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Top 10 Best BBQ Cities – Surprisingly Great Places for BBQ

1. Lexington, N.C.
2. Tuscaloosa, Ala.
3. Greenville, S.C.
4. Hattiesburg, Miss.
5. Tyler, Texas
6. Springfield, Mo.
7. Bethesda, Md.
8. Fayetteville, Ark.
9. Gainesville, Fla.
10. Cumming, Ga.

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July 30, 2012
CUMMING, Ga. — Could Cumming be as famous as Memphis or Kansas City when it comes to a saucy selection of top-notch 'cue?

A website that ranks places to live and visit, Livability.com, released a list of the Top 10 Best BBQ Cities – Surprisingly Great Places for BBQ.

Guess who made the list? Yep. We did.

Much has been written about the smoking, saucing and rubbing going on in places like Memphis, Austin, Chicago and Kansas City – those cities by which all other barbecue is measured.

So for their list of the best places for BBQ, Livability.com editors purposely strayed from the herd, instead concentrating on those lesser known cities with a large and loyal local barbecue fan base.

To narrow down the list, editors looked at the number of barbecue restaurants, joints and shacks in a city, as well as the quality of those establishments based on customer reviews – and in some cases, a little messy hands-on research.

"We wouldn't take the easy route of listing the usual suspects," said John Hood, a spokesman for the website. "Instead, we'd go mining for those gems that the rest of the country might not yet have discovered."

What put Cumming on the top 10 list is its ratio of barbecue restaurants to residents. There is a barbecue restaurant for nearly every 1,000 residents (based on numbers from Yelp and the Census).

It just doesn't get much easier to find 'cue than that.

And while the restaurants may not have national prestige, locals rank them mouthwateringly good.

In November, Cumming will again host the National BBQ Cup. The winner of the pro-division of this Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event can pocket $4,000 in prize money.

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    Cumming BBQ????????
    August 01, 2012 | 05:44 PM

    Are you kidding me? Comparing a few local BBQ restaurants to Memphis or KC, give me a break. By comparision the quality on a scale of 1-10 to those cities and even metro Atlanta is at best a 2!!!! As far as the National BBQ Cup, what a joke, a consumer rip-off!

    Dennis
    Cumming
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    this is a joke
    August 01, 2012 | 11:08 PM

    Cumming has nothing but chain bbq restaurants. The only thing Cumming ever had was Pappy Red's with the airplane on the roof. Even it left town.

    henry rollins
    cumming
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    Great hoor
    August 09, 2012 | 09:33 PM

    this is agreat for our community, the National BBQ Cup was a huge event in the BBQ world and I for one and glad to see it come back again. I read the previous posters and it appears they do not get out much. Cumming is a lot more than Chains. So sad to see local rip the their own community when good things come its way. Way to go, very proud to call it home.

    Jon Stanborugh
    Cumming, GA
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