Without a doubt, there are some foods that are normal to Americans but strange to practically everyone else. But this isn't the case for BBQ... Well, unless you're vegetarian or vegan. But even then, there are vegetarian BBQ joints, Korean BBQ destinations, and an assortment of other restaurants that all pay homage to the BBQ tradition of the country. Then there are gut-busting BBQ festivals found across the country that capture the hearts of every BBQ-lover around. But where do the celebrities eat? Where can we possibly find Oprah, Bill Murray, or Hugh Jackman chowing down?
Well, it turns out that A-List stars have their BBQ preferences as well, and most are found in the heartland of America. Without further ado, here is North Carolina, New York, Tennesse, and other major cities with the best BBQ, according to stars.
10 Oprah Loves Pat's Rib Place In Waukesha, Wisconsin
Luckily for BBQ fans, staying near Pat's Rib Place in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The area is part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area which has been voted as the hottest new travel destination by AirBnB. So, here's hoping that Pat's Rib Place receives some more well-earned business. After all, it's one of the best Southern-style cooking joints in all of America, according to Oprah. The mega-star celebrated her 62nd birthday at Pat's, which was named after the mother of co-owner Alisha Hayes. Everything at Pat's is made from scratch. They have a variety of BBQ meats, including fish for those inclined.
9 Bill Murray Loves Midwood Smokehouse In Charlotte, North Carolina
The Pitmaster at Midwood Smokehouse claims that one of the secrets to creating fantastic BBQ eats is patience. And, apparently, his secret pays off big time. There are 4 locations of these businesses in North Carolina and one down in South Carolina due to its popularity. According to Galuxsee, Bill Murray is one of the biggest fans of this smokehouse. They are famous for their cheesesteaks, thinly sliced smoked brisket with Boar's Head White American Cheese, and their BBG Pork Chop. Their main location in Plaza Midwood boasts a trendy, laid-back atmosphere that attracts people of all ages.
8 Al Roker, Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo Love Franklin BBQ In Austin, Texas
Jimmy Kimmel prides himself on knowing exactly where to get the best BBQ in all of the U.S. So, it's no wonder why he's expressed his love for Franklin BBQ in Austin, Texas. Without a doubt, this is one of the most famous BBQ establishments in all of Austin and therefore tends to have incredibly long lines out the door that can end up taking 4 hours to get through. According to Galuxsee, Jimmy and his show sidekick Guillermo chowed down on brisket and pulled pork not long after Al Roker and Tony Hawk did the same.
7 Hugh Jackman Loves Pappy's Smokehouse In St. Louis, Missouri
According to their official website, the BBQ at Pappy's Smokehouse was designed to be incredibly simple. The St. Louis, Missouri establishment isn't about fancy tricks and gimmicks. But what makes their meat taste so good is the fact that it takes 24 hours to smoke over sweet apple or cherry wood. Their meat is then served with a choice of three delicious BBQ sauces, Sweet Baby Jane, Original, or HooDoo Sauce. To top it off, the environment it's down-to-Earth and relaxed. At the very least, it's good enough to attract Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman.
6 Bob Saget And Melissa Joan Hart Love Southern Hospitality In Brooklyn, New York
Full House star and comedian Bob Saget, as well as Sabrina The Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart, have both been spotted chowing down at Southern Hospitality in Brooklyn, New York. Given that New York, and all of its five boroughs, are known for having some of the best restaurants in the world, there's no wonder that they've tried to bring over some of the South's best BBQ. According to Galuxsee, Justin Timberlake is also a fan of the authentic BBQ served at this family-friendly spot.
5 Justin Theroux Loves Black's Barbecue In Austin And Lockhart, Texas
According to Galuxsee, Jennifer Aniston's ex, HBO's Leftovers star Justin Theroux, did 3 BBQs in just 3 hours in May 2017. Black's in Lockhart, Texas was the last BBQ joint he visited, and apparently it eas just the absolute best. While there is also a Black's in Austin, the Lockhart location is the original. The BBQ "Outpost" serves BBQ cooked fresh on the old Lockhart pits by the family who've owned the small chain for three generations. Yeah, this is some really authentic Southern BBQ, people!
4 Beyonce, Lily Aldridge, And Neil Patrick Harris Love Cochon Butcher, In Nashville, Tennesse And New Orleans, Lousiana
Cochon Butcher can be found in both Nashville, Tennesse, and New Orleans, Lousiana, according to their official website. Regardless of which destination you chose to visit, chances are your mind will be blown. At least, that's what Beyonce claimed on Instagram after she visited the New Orleans location in 2014. According to Galuxsee, Al Roker, Kate Bosworth, Matrix 4 star Neil Patrick Harris, and Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldrige all absolutely love both locations. Word on the street is; try their wood-fired oysters with garlic butter.
3 Emily VanCamp Loves Quarters Korean BBQ In Los Angeles, California
There's no way we could do a list about the best BBQ joints without including at least one entry with a spectacular Korean BBQ. According to Galuxsee, Revenge, and Captain America star Emily VanCamp is a huge fan of Quarters Korean BBQ in Los Angeles, California. Reviewers on TripAdvisor claim that this is the best Korean BBQ place in all of L.A. due to the quality of their meat. It's also of good value, even though the waits on the weekend can be extensive.
2 Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett Loves Slows BBQ In Detroit, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan is another great place to get BBQ in the U.S. Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett is a fan of Slows Bar BQ, in particular. According to Galuxsee, she claimed that it's the best BBQ food she's ever had. There are multiple Slows Bar BQ locations in Michigan. They can be found in Detroit, Grand Rapids, and in Pontiac. The chain is owned by the Cooley family and it has appeared on Adam Richman's Man V.S. Food, as well as on Yard Bird. Their pulled chicken sandwich is the highlight among most TripAdvisor reviewers.
1 Lily Collins And Prince Harry Love Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous In Memphis, Tennesse
Memphis is BBQ central. Any reader who knows a thing or two about great BBQ was expecting this city to pop up on this list. While there are several amazing BBQ joints in the city, on Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous gets the stamp of approval from star Lily Collins and royals Prince William and Prince Harry, according to Galuxsee. All of these celebrities have been patrons at the establishment which has been serving heir dry rub for a whopping 70 years. Here's hoping they get another 70!