Sure you can spot a fake BBQ joint, but can you find the best 'cue around? Pro tip: You don't really need to learn how. Because the barbecue world is about as competitive as -- and far more delicious than -- the Super Bowl, there are a whopping number of BBQ festivals and competitions where you can watch the best of the best (and a slew of phenomenal amateurs) cook everything from lamb to whole hogs. And then you can eat it and know it's actually gold medal-worthy -- if you're counting, we've already made two incredible sports metaphors, and we're barely 100 words in.
These are the barbecue gatherings that are totally worth a trip and an expanding waistline: