It’s almost summertime, so that means it’s time to start thinking about barbecue! Whether you’re looking for the best barbecue restaurants in America or are committed to finding fantastic barbecue festivals, check out the following recommendations. Barbecue Restaurants Jack’s Bar-B-Que Situated in Nashville, Tennessee, Jack’s Bar-B-Que has been “A Nashville Tradition Since 1976,” according to the restaurant’s website. This barbecue master offers authentic, cafeteria-style barbecue where you can choose your favorite meat and sides. The Tennessee Pork Shoulder is fantastic, but this barbecue restaurant has a variety of meats to choose from, including smoked chicken. Pappy’s Smokehouse For delicious barbecue in St. Louis, Pappy’s Smokehouse is the place to go. From ribs to pulled pork, this Memphis-style barbecue won’t disappoint. It’s important to go to Pappy’s early in the day, though, because once they’re sold out, they’re sold out. Mac’s Speed Shop Mac’s Speed Shop, which has locations in North Carolina and South Carolina, is known for its Carolina Beef Brisket and huge selection of beers. This barbecue restaurant even serves up fantastic combinations of Mexican food and barbecue (Mexicue), such as pulled pork tacos. Barbecue Festivals World Series of Barbecue The American Royal Barbecue, which is a part of the World Series of Barbecue, is the world’s largest barbecue contest. There are more than 550 teams included in this Kansas City, MO contest, making it quite a sight to see. The World Series of Barbecue, which also includes a barbecue trade expo, will run October 1-4, 2015. Ribfest Located in Naperville, IL, Ribfest focuses on providing delicious ribs and fun live music. This barbecue festival includes a variety of vendors so that guests can test out which rib supplier suits their tastes. Ribfest will take place July 2-5, 2015. Make sure to stay for the fireworks celebrating the Fourth of July!