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Biting Down On The Best BBQ Joints Across America

If you love barbecue, you’ll want to have this list of the places across the country!

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Americans can’t help it – BBQ is loved. It’s as American as baseball and apple pie. But with a plethora of BBQ joints out there, it’s hard to know which ones are actually worth it. Here, now, are the absolute best BBQ spots in the country. Enjoy!

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina barbecue takes a slow-cook approach, but they’re all about the sauce. Specifically, the question of which one to use! There are four common sauces in South Carolina: light tomato, heavy tomato, vinegar and pepper, and mustard. So might as well try all four by visiting Q2U Pitt and Catering, Besieger’s BBQ, or Sticky Fingers.

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

Naturally, Memphis made its way on this list. They have some of the best BBQ ribs in the world in Memphis. You can get them dry, meaning the pork is given a spice rub before the cook, or wet, involving a delicious sauce being applied to the ribs before, during, and after the cook! The best spots in Memphis are definitely The Bar-B-Q Shop, Leonard’s Pit Barbecue, and Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous.

ALABAMA

Alabama’s claim to barbecue fame lies in their introduction of the first white sauce. The man that invented it, “Big” Bob Gibson, didn’t like the way typical vinegar-based sauces paired with his chicken. So he developed a tangy mayonnaise variety that fans have been loving ever since. Dreamland Bar-B-Que locations are all across the state and worth a stop, and Golden Rule and Full Moon BBQ are the other can’t miss joints.

TEXAS IN GENERAL

Naturally, Texas has some of the best barbecue in the country. There are different styles throughout the state, from slow-cooked, mesquite style of Central Texas, to the barbacoa Mexican-style of South Texas, to the extremely slow-cooked style of East Texas. Some of the best spots include Snow’s BBQ, Lamberts, Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, Franklin Barbecue, and Iron Works BBQ.

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

St. Louis takes barbecue so seriously it has its own style. It revolves around grilling the meat and then applying some delicious sauce after the cook. The sauce is typically tomato-based and has a sweetness to it. The best BBQ spots in St. Louis are Salt + Smoke and SugarFire Smokehouse.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Just like it’s friends over in St. Louis, Kansas City has a BBQ style all their own. They like to prepare the meat with a spice rub, slow-cook it over various woods, and then douse it in some tomato-based sauce. The best spots in Kansas City are probably Car Bar, Jack Stack BBQ, Gates Bar-B-Q, Joe’s Kansas City BBQ, LC’s Bar-BQ, Q39, and Plowboys Barbecue.

 

SANTA MARIA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

The central coast area of California has a rich history of Spanish-style barbecue, which involves the meat being rolled in salt and pepper based rub and cooked over a red-oak fire. It’s also usually accompanied with some salsa, beans, and bread. The best spots in the area are The Hitching Post, Far Western Tavern, and Shaw’s Steakhouse.

NORTH CAROLINA

In North Carolina, it’s all about smoking pork over hardwood coals. They have two different styles in the state. First, the Eastern style prefers to slow-cook an entire pig, while the Lexington style involves simply smoking just the pork shoulder. The best spots in the state are Skylight Inn BBQ, Sam Jones BBQ, Lexington Barbecue, and Buxton Hall Barbecue.

WESTERN KENTUCKY

The thing that makes barbecue from Western Kentucky so unique is their use of a rarely used meat: mutton. Kentucky has always had a large sheep population, so it makes sense that they’ve used the meat for so long. They also tend to use a more vinegary sauce than other areas. The spots you have to hit if you find yourself in Western Kentucky are Old Hickory Bar-B-Que, Ole South Bar-B-Q, and Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn.


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4 Classy Things to Know About Australian Wine

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Did you know that there are 10,000 different types of wine grapes in the world? If you love wine, then you should see that as a challenge to try them all.

You may be surprised to learn that Australia is known for its unique wine varieties. Although the country often makes us think of kangaroos and boomerangs, you could visit there for an awesome wine-tasting experience instead.

Are you wondering what you’ve been missing out on? Keep reading to learn about 4 classy things related to Australian wine.

1. The Wine Regions

There are a lot of different wine regions to explore in Australia. First off, there’s the South Australia zone, which is comprised of Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, and others.

There’s also New South Wales, which has Hastings River, the Canberra District, Lachlan Valley, and Shoalhaven Coast, to name a handful.

