50 States, 50 Amazing Barbecue Joints

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The building where Joe's Real BBQ resides was once a church. Joe Johnston recognized its potential to be an authentic Texas-style barbecue restaurant and spoke to the pastor about buying the place. On January 20, 1998, the transformation from church to 1940s-era cowboy dive was complete, and they have been serving up pecan-smoked meats ever since.