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Real Barbecue, Real Good

Succulent meats slow-cooked over a low fire.
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REAL barbecue isn’t about a boneless chicken breast cooked slap-dash over a hot fire.We’re talking about low, slow heat, wood smoke (from chips or hardwood logs), and a tangy or spicy-sweet (often made-from-scratch) sauce slathered on at the end.

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    North Carolina Style Pulled Pork Sandwiches

    Lexington-style barbecue sauce is made with sweet cider vinegar and has plenty of finely ground white and black pepper as well as red pepper chile flakes for added kick.
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    Kansas City Style Barbecued Ribs

    True Kansas City-style sauce is a little sweeter than some, thanks to ample dark brown sugar and ketchup. One variation on the sauce includes butter, making it a little more round in flavor.
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    Barbecued Chicken Legs

    The secrets to perfect barbecued chicken are to use dark-meat cuts like drumsticks and thighs, to cook the chicken slowly over indirect heat so the outside doesn't burn before the inside cooks through, and to add the sauce just at the end to glaze the chicken.
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    Japanese-Style Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

    This is a Japanese version of southern-style baby back ribs. Here, the sauce is flavored with sake, rice vinegar, soy sauce, miso, and a hot soy- and chile-based paste called tobanjan. 
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    Beef Short Ribs in Ancho-Molasses Sauce

    The Tex-Mex classic sauce on the short ribs gets its sweetness from the root beer and molasses and has a fruity, spicy kick thanks to the ancho chiles.
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    Ultimate Smoked Pork Shoulder

    The unique flavor of Memphis-style barbecue sauce draws from three regional influences: the vinegar of the Carolinas, the sweet of Kansas City, and the spice of Texas.
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    Apple-Bacon Barbecued Pork Ribs

    The smoky-sweet flavor of this mop and sauce is a classic complement for pork ribs.
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    South Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches

    The sauce here is delicious and sweet, but it isn't fancy; its distinct flavor comes from yellow ballpark mustard. Although most popular Carolina mustard sauces exclude salt and opt for a sweet single note, here, salt adds complexity.
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    Smoke-Roasted Alabama-Style Chicken Legs

    Only in northern Alabama will you find anything like the creamy barbecue sauce here. What makes it unique? You won't find ketchup in the list of ingredients; the base of this sauce is tangy mayonnaise.
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