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Here Are 15 BBQ Joints In Virginia That Will Leave Your Mouth Watering Uncontrollably

I approach today’s topic with what I consider to be a healthy amount of fear and trepidation. Trying to name the “best” barbecue is like trying to tell someone why orange is the best color when their favorite is green. It all comes down to personal taste. And when it comes to barbecue, Virginians don’t mess around. Like many of our neighbors to the west and south, we take our smoked meats quite seriously.

When discussing this most sacred of topics, there are many factors to consider. Sauces can be sweet, smoky, spicy, vinegar-based or maybe start with mustard…unless, of course, you prefer a dry rub. Then there’s the meat – pork, beef or chicken? Pulled, brisket or ribs?

Regardless of your favorite combination, Virginia has more than enough options when it comes to getting a great plate of barbecue. The following places have been recognized by national publications, as well as readers’ preferences. So, while your favorite may not be on the list, at least you’ll walk away with a few new places to try.

Don’t worry, I know there are hundreds more we could add to the list, but this will at least help you plan your next hunt for Virginia’s best kept secrets. Let us know about some of your favorites (and why you like them so much), in the comments below!

Anna Strock
Virginia staff writer for Only in Your State, freelance writer and journalist. Even though Anna has lived other places, somehow Virginia is where she always seems to land.