1. Sonny's BBQ from America’s Top 25 Barbecue Chains

America’s Top 25 Barbecue Chains

Ryan Begley
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1. Sonny's BBQ

For nearly 50 years, Sonny’s has been serving real-deal Southern-style barbecue. The barbecue joint got its start in Gainesville, Florida, where Sonny Tillman and his wife Lucille opened the first restaurant in 1968; they began to franchise nine years later. Today, there are more than 150 locations across eight states. Pork is served pulled or sliced; ribs are served wet, dry, St. Louis-style, or baby back; and all the meats, including beef brisket, chicken, and turkey breast, are smoked for up to 12 hours at each location. A bottomless salad bar, burgers, wings, pulled pork egg rolls, sides including baked beans and three-cheese macaroni and cheese, and desserts like homemade fruit cobbler and banana pudding round out the menu. So congratulations, Sonny’s, America voted you its favorite barbecue chain!