Dry rub or marinade? North Carolina vinegar or Kansas City sweet sauce?
Although the classic barbecue debates rage on, the new generation of pit masters is less interested in regional styles—they’re too busy sourcing heritage meat, experimenting with nontraditional flavors, and pairing fall-apart-tender ribs with serious drinks.
Many new BBQ joints treat sauce preference less like religion and more like, well, preference. You get to choose your adventure at Chicago’s Bub City, where on-table offerings include a sweet, tomato-based sauce, a Worcestershire-spiked sauce, and Louisiana-style hot sauce.
It’s enough to get us fired up about the future of barbecue.
Check out the slideshow above to discover ten of America's best new BBQ.
For a fun way to amp your grilling, check out How to Make BBQ Seasoning from GMC Trade Secrets.