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17th Street Bar and Grill 

32 N 17TH St Murphysboro, IL (618) 684-3722

Traditional American 
Michael Symon - Baby Back Ribs

  • SILVER for 17th Street Bar and Grill


Alan Wong's Restaurant 

1857 S King St Ste 3 Honolulu, HI (808) 949-2526

Traditional American Pan-Asian & Pacific Rim 
Wong prepares his most mouthwatering dishes -- Chinatown roast duck nachos with avocado salsa and tapioca chips; crispy won ton ahi poke bal

  • BRONZE for Alan Wong's Restaurant


Aqui es Texcoco 

1043 Broadway Suite:108 Chula Vista, CA (619) 427-4045

BBQ joint that specializes in an Aztec-inspired way to serve lamb. Andrew has Texcoco-style BBQ lamb -- slow-roasted whole lamb that’s se


Argyle Street Cafe 

345 Argyle St S Caledonia, Canada (905) 765-9622

John samples old time classics like chicken and ribs: crispy rotisserie chicken with a massive rack of fall-off-the-bone ribs


Arthur Bryant's Barbeque 

1727 Brooklyn Ave Kansas City, MO (816) 231-1123

Steak Chicken 
Arthur Bryant's is a landmark BBQ joint that has been serving up some of KC's best BBQ for nearly a century.

  • GOLD for Arthur Bryant's Barbeque


Axios Estiatorio 

3901 Tennyson Street Denver, CO (720) 328-2225

Try the lamb ribs and a unique dessert specialties


Baby Blue's BBQ 

444 Lincoln Blvd Venice, CA (310) 396-7675

Southern Comfort Food 
Ribs, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Mac & Cheese and spicy XXX BBQ Sauce.

  • GOLD for Baby Blue's BBQ



1213 Vine St Cincinnati, OH (513) 579-0446

the Southwestern spot serving up short rib tacos and a killer chicken tort


Bludso's BBQ 

811 S Long Beach Blvd Compton, CA (310) 637-1342

Southern Sandwiches 
the Texas-inspired barbecue joint smoking pork ribs and putting smoked turkey necks in the collard greens

  • BRONZE for Bludso's BBQ


Bogart's Smokehouse 

1627 S 9th St St. Louis, MO (314) 621-3107

Some of the best barbecue in St. Louis is at Bogart's. On the menu: smoky beef brisket, turkey, pulled pork and apricot-bruleed ribs.

  • BRONZE for Bogart's Smokehouse



1014 Barrington St. Halifax, Canada (902) 407-4100

Pulled pork and magic spice rubbed ribs draw the crowds at Boneheads BBQ in seafood centric Halifax, NS. Host John Catucci licks smoked chic


Boots and Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen 

151 Hekili St Kailua, HI (808) 263-7929

Vegetarian American 
Hawaiian favorites like Hawaiian-style kalbi ribs and mochiko chicken


Brasserie St-James 

901 S Center St Reno, NV (775) 348-8888

Brasserie Braised Oxtail and Short Ribs


Buz and Ned's  

1119 N Blvd Richmond, VA (804) 355-6055

Buz & Ned's is a Richmond institution, serving the best barbecue around. Adam samples Buz's famous hickory-smoked spare ribs.

  • GOLD for Buz and Ned's


C and K Barbecue 

4390 Jennings Station Rd St Louis, MO (314) 385-8100

C&K Barbecue draws crowds of people who can’t get enough of its St. Louis-style ribs, which are covered in a special vinegar-based barbecu


Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral 

5955 Merle Hay Rd Johnston, IA (515) 331-0057

Sandwiches American 
fiery bbq sauce made from the hottest pepper on Earth


Cannery Row Brewing Company 

95 Prescott Avenue Monterey, CA (831) 643-2722

Steak Mediterranean 
the brewhouse crankin' out big time bar food like parmesan pretzels and short rib grilled cheese

  • SILVER for Cannery Row Brewing Company


Cha cha Chili 

4625 Valley Blvd Los Angeles, CA (850) 598-9090

Korean-Mexican mashup serving up short rib tacos and spicy pork chimichangas


Charlie Russell Chew Choo 

408 Ne Main St Lewistown, MT (406) 535-3980

#1 - Dinner train into the wild wild west. A 5 car train which shows you the old west. The prime rib dinner is their most popular dish.


Chicken Scratch 

2303 Pittman St Dallas, TX (214) 749-1112

Not-to-miss, traditional South Texas barbacoa: cow cheek, cow tongue, beef short ribs and grilled sweetbreads.


Chosun Galbee 

3330 W Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA (323) 734-3330

Beau MacMillian - Korean BBQ Beef Short Ribs


Coach Insignia 

100 Renaissance Ctr Ste 71 Detroit, MI (313) 567-2622

On top of the Renaissance Center great steakhouse with great views. Nadia has root beer braised short ribs


Columbia Firehouse 

109 S Saint Asaph St Alexandria, VA (703) 683-1776

Traditional American 
Historic eatery that's dishing up a classic stroganoff made with succulent bison short ribs and buttery, homemade noodles.

