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Hot Springs, Arkansas, is the historic home of Prohibition-era mobsters, thermal spas, and (for much of his childhood, at least) former President Bill Clinton. And while you might not think of the Natural State as a barbecue destination, you should know that Hot Springs is also the home of McClard’s Bar-B-Q, which has been in business since 1928. We invite you to watch Ovens Are for Pies, a short film about McClard’s by Joe York of the Southern Foodways Alliance.
If you go: McClard’s Barbecue, 505 Albert Pike, Hot Springs, Arkansas
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 8 pm
McClard’s signature dish: The Spread (or at least it’s the most notorious), a bonanza of hot tamales, chopped beef barbecue, and an embarrassment of toppings. If that’s too aggressive for your taste, go with pork ribs or a barbecue sandwich.