1: 1. Franklin Barbecue: Renowned for its flavorful brisket and long lines. 2. Salt Lick BBQ: Authentic Texas barbecue with a scenic setting. 3. Pappy's Smokehouse: St. Louis favorite serving up delicious ribs.

2: 4. Dreamland BBQ: Alabama institution famous for its ribs and sauce. 5. Louie Mueller Barbecue: Family-owned joint with legendary brisket. 6. 4 Rivers Smokehouse: Florida chain known for its smoked meats.

3: 7. Dickey's Barbecue Pit: Classic barbecue chain with a wide menu. 8. Famous Dave's: Nationwide favorite with a variety of BBQ options. 9. Sonny's BBQ: Southern-style barbecue with a laid-back vibe.

4: 10. Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que: Award-winning BBQ in KC. 11. Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q: Texas hotspot known for brisket. 12. Corky's Ribs & BBQ: Memphis tradition with mouthwatering ribs.

5: 13. Mission BBQ: Patriotic chain with tasty BBQ and good deeds. 14. Central BBQ: Memphis staple offering a variety of smoked meats. 15. City Barbeque: Midwest gem with delicious barbecue options.

6: 16. Smokehouse BBQ: Colorado favorite with a passion for barbecue. 17. The Salt Lick BBQ: Austin original with tender brisket. 18. 12 Bones Smokehouse: Asheville hotspot with unique flavors.

7: 19. Fox Bros. BBQ: Atlanta joint with tasty smoked meats. 20. Jack Stack Barbecue: KC institution with top-notch BBQ. 21. Red Hot & Blue: Southern chain serving up BBQ classics.

8: 22. Backyard BBQ Pit: Durham gem with delicious ribs and sides. 23. Black's BBQ: Texas legend with mouthwatering brisket. 24. Corky's BBQ: Memphis staple with award-winning ribs.

9: 25. Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q: Southern charm and delicious barbecue. 26. Leon's World's Finest In & Out BBQ: Oklahoma tradition with tasty smoked meats. 27. Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill: Nationwide chain with a variety of BBQ options.