Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama all have whole hog barbecue, which eventually ends up shredded into “pulled” pork. More urban areas tend towards ribs and pork shoulders, cuts that are more readily available. Kentucky likes to barbecue mutton,while states like Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri enjoy sausages and beef brisket cooked in closed pits, which yields that beautiful pink smoke ring around the meat.
Source: The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, pp. 64-65
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