May is National BBQ Month and there are a few Illinois and Missouri restaurants that made the list of American BBQ Joints You Need To Try.

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We are lucky here in the Tri-States to have some great local bbq restaurants. The Rebel Pig in Palmyra, Big Bro's BBQ & Catering Food Truck, Riverside BBQ & Grill in Quincy, and Fatbacks BBQ in Quincy, but if you are wanting to travel outside of the Tri-States these Missouri and Illinois BBQ joints might be worth the trip. Thrillist put together a list of some of the very best bbq joints in Illinois you just have to try, and the pictures say it all.

The first stop is 17th Street Barbecue in Murphysboro, Illinois run by a father and daughter who are famous for their Mike's cherry and applewood-smoked, and magic-dusted baby back ribs that have won several awards and championships. The menu looks mouth-watering and you will want to have everything on the menu. They also sell online some of the famous "magic dust" and rubs to try at home.

Beast Craft Barbeque in Belleville, Illinois (St. Louis) brings BBQ and fine dining together. You would never think that fine dining could happen in BBQ, but the owners of Beast Craft Barbeque made it happen. The chefs have won local and national awards for their cooking, which by the photo below you can see why. They offer both a big menu of craft beers and craft food at their restaurant.

And of course, there is always a short drive to Kansas City where you can get some of the very best in BBQ, in my opinion anyway.

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