City: New Orleans, La.
Address: 701 Mazant St.

Far away from the barbecue hubs of Texas, Memphis and Kansas City, The Joint has blossomed into a legitimate contender in the BBQ game. The sign on the front tells you everything you need to know: Always smokin’. Everything, from the Cajun sausages to the pork ribs is smoked for hours, and all the sauces and rubs are made from scratch.