Delicious Barbeque Quotes That Will Make Your Mouth Water

Platter of Texas barbecue on a red checkered table cloth

Emanating from the South, there are four major styles of barbeque in the United States. Whether you prefer pork or beef, like your barbeque “dry” or slathered in sauce, these delicious barbeque quotes will inspire you to order these slowly-smoked scrumptious entrees.

Perhaps it’s because my parents are from Kansas, but growing up as a military brat living all over the US and Europe, I always thought that the style of barbeque served in Kansas City was the only type in the country. So the first time I was served a Carolina-style barbeque sandwich, I was shocked to bite into shredded pork with a pungent vinegar-based sauce. It was worlds away from the tender chunks of beef with a delicious smoky flavor and tangy sauce I was used to in Kansas City!

Regardless of the regional style that tastes best to you, these mouthwatering quotes about BBQ will inspire you to try barbeque across the country, whether it’s chopped or sliced, “dry” or saucy.

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Chalkboard sign with the word "BBQ"
In the United States, slow-cooked smoked meat can be spelled with either a "q" or a "c" -- barbeque or barbecue

The Proper Way to Spell Barbeque

Before we dive into these delicious barbeque quotes, let’s talk about how to spell the word that is synonymous with slow-cooked smoked meat. In the United States’s 250-year-ish history, there have been more than five accepted ways to spell barbeque. But for the past 150 years, Americans have settled on just two spellings:  barbecue and barbeque. Since I live in Kansas City, the Barbeque Capital of the World, I default to the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s spelling and use a “q.”

Fun Fact: In the first president’s diary, he penned that he attended a “barbicue” in September 1773.

Four Main Styles of Barbeque in the US

With a wide range of dry-rubbed meats smoked to perfection and topped with tomato and molasses based sauces that range from sweet to spicy, this Midwestern girl believes that Kansas City barbeque is the best in the US. After all, there’s a reason KC has been crowned the Barbeque Capital of the World. However, three other types of barbeque are popular across the United States.

A platter of shreded pork and Carolina BBQ sauce
Carolina-style barbeque nearly always features pork

Carolina Barbeque

The barbeque style popular in the Carolinas is one of the oldest in the nation, and it nearly always features pork. Lexington-style Carolina barbeque is typically a roasted pork shoulder topped with a ketchup and vinegar sauce. But Eastern-style Carolina barbeque expands beyond pork shoulder to include a wider range of pork cuts, topping the smoked meat with a mayonnaise-based sauce.

Cutting board with a slab of barbecue ribs
In Memphis, barbeque is all about the ribs

Memphis Barbeque

Like Carolina barbeque, Memphis barbeque stars pork, especially ribs. In this part of the United States, you can enjoy ribs either wet (slathered in barbeque sauce) or dry (rubbed with spices and seasonings). Shredded barbeque pork is also commonly served on a variety of dishes in this part of the South, including sandwiches, nachos, pizzas, salads, and pasta dishes.

A bowl of spaghetti topped with Memphis-style shredded barbeque pork
In and around Memphis, look for barbequed shredded pork served in salads and over pasta
A chunk of barbequed brisket on a wooden cutting board
Texas barbeque heavily focuses on beef, which is no surprise in the number one beef producing state in the union

Texas Barbeque

Everything is bigger in Texas, so it’s no surprise that its barbeque style varies by region based on if you’re in East, South, West, or Central Texas. As with Kansas City-style barbeque, Texas barbeque isn’t all about pork. Rather, the Lone Star State’s barbeque typically features beef. But while Kansas City is all about its dry rub and sauce, Texans use both much more sparingly.

The Tastiest BBQ Quotes

Regardless of where you enjoy barbeque in America, from one of the 100 restaurants in the Barbeque Capital or the world to near a charcoal grill at a backyard barbeque party, these delicious quotes are sure to make your mouth drool.

1. “Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.”  — Anthony Bourdain, American chef and author

Well said, Anthony. All the world needs is a little more barbeque and a little less judgment!

Barbeque quote by Anthony Bourdain
2. “There’s grilling, and there’s barbecue. Grilling is when people say, ‘We’re going to turn up the heat, make it really hot and sear a steak, sear a burger, cook a chicken.’ Barbecue is going low and slow.”  — Guy Fieri, American chef and author

That’s right, Guy, and I haven’t really mastered either.

3. “If summer had one defining scent, it’d definitely be the smell of barbecue.”  — Katie Lee, American cookbook author and food critic

Unless you’re in Kansas City. Then the smell of slowly smoking meat is as common as a weekend, especially if the Kansas City Chiefs are playing.