Another large zone is Western Australia. This is where you’ll find Margaret River, Perth Hills, Warren Valley, and more. If you’re already getting overwhelmed with the number of options, you should book one of the best D’Vine Wine Tours.

The other major regions are the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory, and Tasmania.

2. White Wines

You’ll be glad to know that there’s a classy selection of Aussie white wines. The most popular is chardonnay. Depending on which vineyard you visit, you can expect the expression to fluctuate between a fruity taste and an earthy one.

If you want to try something completely different, you can opt for a glass of Riesling, Vermentino, or Semillon.

3. Red Wines

The Land Down Under doesn’t neglect its red wines. In fact, the Shiraz is one of the most popular red-grape wines in the country. Unlike in colder places, the Shiraz there has a richer plum flavor.

Additionally, you won’t want to miss out on Australia’s full-body Merlot. Depending on the region you visit, you might be able to spot an oaky aftertaste.

4. Natural Wines

If you’re a fan of natural wine, you’ll be glad to know that business is booming in Australia. There are many independent vineyards focusing on natural methods. This is paving the way for a revolution in the wine industry.

You’ll find many natural wine businesses around the country, such as Ochota Barrels and Gentle Folk in the Adelaide Hills. Western Australia also has a good variety of natural wine vineyards, such as Blind Corner, La Violetta, and Si Vintners.

Even if you’re all the way in McLaren Vale, you can still pop into Brash Higgins for a phenomenal glass of natural wine.

Are You Ready to Try Australian Wine?

Now that you’ve learned about 4 classy things related to Australian wine, you’re ready to try everything the beautiful country has to offer. The ancient Greek gods drank wine for a reason. With a glass of Australian wine in each hand, you can feel absolutely divine.

If you’re a foodie, then you won’t want to miss out on all the latest culinary news and recipes. You can stay up to date by bookmarking our site.

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Tasting 3 Of The World’s Favorite Desserts

Even though we all have a favorite dessert (or several), it’s possible that another sweetheart is out there waiting for you.

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     Blame it on your grandmother’s amazing baking skills, those wonderful celebration & holiday treats, or flat-out genetic preferences, all dessert is deeply personal and engraved into our hearts. Still, there’s a great wide world full of tastes that have never come close to your tongue. Ignorance may be bliss, but there will always be a part of your personal dessert history that will make you wonder “What if?”. Yes, some of your past choices will always be with you, but as you try new flavors in new places, some of those older “favorites” will make you realize they really weren’t that special after all. To phrase this another way, there are a ton, a plethora, a variety, of new desserts that you are just waiting to try. The problem is… you don’t know what (and where) they are. Therefore, we wanted to take you on an incredibly quick trip around the world in which you can “sample” some of the desserts you would have otherwise never been introduced.

 

Alfajores, South America

To be fair, it’s very possible that you’ve seen these cookies before – they’re found all over South America, from Argentina to Peru. The ends are made of crumbly shortbread cookies that hold a delectable layer of dulce de leche – a similar type of caramel candy made by simmering sweetened milk. Additional versions are available as these cookies are highly customizable. They may be covered in dark chocolate, drizzled with white, rolled in a variety of nuts (including coconut), or simply elevated through the use of spices.

 

Borma, Middle East & Turkey

If you’ve had baklava before, then you should roughly understand the flavor profile of the Borma. These treats are produced by rolling threads of golden knafeh – a type of pasty dough – around a sweet, nutty pistachio, pine nut, or walnut center. However, unlike baklava, these are deep-fried leading to a nice crispy bite. Bakery owners surely tempt tourists and locals alike as they pile these tasty deep-fried sticks high in store windows. 

 

Gulab Jamun, India

Having been lucky enough to sample a few of these from an Indian bakery here in my hometown, I can assure that these gulab jamun are absolutely delicious (and relatively light!). Each of these balls starts as a scoop of khoya – a reduced cow or buffalo milk mixture that is simmered for hours over a very light flame. Then, this melting substance is fried in ghee – clarified butter. This frying adds additional flavor to the “milk” before it is soaked in aromatic syrup. Roses and cardamom seeds often flavor this sweet treat. 

 

The opportunities to try these treats are relatively easy to come by. To be honest, the next time you’re in a culturally-rich neighborhood, just stop by the bakery! You’ll obviously enjoy looking at all the new foods and treats but being able to sample something new is the absolute best. 


