11007 York Road, Cockeysville, (410) 527-1226, andynelsonsbbq.com
Andy Nelson's is the obvious choice, sure, but when it comes to barbecue, novelty is not what we're looking for. We're looking for well-cooked meat, perfectly seasoned in a subtle way. The pulled pork makes those of us from Southern climes pine for home (especially for South Carolinians, with Nelson's gamecock memorabilia), and the pit beef makes us damn happy to be in Maryland. There is no better way to enjoy the food at Andy Nelson's than sitting outside the restaurant, listening to live bands such as Caleb Stine and the Brakemen, so we hope they keep offering live music. It gives us a good excuse to go.