G&G’s Top 21 Barbecue Sandwiches

Pulled, chopped, sliced, drenched, dry, or even covered in cheese (blasphemy!), the barbecue sandwich is experiencing a renaissance

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    From classic pulled pork in North Carolina to traditional Texas brisket to Kentucky mutton, here are twenty-one of the best BBQ sandwiches you’ll ever eat.

    Peter Frank Edwards

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    12 Bones Smoke House (pictured here)
    Where: Asheville, North Carolina; 12bones.com
    What to order: Hogzilla. This audacious sandwich is a mountain of pig: pliant sausage, thick strips of sugar-cured bacon, and shreds of exquisite smoked pork on a toasted sub roll.

    Alamo BBQ
    Where: Richmond, Virginia; alamobbqva.com
    What to order: Pulled Chicken Sandwich. Luscious pulled chicken – shuddering with just the right amount of smoke – and vinegary cabbage slaw, plunked on a lightly toasted bun.

    Taylor Mathis

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    Bunn’s Barbecue (pictured here)
    Where: Windsor, North Carolina; 252-794-2274
    What to order: Barbecue Sandwich on Cornbread. An unorthodox foundation for a sandwich of satiny pulled pork and shredded green cabbage, spritzed with a sheer sauce of vinegar and red pepper.

    Bear’s Restaurant
    Where: Covington, Louisiana; 985-892-2373
    What to order: Barbecue Beef Po’boy. French bread is freighted with an unruly quantity of peppery slow-roasted beef, sliced as thin as butterfly wings then drenched with a tangy house-made sauce.

    Peter Frank Edwards

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    Heirloom Market (pictured here)
    Where: Atlanta, Georgia; heirloommarketbbq.com
    What to order: Spicy Korean Pork Sandwich. Made with Berkshire hogs, the smoked pork is marinated in gochujang chile paste and served on a glazed potato bun with a wig of kimchi.

    Bunyan’s Bar-B-Que
    Where: Florence, Alabama; 256-766-3522
    What to order: BBQ Sandwich. The spicy mustard slaw that Bunyan’s plops atop its white-sauced pulled pork sandwiches is so extraordinary that area home cooks compete to produce the best knock-of version.

    Brian Woodcock

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    Jackie Hite’s Bar-B-Que (pictured here)
    Where: Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina; 803-532-3354
    What to Order: Jackie Hite learned the art of barbecue from his father, and after more than fifty years of practice, he knows his way around a hog. His pork sandwich is a testament to South Carolina’s barbecue heritage, with coarse chunks of brined and smoked pork, bathed in a classic sauce of mustard and vinegar.

    Craig's Bar-B-Q
    Where: Devalls Bluff, Arkansas; 501-998-2616
    What to Order: Served on a squishy white bun with a hefty portion of creamy, cooling slaw, Craig's sliced pork looks the part of a typical Memphis-style sandwich. But connoisseurs flock to this roadside cottage—furnished with vinyl chairs and peeling wallpaper printed with duck-hunting scenes—for the peppery barbecue sauce that comes in three advertised heat gradients, plus one "extra hot" version for locals.

    Peter Frank Edwards

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    Mustang Creek Bar-B-Q (pictured here)
    Where: Louise, Texas; 979-648-2600
    What to order: Bohemian Special. Wedges of smoked sausage are piled atop fatty flaps of sliced brisket, served on a soft white hamburger bun and offset by the snap of raw onions and crimpled dill pickles.

    Hickory Pig
    Where: Gainesville, Georgia; 770-503-5235
    What to order: Pulled Pork Sandwich. Impossibly tender pulled pork is served gently sauced and piled with pickles.

    Penny De Los Santos

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    Old Hickory Pitt Bar-B-Q (pictured here)
    Where: Owensboro, Kentucky; 270-926-9000
    What to order: Chopped Mutton Sandwich. Smoke sheep shoulder is finely chopped and anointed with vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and allspice.

    Meshack’s Bar-Be-Que Shack
    Where: Garland, Texas; 214-227-4748
    What to order: Sliced Beef Sandwich. Heaped with slices of pecan-smoke brisket, sporting a dusky crust and picture-perfect smoke ring.

    Caroline Allison

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    Papa Kayjoe’s BBQ
    Where: Centerville, Tennessee; 931-729-2131
    What to order: Hoecake Sandwich. Cornmeal pancakes are cooked on the griddle for this shredded-Boston-butt sandwich. Pickles or slaw can be added, but the pure swine version is recommended.

    Payne’s Bar-B-Que
    Where: Memphis, Tennessee; 901-272-1523
    What to order: Chopped Shoulder Sandwich. Pork shoulder chopped to order is topped with a mustard-based slaw that waltzes with pork’s smoke then wrapped in wax paper.

    Caroline Allison

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    Petty’s BBQ (pictured here)
    Where: Starkville, Mississippi; 662-324-2363
    What to order: BBQ Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Hickory-smoked pork is shoehorned with lettuce and American cheese between two slices of Texas toast and then grilled.

    Railhead
    Where: Fort Worth, Texas; railheadbbq.net
    What to order: BBQ Bologna Sandwich. The droopy pork makes an ideal match for the stinging vinegar-based sauce.

    Porky’s Bayside
    Where: Marathon, Florida; porkysbaysidebbq.com
    What to order: Cuban Barbecue Pork Sandwich. Pulled pork that has been marinated in a chiles and citrus juices.

    Rob Culpepper

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    Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge (pictured here)
    Where: Shelby, North Carolina; bridgesbbq.com
    What to order: BBQ Sandwich. Pork shoulder is chopped, slathered with a tomato-based vinegar sauce, and capped with red slaw.

    Ridgewood Barbeque
    Where: Bluff City, Tennessee; 423-538-7543
    What to order: Pork Sandwich. Thinly sliced hickory-smoked ham is finished with a mahogany-hued sauce that harnesses the best of vinegar and ketchup traditions.

    Taylor Mathis

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    Wilber’s Barbecue (pictured here)
    Where: Goldsboro, North Carolina; wilbersbarbecue.com
    What to order: Big-Que Sandwich. The chopped whole-hog meat is varnished with a vinegar-based sauce and served with lacy slaw.

    Southern Soul Barbecue
    Where: St. Simon’s, Georgia; southernsoulbbq.com
    What to order: Pulled Pork Sandwich. The signature pork derives its profound flavors from fourteen hours spent luxuriating in oak smoke and a secret “soul seasoning.”

    Peter Frank Edwards

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    Bunn’s Barbecue in Windsor, North Carolina

    Peter Frank Edwards

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    The menu at Petty’s BBQ in Starksville, Mississippi

    Rob Culpepper

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    Hard at work at Jackie Hite’s Bar-B-Que in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina

    Peter Frank Edwards

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    Stoking the fire at Wilber’s Barbecue in Goldsboro, North Carolia

    Peter Frank Edwards

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    Mutton by the pound at Old Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q in Owensboro, Kentucky

    Caroline Allison

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    Getting down to business at Papa Jayjoe’s in Centerville, Tennessee

    Caroline Allison

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    Craving ribs instead? Choose from Blueberry Chipotle flavor to “Nekkid” salt and pepper rub at 12 Bones Smokehouse in Asheville, North Carolina.

    Taylor Mathis

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    Step inside Red Bridge’s Barbecue in Shelby, North Carolina

    Taylor Mathis

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