Sauce Bosses: A Roadmap of American BBQ

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From Alabama White and Carolina Gold to Texas brisket and a little something called crispy snoots, American barbecue culture encompasses a diverse medley of cooking techniques, cuts of meat and finger-lickin’-flavorful sauces. Today, many regions across the country have their own variations of barbeque — and some seriously deep local cultures to go along with them.

To celebrate the fact that grilling season is officially underway, we’re taking a quick trip across the country to highlight some of the United States’ tastiest and most time-honored barbecue legends. Some are more famous than others, sure. But they're all unique and more than worth a try, whether you’re an aspiring pitmaster or still don’t know your way around a pair of tongs.