Vote for the South’s Best Ribs


Photo by Jennifer Davick

Wet or dry? Hickory or oak? Pork or beef (or even mutton)? No matter which way you take your ribs, there’s something beautifully primal about hunkering down with a slab. And we want to know which barbecue joint YOU think serves the best ribs in the South. Cast your vote below!


This list is by no means all-inclusive. We know we’ve definitely missed a joint near and dear to your heart. And we want to hear about it. Leave us a comment. We promise we’re listening.


  1. Lauren

    Memphis Barbecue Company in Horn Lake, MS is the best BBQ I have ever put in my mouth. Everything is fresh, and the employees are the best around. The prices are very fair, and everything all around is AMAZING.

    April 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm
  2. Lauren C.

    Memphis Barbecue Company BY FAR!!

    April 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm
  3. Rick

    Fat Matt’s Atlanta, bet.

    April 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm
  4. James Miller

    Best BBQ ever – Hubba Hubba in Hendersonville, NC!

    April 1, 2013 at 12:05 am
  5. Kelly Nichols

    Memphis Barbecue Company in Horn Lake, MS

    Best Ribs Ever!!!!
    2x Memphis in May Champions
    2013 Kingsford Invitational Champs!!! Ribs, Brisket, and Pork (whole hog)

    March 23, 2013 at 1:18 am
  6. Marie Deits

    Sam’s BBQ1 in Marietta Georgia has the finest pork barbecue in the US. Ribs, Pulled Pork
    can’t be beat. Come try the best!!!!!

    March 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm
  7. Lynn Huffman

    Hubba Hubba Smokehouse in Flat Rock, North Carolina! Awesome barbecue and smoked fish on the weekend>

    March 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm
  8. susan henry

    Susan H

    Here’s one more fan of Hubba Hubba: great food and atmosphere!

    March 18, 2013 at 10:11 am
  9. Steve

    The folks @ Hubba Hubba Smokehouse in Flat Rock, NC do a great job! As a food service operator, I can appreciate the love they put into their food and you can taste it EVERY TIME you take a bite!

    March 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm
  10. Anita Green

    Smoking in Style Hot Springs AR

    March 16, 2013 at 5:03 pm
  11. Gypsy Adams

    Hubba Hubba Smokehouse in Flat Rock, N.C.! Great bbq and killer sides. A destination with great shops too!
    Gypsy Adams

    March 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm
  12. Billye Blackmon

    Hubba Hubba

    March 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm
  13. betty& vick

    Hubba Hubba Smokehouse in Flat Rock, Norh Carolina has the greatest BBQ, delightful atmosphere in a friendly setting.
    Betty & Vick

    March 15, 2013 at 6:17 pm
  14. Liz

    Hubba Hubba Smokehouse is amazing! One of the best restaurants in Flat Rock!

    March 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  15. Trex

    word has it Fiery Bob kept voting for himself … shame he couldn’t win legit

    March 15, 2013 at 12:52 pm
  16. Beth Engel

    Yes, Johnny Riblets, you DO need to get to Hubba Hubba–small menu of items made with smoky love–also inventive, delicious sides and slightly quirky setting make it a fav place for us…

    March 15, 2013 at 10:26 am
  17. Jen

    Hubba Hubba Smokehouse in Flat Rock,NC

    March 15, 2013 at 10:24 am
  18. DJ

    Hubba Hubba Smokehouse in Flat Rock, NC has great Ribs, Pulled Chicken & Pork plus delicious sides like collard greens and black eyed peas!

    March 15, 2013 at 9:31 am
  19. Bethany Frazier

    Bummed that Hubba Hubba’s Smokehouse in Flat Rock, NC was left off the list!

    March 15, 2013 at 8:49 am
  20. Shannon

    Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, Flat Rock NC

    March 15, 2013 at 8:39 am
  21. Marcia and Jim Caserio

    Hubba Bubba Barbeque in the little historic village of Flat Rock is within walking distance of the national historic landmark, Carl Sandburg’s Home, Connemara. Hubba Bubba is also within walking distance of the North Carolina State Theater, Flat Rock Playhouse. Hubba Bubba has great ribs and wonderful barbecue with indoor and outdoor seating. We love the unique shops on Rainbow Row, which it is a part of, especially the Wrinkled Egg which has an amazing assortment of gifts and interesting art pieces. Hubba Bubba is a great destination for eating yummy ribs and barbecue while spending the day and evening visiting the special attractions of Flat Rock. Before leaving town folks should stop at Sky Top Orchard and pick a bushel of fresh apples right off the tree or pick up jams and jellies to carry home.

