The Top 50 BBQ Joints 2008

Listed alphabetically by city.

ABILENE

Harold’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Primary heat source: Wood.

Notable decor: A wall of vacation photos from patrons who’ve taken bottles of Harold’s sauce to all corners of the globe.

It’s worth standing in line at Harold’s for the oak-smoked offerings behind the counter—including flavorful brisket and a sausage so savory we eschewed the spicy homemade sauce. The sides and desserts (including what was, perhaps, the holy grail of peach cobbler) more than held their own. JB

Rating: 4.75.
1305 Walnut, 325-672-4451 or 877-700-9769. Open Mon—Sat 11—2:30. Closed Sun. [Map]

ATHENS

Cripple Creek B-B-Q

Tags: FOOD, BARBECUE, BBQ

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