Jim Neely's Interstate Barbecue
City: Memphis, Tenn.
Address: 2265 S. Third St.
Since opening his shop in a former Interstate grocery store in 1979, Jim Neely has become one of the barbecue world’s most recognizable faces. His special closed pits use natural gas and hickory wood and cook the meat with indirect heat, which maintains the moisture. But what really distinguishes Interstate is Neely’s famous secret sauce, the result of a two-and-half year tinkering process, which is the magic ingredient in the restaurant’s spaghetti.