Exploring Different BBQ Styles Across the USA

BBQ is a beloved tradition across the United States, with each region boasting its own unique style and flavors. At John Mull’s Meats & Road Kill Grill, we celebrate the diversity of American BBQ. Here’s a tour of some of the most iconic BBQ styles from coast to coast.

Texas BBQ:

Known for its bold flavors and beef-centric dishes, Texas BBQ is all about slow-smoking. Brisket is the star, seasoned simply with salt and pepper, and smoked low and slow until tender. Sausages and ribs are also popular, often accompanied by tangy, tomato-based sauces.

Kansas City BBQ:

Kansas City BBQ is famous for its rich, sweet, and tangy sauces. Here, you’ll find a variety of meats, including pork ribs, beef brisket, and burnt ends. The meat is typically coated in a dry rub before being slow-smoked and then slathered in thick, molasses-based BBQ sauce.

Carolina BBQ:

In the Carolinas, pork is king. Eastern Carolina BBQ features whole-hog cooking with a vinegar-based sauce, while Western Carolina (or Piedmont) BBQ focuses on pork shoulder with a tangy, tomato-vinegar sauce. The meat is usually pulled or chopped and served on sandwiches with coleslaw.

Memphis BBQ:

Memphis is renowned for its dry-rubbed ribs, which are seasoned with a blend of spices and slow-cooked to perfection. While dry ribs are a staple, you’ll also find wet ribs, which are basted with a tomato-based sauce. Pulled pork sandwiches and smoked sausages are other Memphis favorites.

Alabama BBQ:

Alabama’s claim to BBQ fame is its unique white sauce, a tangy mayonnaise-based sauce typically served with smoked chicken. This region also features pork ribs and pulled pork, often with a smoky, slightly sweet flavor profile.

California BBQ:

California BBQ, especially in the Santa Maria region, is known for tri-tip beef. This cut is seasoned with a simple rub of salt, pepper, and garlic, then grilled over red oak wood. It’s often served with salsa, pinquito beans, and garlic bread.


Exploring the different BBQ styles across the USA is a delicious journey. Whether you prefer the smoky brisket of Texas, the sweet ribs of Kansas City, or the tangy pork of the Carolinas, there’s something for every BBQ lover. Visit John Mull’s Meats & Road Kill Grill to experience the best of BBQ and find inspiration for your next cookout.