BBQ is one of the most beloved summer pastimes, and there are many different types of BBQ to enjoy. From authentic Texas barbecue to mouth-watering Kansas City style ribs, everyone has their favorite version. Here’s a quick look at some of the main types of BBQ that you can savor this season.


Southern Style: This form of barbecue originated in the southeastern United States and typically features pork that is cooked very slowly over low heat for a prolonged period. Pulled pork sandwiches are perhaps the most iconic Southern-style dish. Other favorites include smoked rib tips, beef brisket, and pulled chicken sandwiches topped with tangy coleslaw or pickles.


Texas Barbecue: As the name implies, Texas barbecue is popular in the Lone Star State. This version of BBQ uses beef as its primary protein (though pork can be included too). The beef is seasoned with a dry rub and cooked over high heat until it’s tender and juicy. Popular dishes include smoked prime rib, steak sandwiches, brisket tacos, and smoked sausage links.


Kansas City Style: This type of BBQ is known for its sweet and smoky flavor. Ribs are usually cooked slowly over hickory wood smoke, then slathered in a thick sauce made from molasses or brown sugar. Kansas City style barbecue also includes brisket, pulled pork, chicken wings, and burnt ends.


Carolina-Style: This type of barbecue is often served with a vinegar-based sauce. The protein is usually pork shoulder, but you may also find pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, and chicken wings. Hickory wood smoke provides the smoky flavor that Carolina BBQ is known for.


BBQ has been around since the colonial era, and it’s no wonder why: each region offers its own unique take on this classic summertime treat. Whether you prefer sweet and smoky or tangy and spicy, there’s something for everyone when it comes to BBQ! So fire up the grill this season and savor all of the delicious varieties in Nashville!


Happy grilling! :)

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