Think bbq and a few key places to come mind. Texas or the Carolina’s are two bbq hot spots that are known around the world. But, there are some amazing places to find bbq across the country, especially in Mid America.
That’s where we’re headed in this post. Forget all the places you’ll find on those lists that exclude this part of the country because we’ve got you covered.
Keep reading to learn our favorite spots for bbq in Mid America.
Ask any self-titled bbq fan to name a state that that has amazing bbq and two Missouri cities, Kansas City and St. Louis will pretty much always near the top of the list.
One of our favorites is Joe’s Kansas City. It’s famous for is slow cooked pull pork with a homemade tomato and molasses-based sauce that will have you licking your fingers for sure.
In St. Louis, you’ll find Big Baby Q and Smokehouse. They are known for fall off the bone St. Louis style ribs. Don’t forget to save some room for dessert too.
Chicago isn’t the only spot for bbq in Illinois. You can find some really good bbq all across the state that people are very happy to check out. Here are a few.
A popular spot is 17th Street BBQ in Murphysboro. This is home to a legend (and champion) in the bbq competition circuit, Mike Mills, who makes killer baby back ribs.
In Chicago, Lem’s is an institution. Having been around since the 1950’s many generations of Chicagoans, and bbq lovers have made the trip for their famous rib tips.
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Just because Nebraska has much more famous neighbor nearby when it comes to bbq, doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of great eats here too.
The gold standard of Nebraska bbq is Phat Jack’s in Lincoln. Fans flock from around the state to get a hefty helping of their award-winning brisket and burnt ends.
Sometimes you can find great food items in some sleepy places. Residents of Iowa City might not want people to find out about their bbq gem, but we’ll let you in on the secret.
The best food on the menu is all in the name at Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack. While there are plenty of your standard bbq staples here, the ribs are some of the best in the country.
Using local ingredients and creating artisan-style food is a massive part of the culture in Michigan. Thankfully, that extends to bbq too.
Head to Grand Rapids, and in an old A&W Root Beer shop you’ll find Two Scotts BBQ. They use local Michigan grown apple wood to smoke their ribs, brisket and pulled pork to perfection.
Are you getting hungry yet?
We don’t blame you. But there’s one easy way to solve that, visit one of these Mid America bbq spots the next time you’re in the area. You’ll never regret having a fantastic meal and leave room for some pie too.