Apologies for the delay. I had misplaced my notebook which had notes I took at every meal. Thanks to all the help I received on this post.
My main goal on this trip was to expand my knowledge of bbq. I think I succeeded, it was very helpful to eat so much over a short period of time. I was able to start noticing the little differences. I'm going to put this in chronological order as I think that's the best way. This isn't meant as a definitive ranking for anyone, not even for myself, I recognize how things might change. What it is are the takes of someone learning about bbq and my thoughts during my trip. I hope this can be helpful to others looking to do the same and of interest to more experienced bbq lovers. I'm going to break this in sections to make it easier reading.
Also I really tried not to let sides affect my thoughts as I cared about the meat. That meant I really didn't pay much attention to the sauce either. On the same note, I didn't let surroundings affect me too much either.