Smoked meats are a specialty in the south and probably the last type of food you think of when listing New England's greatest delicacies.
However, these six roadside joints in New Hampshire rival some of Nashville's best BBQ spots. Some are a bit of a hike from Boston, but they are absolutely worth the drive!
What began as a concept for a humble food truck blossomed into a huge, beautiful restaurant with rustic decor, soaring exposed beams and an outdoor patio with live music and tiki bar.
But never fear, KC's main focus is always on the meat! From burgers and chicken to Texas beef briskett, massive racks of ribs, pulled pork and smoked sausage links - this spot has something to satisfy any carnivore!
2. Yankee Smokehouse, West Ossipee
Nestled in the White Mountains, this spot is popular among tourists for its award-winning BBQ ribs, pork, chicken and beef, drenched in homemade sauce. In addition to their delicious meats, Yankee Smokehouse also features specialty pizzas and massive ice cream sundaes for dessert.
3. Goody Cole's Smokehouse, Brentwood
Serving authentic, southern-style BBQ for more than a decade, Goody Cole's has racked up several awards and accolades. Their BBQ is made the old fashioned way - in a giant gas and electricity-free smoker that holds up to 1200 pounds of meat at a time!
4. Pit Stop Smokehouse, Westmoreland
This humble joint features hand-rubbed, slow-smoked meats served with your choice of homemade sauces. Try the Intimidator platter for a chance to win a free t-shirt. It includes half a chicken, a rack of ribs, pulled pork sliders, two sides and corn bread.
5. Wildwood Smokehouse, Sunapee
Head to lovely Sunapee Harbor for a "taste of the Old West." This little roadside shack may not look like much, but there is a lot of flavor inside those walls! Choose from a huge list of smoked meats, sandwiches and scratch-made sides. Be sure to wash it all down with an ice cold local microbrew on tap!
6. Gabi's Smoke Shack, Londonderry
Gabi's Smoke Shack "brings a little bit of Texas to New England." Try the chopped brisket or pulled pork tacos for a bit of southwest flare or stick to the tried and true favorites like smoked pork ribs with a side of beans, slaw and potato salad.
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