4. “Good barbecue has to fall off of the bone when you grab it, and, to me, it’s not pull-hard chewy.”  — Sinbad, American comedian

True! If it’s “pull-hard chewy” it probably wasn’t cooked low and slow for long enough.

5. “My comfort food, of all things, would be southern soul barbecue.”  — Zach Johnson, American professional golfer

Barbeque is the ultimate comfort food!

6. “Southern barbecue is the closest thing we have in the U.S. to Europe’s wines or cheeses. Drive a hundred miles and the barbecue changes.”  — John Shelton Reed, American author

Such a legitimate observation about barbeque in the United States!

7. “I definitely enjoy my barbecue.”  — Billy Butler, American professional baseball player

And if you don’t remember, Billy Butler was a designated hitter and first baseman for the Kansas City Royals for seven years, so you can guess what style barbeque he likes best!

8. “Golf is my passion, and so is great barbecue.”  — John Daly, American professional golfer

I’ll take a slab of ribs, hold the golfing.

Smell of Summer - Barbecue Quote by Katie Lee
9. “Barbecue is to North Carolina as the hot dog is to New York.”  — Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author

Whether you visit the Carolinas, Kansas City, Memphis, or Texas, you can count on the smell of barbeque filling the air!

10. “I love New York, but I’m happy to be away from it. I really like small towns, with welcoming barbecue restaurants.”  — David Burnett, American magazine photojournalist

Me, too, David.

11. “In America, diner food or roadside barbecue is the best road food, but I’m not a fan of eating while driving — too messy.”  — José Andrés, Spanish-American chef and founder of World Central Kitchen

Barbeque is best enjoyed sitting down at a table. With a roll of paper towels (or a big pile of napkins) and no white shirts!

North Carolina Barbecue Quote by Fiona Barton
12.  “If your face and hands don’t get messy while eating BBQ, you’re doing it all wrong.”  — Unknown

Yeah, José Andrés warned you in the quote above!

13. “Barbecue is the good old technique of people making a fire and putting some stuff over the top.”  Graham Elliot, American chef

The father of Kansas City barbeque, Henry Perry, got his start in the early 1900s by slowly smoking meat over a fire pit and selling tender chunks of brisket to workers in the Garment District.

14. “I use ginger like garlic. I love it for steaming fish and making barbecue sauces or roasted chicken.”  — Tom Douglas, American chef and author

If you visit Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue in Kansas City, look for at least one barbequed fish entree on the menu.

Barbecue Sauce Quote by Lyle Lovett
15. “Being so closely related to the South, barbecue was part of segregation and helped defeat it.”  — Bobby Seale, American political activist and author

I love the role barbeque has played in ending segregation across the South. In Kansas City, Arthur Bryant’s is one of the oldest black-owned businesses founded in 1908.

16. “Whenever I travel to the South, the first thing I do is visit the best barbecue place between the airport and my hotel. An hour or two later, I visit the best barbecue place between my hotel and dinner.”  — Jeffrey Steingarten, food writer

I get it. Barbeque is a religion in the South!

17. “The people who say ‘you are what you eat’ have always seemed addled to me. In my opinion, you are what you think, and if you don’t think, you can eat all the meat in Kansas City and still be nothing but a vegetable.”  — Russell Baker, Pulitzer Prize winning American author

I love this quote! And, for the record, if you prefer barbequed vegetables, then be sure to order a Bella Z-Man at Joe’s Kansas City. This vegetarian-friendly menu item substitutes portobello mushroom for sliced brisket in the restaurant’s signature sammy.

18. “Although I grew up in Kansas City…I have always kept more or less au courant of Texas barbecue, like a sports fan who is almost monomaniacally obsessed with basketball but glances over at the NHL standings now and then.”  — Calvin Trillin, American journalist

Yeah, that’s the pecking order for how I rank barbeque across the country.

19. “I have opinions about the differences between Memphis barbecue and Texas barbecue. Put me in the kitchen and you’ll see how Southern I can be.”  — Chris Hardwick, American comedian, actor, and writer

Tell us more, Chris…

20. “Let’s hear it for Texas barbecue joints where the sandwiches are always chopped beef, the tea is always sweet, and none of the salads actually contain lettuce.”  — Unknown

Texas-style barbeque is my second favorite type of barbeque. And that sweet tea is awfully darn delish!

21. “Barbecue sauce is like a beautiful woman. If it’s too sweet, it’s bound to be hiding something.”  — Lyle Lovett, American singer-songwriter

Spoken like a true Texan

22. “I’m not a huge fan of North Carolina barbecue. I like Memphis style barbecue and Kansas City.”  — Dale Earnhardt Jr., professional stock car racing driver

Dude, I’m soooooo with you!

23. “I love barbecue, it’s my favorite thing to eat.”  — David Nail, American country music artist

I couldn’t have said it better myself, David!

