So it's not summer yet? The way we see it, it's never too early for a barbecue. The southern states, in particular, are pretty blessed as fair as good weather goes — which is why we've hunted down the best of the best when it comes to great barbecue restaurants.

Next time you're in search of some succulent, juicy pulled pork, have a craving for some smoked sausage, or deliciously creamy coleslaw, pull up our beautifully illustrated map and start ticking these hotspots off one by one. You're welcome.

1 - Alabama (Decatur): Big Bob Gibson
2 - Arkansas (Hot Springs): McClard’s
3 - Florida (Jacksonville): Jenkins Quality Barbecue
4 - Georgia (Atlanta): Fox Bros
5 - Kentucky (Owensboro): Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn
6 - Louisiana (New Orleans): The Joint
7 - Mississippi (Hattiesburg): Leatha’s Bar-B-Que Inn
8 - Oklahoma (Oklahoma City): Iron Star Urban Barbeque
9 - North Carolina (Lexington): Lexington Barbecue
10 - South Carolina (Little Mountain): Cannon’s Barbecue

11 - Tennessee (Memphis): Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous 
12 - Texas (Lockhart): Black’s Barbecue 

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