15. Knoxville, Tennessee
Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Knoxville has access to some amazing products, so the side dishes here are almost as important as the pig on a pork shoulder plate. Vinegar-spiked greens play well with the sweet and smoky goodness of the meat at popular joints like Sweet P’s Barbecue and Soul House, Archers BBQ, and Chandler’s Deli.
14. Montgomery, Alabama
Montgomery is the capital of “Sweet Home Alabama,” and they like their barbecue sauce a little sweet, too. With sauce brushed on spare ribs that are smoked for hours, racks from Dreamland and K & J Rib Shack have gotten Skynyrd lovers and haters alike to agree that the meat is at the top of the charts.
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