People in Greensboro and the state of North Carolina as a whole are very proud of the fine barbecue that originates from the city and the state, but a new study that used a multitude of measures to find the best barbecue cities in the country ranked Greensboro just 103rd out of the 200 most populous cities in the US.

According to the findings, the top ten “Best Cities for BBQ” of the 200 most populous cities in the country were as follows…

1. Kansas City, MO

2. St. Louis, MO

3. Kansas City, KS

4. Memphis, TN

5. Houston, TX

6. Orlando, FL

7. Springfield, MO

8. Omaha, NE

9. Nashville, TN

10. Richmond, VA

As for the absolute worst cities in this regard, there was a tie between Yonkers, NY and Paterson NJ. Also coming up near last were Lancaster, CA, Miramar, FL and Ontario, CA.

Greensboro barbeque advocates who question Greensboro’s 103rd ranking might bring up Stamey’s, City Barbeque, Boss Hog’s and all the other excellent barbeque establishments and pit masters the city has to offer.

Critics of the study can point to the fact that it was conducted by LawnStarter – an online lawn maintenance company. However, the company claims: “We compared the 200 biggest U.S. cities based on five categories. We looked at access to tasty barbecue vendors, consumer ratings, competition awards, and the number of barbecue festivals, among 20 total metrics.”

Kansas City, according to the study, “smoked the competition” in part by having the most barbecue festivals, and St. Louis stood out largely because it had the second highest number of barbeque vendors per capita and the most National Barbecue & Grilling Association (NBBQA) members.

One comment about the state of barbeque in the state of North Carolina reads, “North Carolina is known for its distinct BBQ style, but some Tar Heel cities fell behind in both barbecue Access and pitmasters with Elite Memberships. Raleigh (No. 25) pitmasters have been recognized by the NBBQA, American Royal World Series of Barbecue, and World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (WCBCC).”

Fayetteville, in 69th place, and Winston-Salem, in 82nd place, finished ahead of Greensboro, as did Durham, which came in 92nd.