BBQ One Liners

In addition to the delicious barbeque quotes above, check out these tasty (and funny) BBQ one liners. They make the perfect BBQ caption for your scrumptious Instagram pics during grilling season, or any time you sink your teeth into delicious, melt-in-your-mouth barbeque!

  • A cow, a pig, and a chicken walk into a grill. The end!
  • Adding heat to my meat!
  • Always be leery of a skinny chef
  • Anyone can put heat to meat, but only a few can barbeque
  • Barbeque – the only sport where a fat bald man is a god
  • Barbeque – when nothing else will do
  • Barbeque cannot be held responsible for people falling in love
  • Barbeque is happiness
  • BBQ: because you won’t win friends with salad
  • BBQ is like sex, even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good!
  • BBQ: it’s not skill, it’s my superpower
  • BBQ – it’s what’s for dinner
  • Beer and BBQ – they are not just for breakfast anymore
  • Best BBQ ribs in the universe
  • Big racks, butt rubbed, and pork pulled — this is the life!
  • Blow’n smoke!
  • Certified BBQ-ologist
  • Chillin n Grillin
  • Everything tastes better grilled
  • Gardening – cultivating a piece of land in order to barbeque
  • Gettin’ sauced
  • Give a man a barbecue, feed him for a day. Teach a man to barbecue and feed him for the summer.
  • Good food. Good friends. Good spirits.
  • Good times and grill marks
  • Got ribs?
  • Grab life by the BBQ tongs
  • Grill buddies
  • Grill ’em all
  • Grill marks make me smile
  • Grill master
  • Grills gone wild
  • I like my pork pulled and my meat smoked
  • I like my racks big, my butt rubbed, and my pork pulled
  • I turn grills on
  • I want a hot body, but I also want barbeque!
  • I’d smoke that!
  • If it ain’t barbecue, it ain’t food
  • If you can’t stand the heat, go get me a beer!
  • If you like it then you should put a rub on it
  • If you’re looking, you ain’t cookin’
  • It ain’t barbecue if there’s no smoke
  • It doesn’t get any better than this
  • It’s finger smokin’ good
  • Ketchup tomorrow!
  • King of the grill
  • Licensed to grill
  • Love is in the air. No, wait, that’s barbeque!
  • Making the cut
  • May you always be surrounded by good friends and great barbecue
  • Meat. Fire. Beer.
  • Natural born griller
  • Never trust a skinny cook
  • No great barbecue was ever achieved without enthusiasm
  • Once you put my meat in your mouth, you’re going to want to swallow
  • One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not barbecued well
  • Peace, love, and BBQ
  • Put some south in yo’ mouth
  • Queen of the grill
  • Real BBQ is all smoke and beers
  • Real grillers don’t need a recipe
  • Real hickory smoked BBQ at its best
  • Real men don’t use a recipe
  • Real wiener
  • Relax… it’s just heat and meat
  • Rub. Smoke. Eat. Repeat.
  • Rubbed and smoked with love
  • Save the vegetables, eat more sausage
  • Slow-smoked all the way!
  • Smoked to perfection
  • The heat is on!
  • The ladies love my thick meat
  • The sauce is for bread, not for the meat
  • The sauce is the boss
  • There is no truer love than the love of barbeque
  • This grill ain’t big enough for both of us
  • Today’s Forecast: cooking with a chance of drinking
  • Wanna pull my pork?
  • We’ve got nothing to hide, so the sauce is on the side!
  • When is the last time you turned down BBQ?
  • Where there’s smoke there’s BBQ
  • Who says smoking is bad?
  • You can’t buy happiness, but you can BBQ. And that’s kind of the same thing.
  • You pull my pork, and I’ll rub your butt

Do You Have a Favorite Barbeque Quote?

What is your favorite BBQ quote? Which barbeque style is your favorite — Carolina, Kansas City, Memphis, or Texas? What do you like most about it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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12 thoughts on “Delicious Barbeque Quotes That Will Make Your Mouth Water”

  1. How fun is this and now I am hungry! So being from New Orleans, we are kind of torn cause to be honest, we love seafood way more than beef! But we are still southern so BBQ is great too. I was trying to think of what style I like more and I guess any that is in front of me. Though I do have to say that Alabama BBQ to me is better than most. I mean there is a reason that Dreamland is perhaps considered the Best BBQ shanty shack in the entire country.
    But with regards to the quotes about Barbeque, I have to say, my favorite was by Katie Lee, “If summer had one defining scent, it’d definitely be the smell of barbecue.”

    1. Whether it’s saucy or spicy, chicory or sweet, the food in New Orleans is seriously hard to beat! P.S. I love that quote, too. So true, right?!?

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