In the world of barbecue—which is sometimes much more like a competitive sport than a culinary art—Mississippi rarely gets its props.
And that's a shame. Being located smack dab in the middle of the South has given our state's barbecue chefs an opportunity to soak in the best traditions of limelight-hugging 'cue destinations like Memphis, Texas and Alabama, while managing to cook up a few unique variations themselves.
That's why Mississippi's got a little bit of everything 'cue: wet, dry, sweet, spicy, hickory, mesquite—you name it—and Jackson provides a slow-cooked cross-section of what the state has to offer.
So grab your bibs and your dental floss and check out some of these metro area 'cue champs.