HOUSTON – This latest survey finding from Chef’s Pencil should concern you as a Texan.
The online food magazine used TripAdvisor reviews to rank the best and worst places in the U.S. for barbecue.
According to the results, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, and Wichita are the top three best places for barbecue. The findings were based on TripAdvisor reviews and the number of BBQ joints the city has.
The worst cities for barbecue? Four Texas cities, including Houston, are ranked among the worst places for barbecue. Ranked 7th lowest, Houston’s result was due to having the most barbecue restaurants per-capita with four stars or lower.
Anchorage, Alaska, Boston and Plano, Texas were the top three cities with the worst barbecue.
TripAdvisor responded to the survey via Twitter, saying they did not make the maps themselves and the results are “worrying.”
The analysis has us... concerned. How does Texas go missing?? Worrying.— Tripadvisor (@TripAdvisor) May 13, 2021
You can view the full results here. You can see the outrage -- err, reactions from social media users below:
New Orleans number 1?? No Memphis? Not a single city in Texas? Throw the map away 😂 https://t.co/8C9biaJsbd— Eyepatch (@YoungCNel) May 14, 2021
Even Gov. Greg Abbott agrees:
You’re out of your mind if you think any city in Texas is the worst place for BBQ.— Colin Moderna Parker (@ColinMParker) May 14, 2021
I lived in Texas for several years and currently live in Virginia Beach, where I have lived for 6+ years. Texas has fantastic BBQ and not one city is on the map, but Virginia Beach is...not sure where people are finding good BBQ in Virginia Beach, but I have yet to find it.— OhThom (@ThommyB8) May 14, 2021
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