Let's get one thing straight: It's not grilled, it's smoked. And if someone had to stay up all night to tend it, all the better. The variations on a theme are endless, and the purists are many. Some say a vinegar-based sauce is best, while others are pro-mustard sauce. Or maybe the best sauce is tomato-based, with brown sugar. Then there are the sides: potato salad or coleslaw? As Bay Area natives know, everyone around here has a bone to pick with barbecue, and there's no one right answer.
But, one thing that everyone can agree on is that barbecue and summer go together like, well, barbecue and summer. And that Wine Country has got your (fat)back covered, offering up some of the best barbecue in the region. Here are 11 essential places to grab some smoky meat and upstanding sides, no argument needed.
Note: Restaurants are organized geographically, not ranked.Read More