What's the best barbecue style? Here are some favorites...

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Tempers run hot over heated discussions (sorry, couldn't resist) when it comes to the ultimate barbecue style. It's a very personal thing, often linked with childhood memories or geographic location. Others fall in love while traveling and never look back. Distinguished by sauce, cut of meat, and cooking methods, regional American barbecue styles are fairly varied, and the ongoing debate over the "true" style isn't ending anytime soon. What team are you rooting for?

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Sweet Alabama

Not necessarily the most well-known barbecue style, this small-time contender takes its "cues" from Memphis, generally combining pork shoulder and ribs in a tomato-based sauce. (They also dabble in smoking pork and chicken.) Its big claim to fame is its white sauce, invented in 1925 by Big Bob Gibson, the original Alabama barbecue pioneer. It's a standout amongst the other sauces, made by mixing mayonnaise, vinegar, and pepper, and is best when dabbed generously over chicken. As with other states, southern and northern style barbecues tend to vary slightly: the north favors the illustrious white sauce, as well as Carolina-influenced vinegar variations, and the south loves their mustard sauce and a heavy smoked flavor.

Texas - don't hold 'em - eat 'em

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Texans are proud of their barbecue prowess, and with good reason. Such a large state plays host to several varieties, a nod to its mixed cultural origins and massive immigration. That being said, the most highly recognized style is the one that originated in Europe. Nineteenth century Germans and Czech butchers chose to smoke their leftover meat or make it into sausages, not because they wanted an unadulterated meat taste, but rather out of convenience and necessity. By making into smoked brisket or sausages, they could prolong the life of the beef. Sauces in Texas (known as "mops" or basting sauces) are used to add flavor when cooking, so don't expect a big ole' squirt of sauce sitting on top of your brisket. And do expect a cocked eyebrow or two if you request some.

If you've got a hankering for more exotic cuts of meat, head down to south Texas, where they favor the barbacoa style barbecue. Made by slow-roasting a cow head in a deep pit for 12 hours or so, this economical style is almost extinct, but can still be found at Vera's Backyard Bar-B-Que. East Texans prefer more tender cuts of beef that can easily be made into sandwiches, and also enjoy a variety of sides with their 'cue, like fried okra, green beans, and stick-to-your-ribs mac and cheese.

Talk about stick to your ribs!

North Carolina - nothing could be finer

North Carolinians are divided between two distinctly different barbecue styles: "Eastern" and "Lexington Dip" or "Piedmont" style (how you refer to the latter depends on where you live). The Eastern style is characterized by the practice of using the whole hog. That's right—they cook the sucker, then chop it all up and mix it with a vinegar and pepper sauce. Eaten with "cracklin'" (crispy pig skin, for those not in the know), this style should only be consumed when wearing expandable pants. In this instance, the sauce is not overly sweet nor overpowering. It's used to baste the pig while cooking, and lightly mixed in prior to serving to accentuate the flavor of the meat.

In the west, the Piedmont relies on pork shoulder smothered in a tomato-based vinegar sauce. Instead of pigskin on the side, you'll be treated to coleslaw, which is often slapped atop a pulled pork sammy. The Piedmont style is an aberration of the original eastern vinegar-based sauce; it's essentially the same thing with the addition of ketchup. Heinz's flagship product revolutionized the way the world enjoyed barbecue sauce, and was one of the first major players in the bottled barbecue sauce industry.

Crispy and delicious

South Carolina - you've struck gold

Like their northern neighbors, proud barbecuers in South Carolina also insist on using the whole pig, only they smother it in mustard-based sauce that goes by the name of "Carolina Gold." As the story goes, German immigrants introduced this much loved condiment into the barbecue sauce in the late 19th century, but it was actually a lone German immigrant named Joseph Jacob Bessinger who's ultimately credited with creating this new species of sauce. According to legend, he was desperate for a new form of revenue to feed his wife and 11 children when his wife found an ad for a restaurant in need of a new owner. The Holly Hill Cafe became the site of the infamous Carolina Gold sauce: an icon of South Carolina barbecue.

