This Map Shows the Most Popular BBQ Style In Every State

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Happy National BBQ Month!

(Yes, that's a thing.)

With nothing but warm weather and long days ahead, May is the perfect time to break out your grill, invite some friends over, and enjoy one of America's favorite pastimes. Brisket and chicken wings and sausage—oh my! There are so many mouthwatering meat options to choose from, and even more ways to cook them all. Of course, this kind of variety lends itself to folks having a lot of opinions about the best type of barbecue.

First, let's talk about the most common BBQ styles: Texas style, Kansas City style, Memphis style, North Carolina style, and South Carolina style. Also known as "The Big 5," these regional methods for cookin' up meat are all delicious in their own way. Some favor slow-and-low smoking, while others prefer to fire up the grill. Where one style wants sweet molasses sauce, another swears by using mustard. There's no real right or wrong answer about which is the best—so we'll have to settle for knowing which style people eat the most.

Photo credit: BBQ Revolution
Photo credit: BBQ Revolution

Using search data and Google Trends, BBQ Revolution was able to determine the most popular BBQ styles across the country. Texas style BBQ came out on top, winning a whopping 33 states. Kansas City style and North Carolina style tied for second with 6 states apiece, followed closely by Memphis style. South Carolina style was only a favorite in—you guessed it—the state of South Carolina.

What do you think of your individual state's pick? Tell us in the comments!

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