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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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Billy Recommends
The Heisman Sandwich, $6.99. "It has chopped brisket, fried bologna, hot links and pulled pork. Even the folks in Texas like it."

Critics Say
"The ribs were a pleasant surprise . . . meaty and tender. . . . Cooked in a Southern Pride smoker--a well-respected piece of equipment--over pecan and hickory."--Tulsa World

5 Abdullah the Butcher's House of Ribs & Chinese Food

Atlanta
? Who could resist a restaurant owned by a 350-pound former pro wrestling champ called the Butcher (n� Larry Shreve), who carried a fork into the ring and had a finishing move dubbed the Sudanese Meat Cleaver? But beware: When a critic tried using utensils, the cigar-chomping Abdullah growled, "Eat it like a man!"

Style
Chinese-barbecue fusion

Abdullah Recommends
The Rib Family Special (four vegetables, slab of ribs, buffalo wings), $26.99. "I can't describe the sauce. You might steal it!"

Critics Say
"The moist, saucy ribs and fall-off-the-bones smoked chicken are worth going to the mat for." ��-- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

6 Lee Roy Selmon's

Seven locations in the Tampa area
? The Hall of Fame defensive end suffered plenty of losses with the expansion Buccaneers--87 in nine seasons--but hit on a winning formula when he collaborated with Outback Steakhouse on this BBQ-and-sports-bar franchise. The menu of "soul-satisfying comfort food" comes courtesy of Selmon's mom, Jessie.

Style
St. Louis

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