Want to try Southern BBQ? Here are 8 must-try recipes

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Barbecue is a true Southern tradition, and I can never get enough of it! From brisket to baby back ribs, I love it all. I know I'm not the only one — barbecue is one of the most popular foods in America!
If you're a barbecue fiend, you might think nothing will ever top your own secret barbecue recipes, but these recipes are still pretty amazing!
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1. Root beer BBQ pork ribs
There's definitely more than one way to create delicious and succulent pork ribs, but none of them can beat the finger-licking-good ribs that come straight out of your slow cooker. While other methods require vigorously wrapping ribs in foil, furiously basting them while cooking or constantly moving them around the grill, this recipe lets you drop the pork ribs into a marinade, turn a button and come back later to fall-off-the-bone ribs. Get the full recipe here.
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2. Beer and honey BBQ chicken skewers (h/t Jo Cooks)
If you marinate these overnight, they make a super easy weeknight dinner! The beer makes the meat nice and tender, and honey, soy sauce, and Dijon mustard give it a ton of flavor.
3. Bacon bourbon meatballs (h/t House of Yumm)
Meatballs might not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of barbecue, but these bacon bourbon meatballs are incredible! They make a great appetizer, but they're also perfect in a sandwich.
4. Southern slow cooker Louisiana ribs
Looking for that slow-cooked barbecue flavor without the time, effort, or space a real smoker would require? Look no further than the recipe below! These Louisiana ribs are made entirely in the slow cooker – no grill required. Get the full recipe here.
5. Southern BBQ shrimp
Barbecue shrimp gets its name not from the use of a barbecue (of which there is none) but rather from the sauce in which these crustaceans are cooked. The recipe below features a hearty helping of butter, but the results are totally worth the calories. Get the full recipe here.
6. BBQ chicken corn dogs
This BBQ chicken corn dog recipe satisfies anyone's craving, and honestly, it's better than many classic corn dog recipes. It's sweet and tangy from the BBQ sauce, and the shredded chicken has a really nice texture. Get the full recipe here.
7. Sweet Southern BBQ beans
Worcestershire sauce and dijon mustard will give the beans a nice kick, while molasses adds that wonderful sweetness. Get the recipe here.
8. Pulled pork cornbread tarts (h/t Southern Bite)
Pulled pork and cornbread are both delicious, but it's pure magic when you combine them! These little tarts are incredibly tasty, and they're pretty enough to impress company with.
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