Don't even get barbecue lovers started in a debate about this meat-centric food. What one fanatic in Texas holds as the ultimate recipe will completely differ from a great barbecue dish in North Carolina. Why? The definition of barbecue depends on where you go. Memphis favors dry rubs and cooking the meat in a big pit, while Kansas City is known for its thick, sweet, tomato-based sauces. Travel to the Carolinas, Texas and Alabama and you'll find even more variations. Whether you favor the vinegary pulled pork in North Carolina or the unique white sauce of Alabama, Food & Wine has all the delicious recipes you might want to try.

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Spiced Sweet-and-Sour Ribs

Rubbed with toasted ground spices then lacquered with a sweet and tangy glaze of maple syrup and a duo of vinegars, these meaty ribs have a deep flavor and an irresistibly crackly crust. To work ahead, you can roast the ribs the day before then glaze and broil them just before serving. Trimming the meat away from one end of each rib lets the meat pull away during cooking, creating handles that make for mess-free nibbling.

How the Man Behind Trudy’s Underground Barbecue Became an L.A. Legend

Burt Bakman went from working in real estate to making spectacular Texas-style brisket, beef ribs and pork ribs in his Studio City backyard.

Barbecue Chicken Wings

Wings are particularly well suited for the grill. Since they have a high skin-to-meat ratio, the fat from the skin bastes the meat as the skin crisps to perfection over the grill's high heat. You're left with juicy, browned wings that can handle any kind of sauce. Try one of our many recipes (and find out what to drink, too) before your next backyard cookout. Here, 5 of our favorite recipes for barbecue chicken wings.

On the Joy of Eating Juicy Brisket All Day Long

Why not eat brisket for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Matthew Gaudet has some ideas for leftover meat, along with a new restaurant, SuperFine, opening today.

BBQ Skewers

Skewers come in many forms—metal, bamboo, wood or even hearty herb sprigs—but all the choices make grilling your favorite ingredients extra easy. Try ideas from bacon-wrapped vegetables to Baja-style chicken thighs the next time you need a warm-weather meal.

BBQ Menu Ideas

There's nothing more delicious than a barbecued meal. Here, we highlight a phenomenal barbecue shrimp bagna cauda with crudités, a special potato salad, chicken drumsticks with BBQ sauce and more.

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Soul Food Recipes

Collard greens, creamy grits, classic fried chicken and more—all of your southern favorites are covered here.

Brisket-and-Mushroom Stew with Cheddar-Jalapeño Biscuits

The beef for this simple stew marinates in red wine, garlic, sage and rosemary to help make it tender. Served with a dollop of cream, it’s an extremely luscious dish. Slideshow: More Beef Stew Recipes 

5 Ways to Eat Pulled Pork During the Super Bowl

Here, five fantastic sandwiches that will boost your Super Bowl party—no matter which team is winning.