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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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Don’t Act Surprised! Green Hotels Do Exist!

Here are some beautiful eco-friendly vacation destinations so you can keep your conscience and the Earth clear while still enjoying a luxurious trip.

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Let’s face it, traveling can be wasteful. These days, being environmentally conscious is trendy and being wasteful is out of style. So does that mean you should cancel those travel plans so that you can save the Earth?

Not at all, here are some beautiful destinations that don’t harm our mother Earth at all. So travel on and keep your conscience and the Earth clear with these eco-friendly vacation destinations.

SONEVA FUSHI, MALDIVES

Head over to the Maldives to this once deserted island named Kunfunadhoo. The Soneva Fushi resort was built here to give vacationers an amazing resort that is environmentally friendly.

They recycle an amazing 90% of their waste. No that’s not a typo, they recycle 90% of their waste. They use all their food waste as fertilizer in the garden, their glass is used to make art and the styrofoam is used as a construction material. The resort is run completely on solar energy and the water they use has been desalinated. Talk about making your vacation guilt-free!

BOM BOM RESORT, SAO TOME

This resort has nineteen beautiful beach bungalows in beautiful Sao Tome which lies off the coast of Africa.

There are plenty of amazing things to do on this small island like scuba diving, hiking, enjoying the wildlife which includes whales, turtles, monkeys and birds and even visiting the smallest city in all of Africa, San Antonio.

EXTREME HOTEL, KITE BEACH, CABARETE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Evidently, Cabarete is known as a kitesurfing capital, did you know that? Maybe you did. Maybe you’re reading this article while currently kite surfing in Cabarete. But if you’re not Dan Cortese, then don’t worry, you can still check out the beautiful eXtreme Hotel.

You don’t have to kitesurf, you can also do yoga, ride horses and hike.

But what about my carbon footprint? You ask. Well, the hotel is solar powered and they don’t use any air-conditioning. They just made the hotel super smart so that it is incredibly ventilated and utilizes the natural wind to cool the hotel down.

They also collect rainwater and have some 2,000 trees that not only keep carbon down but give tons of produce to the lucky hotel visitors.

INKATERRA, TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU

Check out the Inkaterra Guides Field Station deep in the Tambopata National Reserve. This place used to be a research location but now is a rad hotel.

This lodge runs a bunch of great projects focused on the conservation of the rainforest so your money is going to a good place.

Plus you’ll be in a good place when you go on a hike over the canopy walkway or a beautiful boat trip. You’re in the rainforest so you’re bound to see plenty of wild animals.

BUSHMANS KLOOF WILDERNESS RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA

Feel like conserving but don’t feel like compromising on the size of the resort you stay in? Then try this 18,000-acre wildlife reserve just 170 miles outside of Cape Town in the beautiful Cederberg Mountains.

They are known for protecting and reintegrating endangered species, can you get more environmentally friendly than that? Well they can, they also do organic sustainable gardening, wastewater processing, and energy-saving initiatives.

Also if you get tired of all this saving the earth and looking at endangered species, go check out the 130 rock-art sites, that have been preserved for over 10,000 years. So they’re not only taking care of animals, they’re taking care of rocks too.


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Getting Past The Mexican Vacationing Myths

There are a lot of myths about travel in Mexico. But it is still a beautiful country that is definitely worth visiting. 

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There are a lot of myths out there about Mexico. Obviously, things like “don’t drink the tap water” are true and should be taken very seriously. But there are plenty of other stories out there that just aren’t true. 

Mexico is a beautiful country that is definitely worth visiting. And this article is meant to relieve any worries you have about checking it out.

IT’S IMPOVERISHED

A lot of people think of Mexico as a very poor and even third-world country. But that just isn’t the case. It’s definitely less developed that some countries, including the U.S., but for the most part it’s a middle-income country. In fact, it’s GDP per capita is similar to such countries as Brazil and even China.

But this myth is likely kept alive by the fact that about 44 percent of Mexicans do live in poverty. And that number is high enough that it’s safe to say no matter where tourists may visit, they’re likely to see that poverty.

IT’S DANGEROUS

This is grossly exaggerated. In reality, Mexico is no more dangerous than any other country. Sure, there are some areas that have higher crime rates (specifically Tijuana and Juarez), but the majority of Mexico is perfectly safe. With that said, the usual precautions should be taken when walking around at night, drinking in excess, or using an ATM outside of a hotel. There will always be people looking to take advantage of tourists no matter where you are.

IT’S A NON-STOP COLLEGE PARTY

Thanks to the spring break popularity of places like Cancun, Mexico is now commonly thought of as just one big, obnoxious party. And while there are definitely places to enjoy a wild party in Mexico, it’s far from the norm. In fact, outside of the month of March, Cancun is typically a very peaceful place full of honeymooners and foodies.

TACOS, BURRITOS, AND ENCHILADAS ARE THE ONLY FOOD AVAILABLE

Ok, people come on. Sure, these are staples of Mexican food, but there are other options! Cuisines and specialties vary from region to region and there is bound to be plenty of delicious variety regardless of where you are. From seafood to fried pork belly to grilled octopus, there is something for everyone. So get out there and try something new for once!

FOOD POISONING IS ALMOST INEVITABLE

Many people assume that a trip to Mexico means getting food poisoning at least once. The tap water should definitely be avoided, but most tourists will also avoid almost all fruit and produce. There definitely are different bacteria active in Mexico that can lead to “Montezuma’s revenge,” but avoiding essentially all cold food is silly.

Most restaurants use fresh water to wash everything and to make their ice. And while there are definitely street carts that should be avoided, skipping out on some delicious mango, horchata, and ceviche would be a mistake.

IT’S NOT SAFE DURING HURRICANE SEASON

Hurricane season in Mexico usually lasts from June to November. The worst months typically being August through October. Because of this many people avoid traveling to Mexico during those months. But, for the most part, it’s really unnecessary to completely avoid the country for six months out of the year.

And as long as you prepare to leave early or cancel if necessary (hurricanes are usually predicted a week in advance), you can actually get great deals on travel and hotels. So hurricane season can actually be the best time to visit Mexico as the rates will be the lowest and the cities will be the least crowded.

 


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