3. Kansas City, MO
Kansas City's barbeque style traces its roots back to Henry Perry in 1908. Perry, who hailed from outside of Memphis, started selling slow-cooked ribs for a quarter in the 18th and Vine neighborhood of Kansas City. It was later renamed Arthur Bryant's, which remains one of the most popular barbeque names in KC. (Consequently, a former cook at Perry's restaurant opened what would become another revered spot: Gates Bar-B-Q in 1946.) Because Kansas City's style was heavily influenced by Perry, it also borrowed some traits from Memphis. You'll find that this city's barbeque is characterized by a variety of meats and a thick tomato-molasses sauce.
Where to Try? TripAdvisor users tend to think Oklahoma Joe's is the all-around best place for barbeque. But you've got to try Arthur Bryant's and Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q for the history as well as the tasty fare.