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The 20 Best Barbecue Cities in America

The 20 Best Barbecue Cities in America

According to a new survey from lawn care company LawnStarter, Kansas City, Missouri, is the barbecue epicenter of the country. The ranking system is based on 14 weighted factors, including the number of barbecue and smokehouse restaurants, number of top-rated barbecue and smokehouse restaurants, number of barbecue festivals and competitions, consumer restaurant ratings, number of top-ranked cooking teams, and more. The cities were awarded points in each category, and those values were added up for an overall score out of 100. Kansas City earned about 60 points, nearly 14 points ahead of runner-up Chicago. Los Angeles has the most top-rated barbecue restaurants of all 199 cities included in the study; and New York is right behind it (tied with Honolulu, Hawaii).

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