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7 Tips for Cooking Ribs on a Gas Grill

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There is perhaps nothing quite as good as a rack of perfect grilled ribs. However, you might only be used to seeing ribs grilled with a traditional charcoal grill. Is it possible to achieve that perfect result when cooking ribs on a gas grill? 

Here, we’ll give you 7 important tips for getting the perfect grilled ribs from your gas grill, whether you’re a barbecue beginner or a seasoned professional. 

1. Choose the Best Cut for You 

One of the most important tips for cooking ribs right is to start with the best cut for you. Pork ribs are the most popular, but beef and lamb can also be viable options that are both flavorful and easy to cook. 

However, if you do decide on pork ribs, you’ll have another decision to make: baby back, spare ribs, or St. Louis-style pork ribs. Baby back ribs are generally cheaper and faster to cook which makes them great for beginners. However, you can always experiment with the other varieties. 

2. Prep Your Meat Right 

Most ribs have what’s called “silverskin” on the back, which is like a fatty membrane that connects to the meat. If your butcher didn’t already remove this, you’ll want to take it off before you throw anything on the grill – you don’t want to eat this part. 

In addition to this, you’ll want to trim off any meat or fat that hangs from the bone side and remove any membrane from the meat side for perfect looking ribs.

Also, you might consider whether or not to pre-cook your ribs (and how you want to pre-cook them if you choose to do so). You could opt to boil them on the stove, bake them in the oven, or even put them in a slow-cooker. Purists might fine this to be controversial, but it will save you some time if you’re in a crunch. 

3. Decide on a Dry Rub

Even if you’re going to slather your ribs in sauce, a dry rub is the best way to amp up the flavor of your meat before they’re even cooked. You can make your own dry rub with seasonings you have at home or buy something pre-made from the store. 

The most important thing is to make sure your dry rub has complementary flavors to your sauce. Also important, make sure you put the dry rub on at least 2 hours before you get the ribs on the grill. With the dry rub on, ribs should be covered and refrigerated to maximize that flavor infusion. 

4. Make Sure You’ve Got the Best Setup 

Obviously, your grill makes a big difference in the quality of your ribs. Gas grills are great for making large meals for your friends and family and they’re super easy to use! They can be a bit more on the expensive side than your average charcoal grill however. 

These grills still have all of the great qualities of a gas grill at a more budget-friendly price point. If you plan on grilling for large crowds, however, make sure you get one that can hold all the food you plan on making (a big rack of ribs can take up a lot of space!) 

5. Smokey Flavor

Because you don’t get the classic charcoal flavor from a gas grill, you might find other ways of adding those smokey flavors to your ribs. 

One tested way to add smokey flavor to gas-grilled meat is with smoke bombs. To make a smoke bomb, just roll up about a half cup of damp wood chips in aluminum foil, poke some holes in the package, and place them under the grate. You can use your favorite kind of wood chips depending on the flavor you’re going for. 

6. Distribute Heat Properly 

The key to really good home-grilled ribs is to cook them low and slow. Ribs need indirect heat to cook properly, as direct heat or overheating will result in dried out or overcooked meat. Especially on a gas grill, you should try to keep your ribs as far away from direct heat as possible. 

After preheating your grill and activating your smoke bombs with some higher temperatures, you’ll want to back the heat off to 200 degrees. Let your ribs cook for 30 minutes on each side and keep the lid closed to hold in as much smoke as possible. 

7. Rest the Meat Before Serving 

It may be tempting to immediately start eating once you pull your ribs off the grill and we don’t blame you. You’ve probably started to build up an appetite smelling all those delicious barbecue smells. 

However, you’ll want to wait at least 10-15 minutes before cutting into your ribs. You might even consider covering your ribs in apple juice and tin foil while they rest to steam and tenderize them a little bit more. Then, you can optionally add some of your favorite barbecue sauce for some final touches. 

Cooking Ribs on a Gas Grill For You and Your Family

There is no meal more satisfying to make (and to eat) than homemade grilled ribs. It may take some time and effort, but when you really perfect your method, grilling ribs on a gas grill is totally worth it. 

Have fun experimenting with new cuts of meat, new spice rubs, smoke bombs, and sauces to find the perfect rack of ribs for your friends and family, or maybe just for yourself. 

Continue exploring the site for even more tips to help you becoming an at-home grilling master. 

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