Georgia 5th, South Carolina 7th in Barbecue Rankings
The annual list compiled by TripAdvisor ranked Georgia fifth and South Carolina seventh as the states with the best barbecue. A year ago, Georgia had ranked first and South Carolina sixth.
Tennessee claimed the top spot this year, followed by Texas, Missouri and North Carolina.
But Joe’s BBQ in Blue Ridge, Ga., ranked as the best spot for barbecue. Joe’s BBQ is a cabin-style restaurant nestled in the mountains just south of the Tennessee-North Carolina border. According to one reviewer, “The pork and ribs are the standouts. Both were tender and packed with flavor, and smoked perfectly.”
The state rankings were given by the volume and quality of reviews on TripAdvisor, as well as the total number and percentage of restaurants in the state classified as barbecue. The individual restaurants were rated on the quality of reviews for restaurants with a minimum of 100 reviews. Chain restaurants with more than 10 stores were excluded.