  • BRONZE for Columbia Firehouse


Company 7 BBQ 

1001 S Main St Englewood, OH (937) 836-2777

Cafe Barbecue 
Each day, ribs, pork shoulder and beef brisket are lovingly prepared and smoked for 12 to 18 hours before they are served to customers on th

  • BRONZE for Company 7 BBQ


Cooper's Old Time Pit BBQ 

301 Stockyards Blvd. Fort Worth, TX (817) 626-6464

Barbecue Ribs 
Coopers specializes in the hot and fast Hill Country Style barbecue. Try their beef brisket, pork ribs and Big Chop -- a 2-inch thick pork c


Daddy Dz BBQ 

264 Memorial Dr SE Atlanta, GA (404) 222-0206

Aaron Sanchez - Rib Tips

  • GOLD for Daddy Dz BBQ


Daisy May's 

623 11th Ave New York, NY (212) 977-1500

Michael Symon - BBQ Beef Ribs

  • BRONZE for Daisy May's


El Caminos 

3250 Main Street Vancouver, Canada (604) 875-6246

Latin cuisine at El Caminos. Nothing warms Johns heart, or tantalizes his palate, quite like a Spanish sandwich stuffed with short ribs and


Fat Matts Rib Shack 

1811 Piedmont Ave NE Atlanta, GA (404) 607-1622

Anthony stops for a quick BBQ lunch

  • SILVER for Fat Matts Rib Shack


Flying Mango 

4345 Hickman Rd Des Moines, IA (515) 255-4111

Southern spot cooking up all the classics, from ribs and red beans and rice to catfish cakes and collards


Gates and Sons BBQ 

3205 Main St Kansas City, MO (816) 753-0828

Duff Goldman - Burnt Ends on Bun

  • GOLD for Gates and Sons BBQ


Germantown Commissary 

2290 S Germantown Rd Memphis, TN (901) 754-5540

Dry Rub Pork Ribs

  • BRONZE for Germantown Commissary


Green Mesquite 

1400 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX (512) 479-0485

Brisket, ribs, and wings smoked using only green mesquite. Also cajun jambalaya and texas chicken-fried-steak.

  • BRONZE for Green Mesquite


Haugen's Chicken and Ribs 

13801 Highway # 12 Port Perry, Canada (905) 985-2402

John samples their top secret dipping sauce. Some patrons have been known to drink it straight


Helena's Hawaiian Food 

1240 N School St Honolulu, HI (808) 845-8044

Vegetarian Japanese 
sampled pipikaula short ribs and Laulau - pork and cod wrapped in Luau and ti leaves

  • BRONZE for Helena's Hawaiian Food


Henry's World Famous Hi-Life 

301 W Saint John St San Jose, CA (408) 295-5414

Steak American 
Henry's World Famous Hi-Life, opened in 1960, serves steaks, chicken, and pork chops but is most noted for its baby back ribs

  • SILVER for Henry's World Famous Hi-Life


Honky Tonk BBQ 

1213 W 18th St Chicago, IL (312) 226-7427

Vegetarian Barbecue 

  • SILVER for Honky Tonk BBQ


Hot Sauce Williams 

7815 Carnegie Ave Cleveland, OH (216) 391-2230

Adam goes to this legendary barbecue joint on Cleveland's east side for the deliciously messy Polish Boy, a kielbasa sausage buried by fries

  • SILVER for Hot Sauce Williams


House of Prime Rib 

1906 Van Ness Ave San Francisco, CA (415) 885-4605

Steakhouse Traditional American 
Brian Boitano - Prime Rib

  • GOLD for House of Prime Rib


JMueller BBQ 

1502 South First Austin, TX (512) 948-8935

Anthony Bourdain and barbecue blogger Daniel Vaughn visited John Mueller’s (Aaron Franklin’s old boss) BBQ trailer for his legenda

  • BRONZE for JMueller BBQ


Jack Stack Barbecue 

13441 Holmes Rd Kansas City, MO (816) 942-9141

Steak Sandwiches 

  • SILVER for Jack Stack Barbecue


Jamie's Grill and Bar 

427 Broadway Sacramento, CA (916) 442-4044

Garlic roasted steak sandwich and prime rib

  • SILVER for Jamie's Grill and Bar



3475 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas, NV (800) 214-9110

meaty fries so good they should be a government secret. No doubt about it – everyone's a winner with Chef Kerry Simon's indulgent and f

  • BRONZE for KGB


Kingstone Mines 

2548 N Halsted St Chicago, IL (773) 360-5759

Southern American 
Blues club with a great ribs joint.


Klondike Rib and Salmon Grill  

2116 2nd Ave Whitehorse, Canada (867) 667-7554

rich and creamy elk stroganoff


Kogi BBQ 

Truck Los Angeles, CA (323) 573-3985

Adam Gertler - Korean Short Rib Tacos*

  • SILVER for Kogi BBQ


Koi Fusion Truck 

Moving Target Portland, OR (503) 789-0848

Sample their Kalbi Beef Short Rib Taco with Bean Sprouts and Pico De Gallo or Korean Bulgogi Beef Burrito with Spicy Pickled Cabbage and Sal


Koja Kitchen 

Moving Target San Francisco, CA

unique take on Asian-fusion in the pork belly and short rib kojas


Koja Truck 

Moving Target San Francisco, CA

sink your teeth into a sake and soy Short Rib Slider on garlic rice patty buns



1658 Main St Green Bay, WI (920) 468-4422

Traditional American 
This family-owned restaurant has been in business for more than 70 years. It is located right across the street from Lambeau Field. Adam rat

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