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Tennessee - you're not the only ten I see

Next time you're in Memphis, make sure to save time for a hearty meal of "dry" or "wet" (or, you know, both) pork ribs in between jazz and country music sessions. The city's barbecue claim to fame is its dual love—and fierce rivalry—between these two styles. Dry ribs are coated in a rub (a mix of herbs and spices) and smoked, whereas wet ribs are smothered in a tomato based sauce and basted frequently while cooked. Memphis denizens love their barbecue so much you may find it incorporated into other dishes that seemingly lack any ties to barbecue (like spaghetti), but taste delicious nonetheless.

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Missouri - the mutt state

Missouri barbecue takes a leaf out of several national books. Many Kansas City barbecue aficionados find no fault with cooking up any protein they can lay their hands on. Fish, pork, chicken, beef (and even beans sometimes) - they all get thrown onto the pit and roasted. Missouri barbecue is best known for two things, both of which originated in Kansas City. Number one: caramelized double smoked ends of brisket, which are known as "burnt ends." (Clever, right?) The second is Kansas City style barbecue sauce. This is what most people think of today when they think of this favored condiment. Known for its generous inclusion of molasses, sweet Kansas City barbecue sauce first made its appearance in the 1920's and remains a national favorite to this day.

While many states and cities claim to have their own authentic version of "the best" barbecue style, it really comes down to personal preference—and possibly family history. One thing is clear, however: with so many mouthwatering barbecue styles to explore, it's not exactly a painful process to determine which one will ultimately win over your taste buds.

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Seattle, Washington is a rainy, coffee-fueled, coastal town often referred to as the "Emerald City."

Located against the ecological wonderland of Puget Sound, this cosmopolitan, seaside city is a mishmash of arts, culture, history, nature, and, of course, cloudy weather. Thanks to its proximity to nature, its greenery, and its culturally rich, big-city atmosphere, the city is becoming increasingly popular, both for tourists and those looking for a change of scenery.

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If you only have a few days to visit Seattle, you'll probably want to check out the area's most famous attractions.

For nature lovers and summit-chasers, there's the imposing, wildflower-shrouded Mt. Rainier.

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For foodies, there's the popular Pike Place Market, a giant patchwork of food-sellers and friendly chaos where you can purchase everything from giant crabs' legs to bottomless amounts of coffee (more on that later).

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And finally, there's the iconic Space Needle and the Sky View Observatory, which will give you extraordinary views of the city.

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Seattle Arts and Museums

For arts and culture lovers, Seattle has plenty to cut your teeth on. Don't miss the Chihuly Garden and Glass, a collection of extraordinary blown-glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly.

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For art, there's the giant Seattle Art Museum Downtown. Seattle also offers the Museum of Pop Culture, a nonprofit that features all your favorite icons from history, and plenty of other options.

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For some history, there's the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, which commemorates Seattle's history as a gold rush hub.

There are plenty of quirky attractions—like the giant Fremont Troll, the 18-foot sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood that cuts an imposing figure.

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You could also take in the city from a boat—marine enthusiasts might enjoy visiting to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to explore the history of this port city.

Seattle, of course, also has a gritty underground side—you may know the city from its time at the heart of the '90s grunge movement.

It also has a long, storied history that has left more than a few scars. You can literally see its underground through one of its underground tours, which will take you on a walk through the "buried city," the remnants left over from before the Great Fire of 1889.

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Natural Wonders

Seattle is notorious for its natural wonders. For a close-up view, there's the Seattle Aquarium, a marine experience that showcases the best of what Puget Sound has to offer.

For more exposure to the beauty of Seattle's nature, try the Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre showcase of Seattle's wetlands and natural wonders.

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You might also pay a visit to the Alki Beach for some time with the ocean waves.

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Or consider taking a more exhaustive adventure to Discovery Park, a giant and labyrinthine natural park at the edge of Puget Sound.

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Food and Drink

Food tours are also popular options for those who want to get more intimate with the city's cuisine, and Seattle is often ranked as one of the best cities for foodies.

It's also a great place for coffee-heads. You might also pay a visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, AKA Ultimate Starbucks, a tasting room that features a coffee library amongst other treats for coffee addicts.

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Moving to Seattle

If you're planning on moving to Seattle, locals say there's a few things you should know. First off, it is most definitely overcast the majority of the time, though the rain is rather like a mist. That makes the rare sunny day shine even more, though, locals say, in addition to fostering natural abundance.

