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Chowhound/Best BBQ

by TP Lowe » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:48 pm

Careful - clickbait here. Spoiler: Kentucky's best is a chain (though I still think it's pretty good Q, maybe not the best in the state):

https://www.chowhound.com/pictures/50-s ... cue-joints
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Re: Chowhound/Best BBQ

by Robin Garr » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:54 pm

Thanks, TP, but maybe you could tell us who they chose? I'm not going to click through one state full of ads at a time until I get to Kentucky.
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Re: Chowhound/Best BBQ

by TP Lowe » Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:15 pm

Sure, Robin - Martin's. Didn't want to spoil it for someone who loves lists.
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Re: Chowhound/Best BBQ

by Robin Garr » Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:00 pm

There are people who love 50-page clickbait galleries? Show them to me. :twisted:
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Re: Chowhound/Best BBQ

by Andrew Mellman » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:13 pm

Unfortunately, I agree (at least for the area around Louisville). While I would put Moonlight - and several along the TN border - way ahead, I do like Martin's best IN LOUISVILLE.
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Re: Chowhound/Best BBQ

by Clay Cundiff » Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:01 am

Blue Door in Lexington is the best I've had in Kentucky.

Momma's is my go-to here in Louisville.
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Re: Chowhound/Best BBQ

by MarieP » Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:25 am

My family and I really like City BBQ on Whittington Pkwy. We definitely thought it topped Martin's.
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Re: Chowhound/Best BBQ

by Mark R. » Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:18 pm

MarieP wrote:My family and I really like City BBQ on Whittington Pkwy. We definitely thought it topped Martin's.

It wouldn't take much to be better than Martin's IMO. City certainly is pretty good although I love the burnt ends at Mamas, I really haven't found a place that I really like the brisket.
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Re: Chowhound/Best BBQ

by Steve Eslinger » Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:54 am

Best BBQ I've had in-state is Roy's in Russellville. Ask Stephen King, he'll vouch for it. Best pulled pork (actually, they mince it) I've had outside of North Carolina, which due to my college years being spent there became my benchmark.
As far as Louisville goes, with the sad demise of Eric Gould's Smoketown USA, I'm left with few options that excite. I agree with those who say they've yet to find a truly noteworthy brisket. I also second the recommendation of Momma's burnt ends. Perhaps my favorite BBQ item in town right now is the smoked sausage at City. Combined with their excellent sides (lots of brisket in the beans and pork in the greens), I'd rate them up there with anyone in town, although I've yet to try Martin's.
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Re: Chowhound/Best BBQ

by Jay M. » Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:51 pm

Steve Eslinger wrote:... North Carolina, which due to my college years being spent there became my benchmark...


Which NC BBQ type do you favor?

Steve Eslinger wrote:...yet to find a truly noteworthy brisket...


Have you tried Jucy's?

http://www.jucys.com
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Re: Chowhound/Best BBQ

by scott.wade » Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:20 pm

Harley's Hardwoodz BBQ in Jeffersonville has incredible brisket.
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Re: Chowhound/Best BBQ

by Mark R. » Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:05 pm

Jay M. wrote:Have you tried Jucy's?

http://www.jucys.com

Is there brisket sliced or chopped? IMO sliced is the only way to go.
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Re: Chowhound/Best BBQ

by Margie L » Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:35 pm

Jucy's is the best brisket, hands down.

Momma's beef ribs are my favorite local BBQ, though.
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Re: Chowhound/Best BBQ

by Jay M. » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:42 pm

Mark R. wrote:
Jay M. wrote:Have you tried Jucy's?

http://www.jucys.com

Is there brisket sliced or chopped? IMO sliced is the only way to go.

It's sliced, but they'll chop it if you like. They cut it off the brisket as you order.
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Re: Chowhound/Best BBQ

by Steve Eslinger » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:48 am

Hey Jay,
Not being a native Tar Heel, I wasn't burdened with purism regarding the two styles. But, since my school had semi-annual pig-pickins, my introduction was whole hog, and since I never saw the point of adding ketchup to the sauce, I'd say I definitely came down on the Eastern side of the divide. Never quite got the fascination with slaw, though. Never even heard of a slaw-dog until stumbling into a late-nite gas station one evening, but that's another story.
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Edited to add: I totally forgot about Jucy's and their brisket as it's been so long since I've been there. Now that you mention it, I do remember liking their brisket quite a bit. Still good as ever?
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