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Jackie Hite’s Bar-B-Que (pictured here)
Where: Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina; 803-532-3354
What to Order: Jackie Hite learned the art of barbecue from his father, and after more than fifty years of practice, he knows his way around a hog. His pork sandwich is a testament to South Carolina’s barbecue heritage, with coarse chunks of brined and smoked pork, bathed in a classic sauce of mustard and vinegar.
Where: Devalls Bluff, Arkansas; 501-998-2616
What to Order: Served on a squishy white bun with a hefty portion of creamy, cooling slaw, Craig's sliced pork looks the part of a typical Memphis-style sandwich. But connoisseurs flock to this roadside cottage—furnished with vinyl chairs and peeling wallpaper printed with duck-hunting scenes—for the peppery barbecue sauce that comes in three advertised heat gradients, plus one "extra hot" version for locals.
Peter Frank Edwards