The city is generally very congested with traffic, which can be noisy, though it offers great public transportation options, from buses to rail—regardless, you'll want to get an Orca Card for that.

Like every city, Seattle has a number of diverse and charismatic neighborhoods. For example, there's the beachy, more laid-back West Seattle.

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There's the vibrant Capitol Hill, a hub of arts, culture, tech bros, and nightlife (during non-COVID times).

There's the historic and artsy Pioneer Square, featuring plenty of museums, shops, galleries, and pubs.

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Fremont is a more bohemian area. Belltown is a trendy waterfront neighborhood that's close to everything.

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Weed World Candies Exist to Prey on Gullible Tourists

Weed is still illegal in New York, but scamming tourists is not.

You wouldn't know it walking around midtown Manhattan, but marijuana is still illegal in New York.

It does seem strange to think that perhaps the most metropolitan city in the US would be lagging behind so many other parts of the country that have legalized possession, production, and sale of cannabis and THC products, but it's true.

New York's decriminalization of marijuana has led many smokers to be more brazen with their public consumption in recent years, and Governor Cuomo recently announced plans for limited legalization for recreational use at the state level. But for the time being the sale of products containing THC is still very much illegal.

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Adding to the confusion is a company that has sprung up to prey on tourist's uncertainty. Weed World trucks have multiplied at a staggering rate since they first started appearing in Midtown and the Village a few years ago. Easily a dozen RVs and vans now line the tourist-dense streets of Manhattan, advertising Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue, clad in marijuana-leaf decals and occupied by employees who are paid either to be stoned out of their minds, or just to pretend they are.

With eyes nearly in slits and an air of relaxation that suggests that customers are temporary interludes from a permanent nap, they will promise you as much as they can get away with while letting their branding do most of the work. They will sell you four lollipops for $20, which would seem like a great deal if not for the fact that they will not deliver on the strong implication that they'll get you high.

They have a Twitter account where they celebrate the supposed availability of weed and claim to "have New York locked down." They'll even sell you vape cartridges that advise you to "get medicated," and which are packed with potent doses of… flavor?

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An employee once assured me that their candies do contain THC—maybe they wouldn't be so brazenly dishonest today—and in a drunken state I coughed up $5 to test that claim. There is a faint weedy taste to their candies, and you may find trace amounts of CBD inside, but that's it. It's a scam. There is no THC. Nothing that will give their customers the experience they're selling.

Worse than the trucks is the Weed World Candies storefront that opened in midtown in 2019. Just walking past you would swear that people were passing a massive blunt inside.

The smell is unmistakable and overpowering, except that it's fake. Whatever chemical fragrance they pumped onto the street, it was not connected to anyone smoking weed. Inside, the psychedelic wall art complemented shelves lined with suggestive candies and boxes emblazoned with pot leaf insignia.

Whatever the venue, they are all too happy to sell you overpriced hemp products and CBD creams and chocolates made to look like nugs. And if you're a tourist, or a moron like me, you might believe the scam long enough to give them money, but nothing they sell will get you high.

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The owners of Weed World, Judah Izrael and Bilal Muhammad—who prefers to go by "Dro Man" or "Doctor Dro"—will defend their products by claiming that they serve to promote legalization and decriminalization efforts by normalizing the idea of public sale of marijuana. But at no point in the purchasing process is the illusion that their candies will get you high broken. At no point are their customers offered literature explaining the mission of Weed World.

On their website's FAQs page, there is no mention of THC or its absence from their products, but the first question, "How much should I eat?" is answered, "It's all based on your tolerance but there's no limit." Tolerance for what? Sugar? The company—which originated in Alabama and has spread to cities around the country—mostly seems like a very profitable way to sell candy to gullible adults.

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The best thing I can say in their defense is that one of their trucks was recently busted by police in Saraland, Alabama, with products that "tested positive for marijuana." Assuming this isn't a screw up or deliberate frame-job by the police, it's possible that some of the Weed World trucks are using their faux activism as a front for selling actual drugs. If so, that would be the most honest thing about this company. Until that's confirmed, ignore these trucks and maybe just ask a friend for a hookup.