Any time a list of great BBQ in the United States comes out, the majority of respect is given to joints located in states like Tennessee, Kansas, and North Carolina. And rightfully so. Cities like Memphis and Kansas City have earned that crown thanks to years of honing their delicious smoked meats. But it’s important to give credit where it’s due, and sometimes cities that make great food end up sneaking through the cracks. That’s where this small town in the Land of Lincoln comes in. While it’s just a small town, it boasts two highly praised BBQ restaurants, making Murphysboro, Illinois, hog heaven for BBQ lovers!


Have you tried the famous Ribs at 17th St. Bar & Grill? Or how about the pulled pork from Pat’s BBQ? If not, what’s taking you so long to visit Murphysboro, Illinois, the best BBQ town in the country? Did we miss any of your favorite BBQ spots in Illinois? Share them with your fellow barbecue enthusiasts in the comments below!

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