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Barbeque Nation
Adam Duerson
July 02, 2007
1 Big Nate's Barbecue
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July 02, 2007

Barbeque Nation

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Critics Say
"The 'Slugger' [is] somewhere between the size of a football and a blimp." -- Providence Journal

3 Sammy Walker's Bar-b-que

Rowlett and Forney, Texas

A 1976 Olympic weightlifter, Walker started this medal-worthy chain, now with three Dallas-area outlets, in the mid-'80s. President of the Southwest chapter of U.S. Olympians, Walker will be sure to show off the "zesty" sauce he developed when he hosts a meeting of his fellow five-ringers in October.

Style
Southern dry rub

Sammy Recommends
The Three Meat Olympian Plate, $7.99. "Our hickory-smoked ribs come right off the bone; our Hill Country German sausage is one of a kind; and the brisket is always tender."

Critics Say
"One of America's 75 best food buys." --Food & Wine Magazine

4 Billy Sims Barbecue

Tulsa, Edmond and Broken Bow, Okla.
? The Sooners' 1978 Heisman winner describes the dining experience as "Boomer Q," with a rivalry-influenced menu that includes Smoked Jayhawk (chicken) and Pulled Razorback (pork). Patrons can also pay their respects to Oklahoma's archnemesis: The restroom toilet bowls bear Texas Longhorns logos.

Style
Southern dry rub

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