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It's All About The Meat: 4 Tips For Your First Trip To An Authentic BBQ Restaurant

If the only BBQ you've ever had was right in your own backyard, you haven't tasted true BBQ. To get a real taste of BBQ, you've got to head out to BBQ restaurants. That's where you'll get the full-flavor of a real authentic BBQ dinner. Before you head out to eat, however, there are a few things you'll need to know. Here are a few pointers that will help you savor every moment of your authentic BBQ dinner.

Come Prepared to Get Messy

If you're used to staying clean throughout your meal, you'll need to toss that right out the window. The one thing that's certain about a BBQ dinner is that you're going to get messy. With that in mind, you need to come dressed for the mess. First, don't wear anything you wouldn't want to get  BBQ sauce on. Second, wear short-sleeves, or sleeves you can roll up. Finally, have plenty of napkins and moist towelettes on hand; you're going to need them.

Know What Type of Meat You Want

When it comes to enjoying an authentic BBQ restaurant, there's one question you'll need to answer right off the bat. You'll need to know the type of meat you want. Most authentic BBQ restaurants will offer chicken, pork and beef. If you're not sure what type of meat you want, you may tie up the line, and you don't want to do that in a BBQ restaurant. If you're not sure what type of meat you want, order a combo plate. That way, you'll get to savor all three types of meat so you can choose your favorite for next time.

You Can't Go Wrong with Sides

When you're ordering your main course of BBQ, don't forget to add some sides. The one thing you'll learn at a BBQ restaurant is that you can't go wrong with sides. Some of the crowd favorites for BBQ sides include baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, and corn on the cob. However, you'll find a wide variety of sides at most BBQ restaurants. Don't be afraid to try them all.

Identify the Style of BBQ Before Ordering

If you've never ordered BBQ before, it's important to know the style of BBQ before you order. Various regions of the US provide a different take on the BBQ. For instance, authentic Texas BBQ avoids all use of sauces. They prefer the BBQ rub. However, authentic Carolina BBQ is all about the sauce; lots of it. Make sure you understand what style of BBQ to expect from your food so you won't be surprised.