Barbecue has numerous regional variations in many parts of the world.


American South:

1. North Carolina uses a vinegar-based sauce. See recipe here .

2. Memphis is known for its tomato AND vinegar-based sauces. Sometimes they use a dry rub before adding the sauce.

3. South Carolina is the only state that includes all four recognized barbecue sauces, including mustard-based, vinegar-based, and light and heavy tomato-based

5. Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee use a sweet tomato-based sauce.

American Midwest:

4. Kansas City is characterized by its use of different types of meat (including pulled pork, pork ribs, burnt ends, smoked sausage, beef brisket, beef ribs, smoked/grilled chicken, smoked turkey, and sometimes fish).

1. Chicago style involves seasoning the meat with a dry rub, searing it over a hot grill and a slow cooking it in an oven. The meat, typically ribs, are then finished with a sweet-tangy sauce

2. Texas style often uses beef and it can be associated with any type of sauce (depends on the person and the establishment). See recipe here .


1. Korean style BBQ literally means roasting meat.  Bulgogi is the most popular form.

2. Mongolian BBQ is a stir fried dish of meat and vegetables, which are cooked in a large round iron pot.

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