that it’s such a popular food. You’re almost always going to get something just a little different at every BBQ joint, but two different styles of cooking can result in food that’s amazing in its own way!

That being said, we wanted to see whose barbecue is most popular based on averaged Facebook reviews.

As you’re about to see, these trails represent seriously good BBQ. It was rare to find a restaurant on any of these trails that dipped below four stars which is a serious accomplishment for any type of dining.

Methodology: we researched the Facebook star ratings of each restaurant on the following trails, and then averaged them. Some restaurants had their reviews hidden and when confronted with multiple listings we defaulted to the listing with the most likes. Any ratings from less than five reviewers were discarded. View the ratings here (pdf).

Which U.S. Barbecue Trail Features the Best BBQ Joints According to Averaged Facebook Reviews?

#1 Coastal Texas Barbecue Trail

Coastal Texas BBQ Trail

#2 Mississippi BBQ Trail

Mississippi BBQ Trail
 Smitty's Market, Lockhart TX. Mike Merrill via Flickr - Some Rights Reserved. Goldie’s Trail BBQ Vicksburg, MS. Meghan Leonard for the SFA. Southern Foodways Alliance via FlickrSome Rights Reserved.

#3 Texas BBQ Trail

Texas BBQ Trail
 Smitty's Market, Lockhart TX. Mike Merrill via Flickr - Some Rights Reserved. Smitty’s Market, Lockhart TX. Mike Merrill via FlickrSome Rights Reserved.

#4 Arkansas BBQ Trail

Arkansas BBQ Trail
 RiverTowne BBQ, Arkansas. Adam Bartlett via Flickr - Some Rights Reserved. RiverTowne BBQ, Arkansas. Adam Bartlett via FlickrSome Rights Reserved.

#5 Kansas City Barbecue Trail

Kansas City BBQ Trail
 Gates Bar-B-Q Sauce, Kansas City. Paul Sableman via Flickr - Some Rights Reserved. Gates Bar-B-Q Sauce, Kansas City. Paul Sableman via FlickrSome Rights Reserved.

#6 Memphis, Tennessee BBQ Trail

Memphis TN BBQ Trail
 The Bar-B-Q Shop, Memphis, TN. Parityytirap via Flickr - Some Rights Reserved. The Bar-B-Q Shop, Memphis, TN. Parityytirap via FlickrSome Rights Reserved.

#7 The North Carolina Society Historic Barbecue Trail

North Carolina BBQ Trail
 Allen & Son, North Carolina. Eugene Kim via Flickr - Some Rights Reserved. Allen & Son, North Carolina. Eugene Kim via FlickrSome Rights Reserved.

#8 Austin, Texas BBQ Trail


Austin BBQ Trail
 Franklin Barbecue, Austin TX. T.Tseng via Flickr - Some Rights Reserved. Franklin Barbecue, Austin TX. T.Tseng via FlickrSome Rights Reserved.