Our Year in Roadfood - 2018
It's that time of year again...
I have always titled this My Year in Roadfood, but now that we are married and Mariton went on every trip except for one, Our Year is much more appropriate. And it is definitely a collaborative effort, especially on the photos. For instance, we were sitting in Acme Oyster House
in New Orleans on Saturday when she got up to use the ladies' room. When she came back, she had great photos of oysters being chargrilled in the kitchen and the shuckers in action behind the bar. I definitely married the right woman!
Every year the review starts with the best burgers. But, we still have one more trip left, New Mexico over the long New Year's weekend. There are plenty of green chile cheeseburger candidates in the Land of Enchantment that could make the list. So instead... BEST BBQ
10. Meat Boss
- Mobile, AL
We were still in mourning during our February visit at the loss of the late, great Brick Pit. A quick search on line found Meat Boss
and we were on our way. We were unimpressed by the ribs, but the huge pork bbq sandwich with plenty of dark outside meat and topped with a wet, crispy slaw was sensational. Check out the menu
, where you can custom build your own sandwich. I'm not so sure you would ever desire a smoked pork loin sandwich on sourdough, topped with white bbq sauce and Asian slaw, but if you do, you can get one here.
9. Little Miss BBQ
- Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix is hardly a bbq town, but this place richly deserves their place as they do it up right. After a 1 1/2 hour wait in 100+ degree temperatures, I was hot and tired. But all that went away once we dug into our tray of pork ribs, sausage and especially that ultra-moist brisket. It made us feel like we were in Lockhart.
8. Perry's Pig
- Augusta, GAPerry's Pig
finished #2 last year, which speaks to how much better the competition was this year. And it wasn't quite as transcendant, which might be because I already knew what expect. Actually, I'll blame it on not having the pleasure of chickenpucker's
company this year. Still, that sandwich made of tender, smoky pork, sweet/spicy bbq sauce and crunchy cracklins is an unbeatable combination.
7. City Market
- Luling, TX
Loved, loved, loved everything about this place. With a separate smokehouse (and I mean smoky!) building inside the dining room, City Market
epitomizes genuine Texas bbq. The brisket and ribs were both first rate, but that succulent sausage is what we have dreaming about ever since.
- Memphis, TNPayne's
is further down the list than expected and that is most likely due to a poor decision on my part. Instead of ordering the pork bbq sandwich we have enjoyed many times in the past, I tried the pork bbq plate. As flavorful as that pork is, it really does work best with the mustardy cole slaw on top between two buns. We will be back in Memphis in March and I don't plan on making that mistake again.
5. Cozy Corner
- Memphis, TN
I wish the pork bbq sandwich didn't come on a sesame seed long bun, but that doesn't take away from how good the pork itself tastes. The big hit this year was trying the juicy smoked beef sausage sandwich, served Memphis-style with cole slaw. And Cozy Corner
has one thing none of these other bbq parlors have and that's the charm of owner Desiree Robinson.
4. Micklethwait Craft Meats
- Austin, TX
Some people who's opinions I value consider this the best bbq in Texas and I'm not here to tell you they are wrong. A trailer with a bunch of outdoor picnic tables, it was a brutally humid August day when we stopped in. One table had a dozen Chinese tourists oohing and awwwing at their tray full of ribs. They were all standing around taking photos, so I joined in. And a Modelo beer truck pulled up, partially blocking the road, so I let those guys jump in line in front of me. In exchange, I got a photo of their gorgeous pork sandwich. Our food can be seen on the tray and that incredibly moist and flavorful brisket is as good as I have ever had and the spicy Czech sausage isn't too far behind.
3. Fresh Air Barbecue
- Jackson, GA
Did not see this one coming. Knowing we had a lot of restaurants to hit on our day through central Georgia, we ordered lightly: one sandwich and some Brunswick stew. We both took a bite simultaneously and just gave each other a knowing nod of the head. No words needing to be exchanged, as we were in the presence of greatness. This is bbq at it's basics, just smoky chopped pork, just a dab of a vinegar sauce and white bread. What more do you need? Needless to say, we went back up for two more sandwiches.
2. Helen's Bar-B-Q
- Brownsville, TN
Sure it's a cliché, but this place is so smoky, you really can smell the restaurant before you can see it. The pork sandwich, topped with cole slaw is intensely smoky, with just the right amount of both inside and outside meat. The rugged skinned Polish sausage, also topped with slaw and a sweet bbq sauce was another winner.
1. Lexington #1
- Lexington, NC
It's amazing what a difference there is in flavor whether you order your pork sliced, chopped or coarse chopped. But no matter what you decide on, it will be world class. I stopped in here by myself driving to Charlotte and the waitress was nice enough to bring me some fried skin to try. The next day, back with Cousin Johnny, we opted to add a smoked and grilled turkey sandwich to our lunch. Sensational! This is my all-time favorite bbq parlor and if there was one Roadfood restaurant I wish I could eat at everyday, this would be the one.
1) Cleve Edmunds Bar-B-Que
- Augusta, GA
2) Opie's BBQ
- Spicewood, TX
3) Heirloom Market BBQ
- Atlanta, GA
4) Hutchins BBQ
- McKinney, TX
5) Williams Bar-B-Q
- West Memphis, AR
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