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The Best BBQ Recipes Across America

From coast to coast, get a taste of the USA's best BBQ with these recipes for chicken, ribs, salmon and sauce.

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Carolina-Style Pork Barbecue

North Carolina:
I am originally from North Carolina (where swine is divine) and this recipe for the slow cooker is a family favorite. My husband swears my authentic Carolina ‘cue is the best BBQ he has ever eaten! —Kathryn Ransom Williams, Sparks, Nevada
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Farm-Style BBQ Ribs

Oregon:
Inspiration struck when I saw a recipe like this one in a newspaper. My version was an instant hit with my husband and friends. It got even better when I discovered how easy it is to make in the slow cooker. —Bette Jo Welton, Eugene, Oregon
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Favorite Barbecued Chicken

Texas:
What better place to find a fantastic barbecue sauce than Texas, and that’s where this one is from—it’s my father-in-law’s own recipe. We’ve served it at many family reunions and think it’s the best! —Bobbie Morgan, Woodstock, Georgia
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Kansas City-Style Ribs

Kansas City:
Our family recipe for ribs has evolved to near perfection. These country-style beauties are a legend in our close circle. —Linda Schend, Kenosha, Wisconsin
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North Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce

North Carolina:
Blending two vinegars helps re-create the BBQ sauce we love from my mother’s North Carolina roots. — Gloria McKinley, Lakeland, Florida
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"Secret's in the Sauce" BBQ Ribs

North Carolina:
A sweet, rich sauce makes these ribs so tender that the meat literally falls off the bones. And the aroma is wonderful. Yum! —Tanya Reid, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Barbecued Beef Brisket

Oklahoma:
A guest at the RV park and marina my husband and I used to run gave me this flavorful brisket recipe. It’s become the star of countless meal gatherings, from potlucks to holiday dinners. Husband Ed and our five grown children look forward to it as much as our Christmas turkey. —Bettye Miller, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Barbecued Alaskan Salmon

Alaska:
We eat salmon all summer long, and this is our favorite way to fix it. The mild sauce-brushed on as the fish grills-really enhances the taste. —Janis Smoke, King Salmon, Alaska.
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Spicy Barbecued Chicken

Tennessee:
This spicy, saucy chicken is great served with basil-buttered grilled corn on the cob and fresh coleslaw. —Rita Wintrode, Corryton, Tennessee
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Grilled Shredded Pork Sandwiches

Tennessee:
Pork shoulder roast is rubbed with seasonings and grilled, creating a crispy exterior that’s lip-smacking good! The meat is delicious by itself but can also be topped with your favorite barbecue sauce. —Amanda McLemore, Maryville, Tennessee
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Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce

Tennessee:
My family is stationed in Italy with my husband, Lieutenant William Robert Blackman. William grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and I’m from Texas, so the dish that spells “home” for us is a good ol’ barbecue. I have my own recipe for barbecue sauce that we like to pour all over sliced brisket. Eating it reminds us of weekend barbecues with our families. —Tina Blackman, Naples, Italy
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Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

Hawaii:
I got this grilled chicken recipe from a friend while living in Hawaii. It sizzles with the flavors of brown sugar, ginger and soy sauce. Huli means “turn” in Hawaiian. This sweet and savory glaze is fantastic on pork chops, too. —Sharon Boling, San Diego, California
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Easy Texas BBQ Brisket

Texas:
Mom came to visit and told me my brisket was even better than the version we used to eat back in Texas. Use the leftovers for sandwiches and tacos. —Audra Rorick, Blanca, Colorado
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Contest-Winning Barbecued Pork Chops

Texas:
Sherry, honey, barbecue and steak sauces combine to give these chops a beautiful glaze and dressed-up flavor. The sauce works well on chicken breasts, too. —LaJuana Holland, Amarillo, Texas
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Texas-Style BBQ Sauce

Texas:
We love a barbecue sauce with all the right moves: ketchup, mustard, lemon juice, chili powder, Worcestershire and brown sugar. —Sandy Klocinski, Summerville, South Carolina
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Stacey's Famous BBQ Chicken

Iowa:
This is sticky, finger-lickin’ sauce that everyone, including my kids, loves. I make it in big batches now and give jars of it to family and friends. —Stacey Nerness, Spencer, Iowa
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Susie's Hot Mustard

South Carolina:
My husband enjoys spreading this bold, robust mustard on anything that needs an extra “bite” of flavor. —Susie Gibson, Alta Loma, California
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Carolina Style Vinegar BBQ Chicken

Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ Chicken

South Carolina:
I live in Georgia, but I appreciate the tangy, sweet taste of Carolina barbecue chicken. In fact, my sons are more likely to show up to dinner if they know I’m serving this slow cooker recipe. —Ramona Parris, Canton, Georgia
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Lip-Smackin' BBQ Chicken

South Carolina:
The kids always say “prepare to lick your lips” when we have friends over for barbecue chicken. I’m proud of this dish, the first recipe I ever created. —Sue Thomas, Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Cherry Barbecue Sauce

California:
You can use fresh or frozen cherries to make this flavorful barbecue sauce. It tastes great on ribs and chicken! —Ilene Harrington, Nipomo, California
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Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce

California:
I’ve never cared that much for store bought barbecue sauce. I just like to make things myself from scratch including this spicy, deep red-brown sauce. You’ll find it clings well when you slather it on grilled meat. —Helena Georgette Mann, Sacramento, California

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