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Amarillo Comes In Low On List of Best BBQ Places In The US, Here’s Why

Eight premiere barbecue teams from across the United States compete in the Kingsford Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 in Belle, Mo. This invitation-only event was held in the hometown of the largest Kingsford manufacturing plant to declare the best of the best on the barbecue competition circuit. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Invision for Kingsford/AP Images)

So how could such a thing happen?  How is it we live in the state of Texas, and our fair city came in almost last for Best Places in America for BBQ?  The lawnstarter.com  poll and blog used  a specific methodology for judging, that in essence pretty much scrapped our chances for any showing.

To be considered a “True Que Hub,”  a city had to have award winning BBQ restaurants and chefs.   You have to admit, we probably have a couple, but not as many as Houston that made  #3 on the list.  (Lubbock came in at #25)   The best cities also had to have a “Master Level,” Competition, and multiple Bar-B-Que Festivals.  (Yep, Chili is more our thing up here I guess.)

While I’m sad at the outcome, I totally understand their criteria for judgement.  Now, having said that…Do you think maybe it’s time for Amarillo to step up it’s BBQ Game?  What are some suggestions on how we could do that?

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