    March 15, 2013 at 8:18 am
  22. Cathy Kelly

    Corky’s and Rendezvous in Memphis, TN
    Awesome atmosphere and Great Service!

    March 15, 2013 at 8:00 am
  23. Dennis

    As a resident of NC I’ll definitely not go to Hubba Hubba for making a farce out of this.

    March 15, 2013 at 7:50 am
  24. Tam

    You’re missing Famous Dave’s! How did that happen! YUMMY for sure!

    March 14, 2013 at 11:35 pm
  25. PhoebeFeed

    The very last comment listed seems to have been posted at 10:58p.m. by Brooke. It is now 12:02 a.m. and the poll above is listed as closed. I’m putting this note here to mark the end of the comments section since it should be cut off now too.

    March 14, 2013 at 11:05 pm
  26. Brooke


    March 14, 2013 at 10:58 pm
  27. Jan

    Hubba Hubba Smokehouse in Flat Rock, NC is definitely the BEST!!

    March 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm
  28. Shirley

    My sons restaurant, Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, is by far the very best! He has been cooking since he was very young and it has paid off! His BBQ is terrific and so is he!!!!

    March 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm
  29. Dennis Delahunty

    Hubba Hubba BBQ in Flat Rock, NC is a must. Starr Teel does a great job of providing great food in a friendly out-doorsy atmosphere. A MUST in Western NC!
    Dennis & Susan in Flat Rock

    March 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm
  30. Christian

    Why is Hubba Hubbavnot on the main list? They are the best!

    March 14, 2013 at 10:05 pm
  31. Jeff

    Hubba hubba smokehouse flat rock nc

    March 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm
  32. Bill

    I vote for Hubba Hubba. Outstanding!

    March 14, 2013 at 9:56 pm
  33. Marney

    Hubba Hubba Smokehouse in Flat Rock, NC has creative and scrumptious BBQ served with a smile!

    March 14, 2013 at 9:48 pm
  34. Starr Teel

    f Hubba Hubba/fans and friends have worked hard to make an impression on Southern Living for the benefit of our Future Legends BBQ Competition..with the help of Mike Mills (The Legend) his daughter Amy and good friend Jim Tabb…they have joined us in launching one of the best children’s KCBS sanctioned BBQ competitions in the country for the benefit of sending children (over 200 annually) of limited means to summer camp. It would be great if some of the many exceptional restaurants listed in this SL ‘Best of The South’ competition could join us..And, Southern Living could be here to cover the event. 30 teams last year trying to get to 60 in 2013…Saturday October the 12. We would love to have your help in growing this event!

    March 14, 2013 at 9:46 pm
  35. Issybop

    Hubba hubba! Best place to eat! Especially on your way to Camp Greystone!

    March 14, 2013 at 9:45 pm
  36. hb

    Hubba Hubba Smokehouse in Flat Rock, NC. Best BBQ around!

    March 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm
  37. Stephanie

    Hubba hubba is so special! Delicious and definitely the best! The staff is awesome too!

    March 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm
  38. Pakrat

    Hubba Hubba in Flat Rock, NC!!! Absolutely fantastic.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm
  39. Eleanor Simons Flowers

    Everyone needs to take a trip to Flat Rock, NC and eat at HubbaHubba. The BEST smoked BBQ! You gotta try it!

    March 14, 2013 at 9:15 pm
  40. Laura C.

    Hubba Hubba Smokehouse in Flat Rock, NC

    March 14, 2013 at 9:09 pm
  41. Kitty Robinsoni

    i wont to vote for Hubba Hubba Starr Teel how can I do that Kitty

    March 14, 2013 at 8:59 pm
  42. Steve

    Hubba Hubba Smokehouse is the BEST!!

    March 14, 2013 at 8:51 pm
  43. Kathy Harris

    Hubba Hubba Smokehouse! Love it!

    March 14, 2013 at 8:50 pm
  44. Will

    Hubba Hubba Smokehouse is the best, why isn’t it on the list?

    March 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm
  45. Liza Nix

    HUBBA HUBBA Smokehouse

    Flat Rock, North Carolina

    Pig split,
    fire lit,
    slaw fixed,
    sauce mixed.

    The best BBQ on this planet!

    March 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm
  46. Kat

    Hubba hubba Smokehouse Flat Rock, NC!!!

    March 14, 2013 at 8:42 pm
  47. Stephie

    Hubba Hubba Smokehouse; Flat Rock, NC. Unmatchable taste and unbeatable atmosphere. Hubba Hubba defines the ultimate BBQ experience.

    March 14, 2013 at 8:42 pm
  48. maggie Brooke

    Hubba Hubba in Flat Rock, NC. Fabulous BBQ!!!!

    March 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm

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