Trip Overview

While several towns in Texas, the Carolinas and Tennessee may call themselves the nation’s best bar-be-cuers, it’s hard to beat the smoky flavors and mouth-watering ribs served in these Missouri and Kentucky locations. You’ll love these Midwestern spots where smoke and meat go together like beans and rice, much to the finger-licking delight of locals and visitors alike. You’ll likely have your first taste of mutton in Kentucky and if you’re lucky, perhaps a big snoot or two. Wash down the sumptuous meat and sides with a cold brew or two at several Louisville brewery hot spots and you’ll understand why the Midwest is a go-to destination for beers and BBQ.