Big Five: Top barbecue cities in the U.S.

Big Five: Top barbecue cities in the U.S.

December 24th, 2013 by Dave Flessner in Business Around the Region

Freezing rain falls on an empty Beale Street, the famed tourist drag featuring blues bars and barbecue restaurants, on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Memphis.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

The cities with the biggest share of barbecue restaurants are all in the South.

1. Atlanta, 3.7 restaurants per 10,000 residents

2. Birmingham, Ala., 2.7 restaurants per 10,000 residents

3. Orlando, 2.4 restaurants per 10,000 residents

4. Memphis, 2.3 restaurants per 10,000 residents

5. Tampa, 2.0 restaurants per 10,000 residents

Source: Infogroup Targeting Solutions, December 2013