To determine the rankings, the site says it “analyzed TripAdvisor ratings of all BBQ joints in the nation’s top 75 largest cities and ranked the cities based on their average rating,” resulting in a very strange list. Where did Texas rank among the top spots for barbecue? It didn’t. […]
To determine the rankings, the site says it "analyzed TripAdvisor ratings of all BBQ joints in the nation’s top 75 largest cities and ranked the cities based on their average rating," resulting in a very strange list.
Where did Texas rank among the top spots for barbecue? It didn't. Texas's biggest cities actually ranked among the 10 worst. And as for San Antonio? Well, the news is grim.
Breaking down the top 10
Ranking as the top city for barbecue is New Orleans, home to some of the best cuisine in the nation, but not this kind of cuisine. Sure, the city dishes out a mean barbecue shrimp, but guess what? That doesn't count. Po'boys? Sure! Etoufees and muffalettas and jambalya? The Big Easy nails it. But am I ordering a brisket to go with my Hurricane? No, I am not.
And it just gets worst from there. Second on the best-of list? Oklahoma City. We're assuming they meant to write "Kansas City" and Oklahoma was a typo, so moving on.
Third is a three-way tie between Charlotte, which is at least in North Carolina; Virginia Beach, which is close enough to North Carolina that it gets a pass; and Witchita, which we'll allow only because it's within driving distance of barbecue mecca Kansas City.
As for the last half of the best-of list, thing just devolve from there. Columbus, Ohio, is No. 6, a hard nope, followed by cold, rainy, damp Seattle at No. 7. Can you even keep a smoker going up there? St. Louis is No. 8, a city that gets no complaints from us. But the No. 9 tie between Miami and Newark, New Jersey, is just offensive. New Jersey! Ordering a sausage hoagie with peppers and onions, maybe. Finding a decent smoked house made sausage with a side of slaw? You're not gonna find that at Wawa, bro.
El Paso, No. 12, is the highest-ranked Texas city, coming in right before Irvine, California. Next on the list is Austin at No. 18, likely buoyed because of its proximity to Taylor and Lockhart, and Dallas punches in at a mediocre No. 38.
But as for the rest of the big Lone Star cities, they all fell onto the top 10 worst cities for barbecue. Plano, which is literally next-door to Dallas and thus makes no sense, ranked the second worst, followed by San Antonio in the fourth-worst spot.
Houston comes in at No. 7 among worst barbecue cities followed by "Forth" Worth, which ranked No. 10. You'd think if they were going to drag a Texas city about being bad at barbecue, they'd at least go to the trouble of getting its name right.
Internet is angry
Naturally, people are angry and even famous Hollywood directors are weighing on on what can only be the biggest traffic boon ever to this obscure website. The outrage is enough that at one point No Texas was trending on Twitter (though some people thought it was because of other reasons and chimed in about the state being ousted from the union).
In the end, we'll leave it to our sister city to sum up the accuracy of this list.