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Some characters wear capes, while others (I’m looking at you, pitmasters) wear aprons. Some carry neither, frankly, they just know how to deliver the good stuff to the people who want it. For your next cooking, you can take some of the best barbecue in the country, delivered straight to your door, hassle-free by Goldbelly. Goldbelly barbecue not only provides high quality meat, but also everything you need for the big day, so you can take back your time to sip a slow bourbon and enjoy the festivities.

Goldbelly is an online marketplace for gourmet prepared meals and works with some of the most legendary barbecue spots south (and north) of Mason-Dixon to deliver slow-cooked barbecue meats and sides to your door.

Momofuku’s Bo Ssäm dinner is just one of the many excellent BBQ options at Goldbelly.

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Don’t worry, I tested it

Not all types of prepared food freeze and travel well. But barbecue, which is mostly slow-cooked, is well-suited for a cross-country trip. That, combined with how long it takes to make real barbecue at home—and how difficult it can be—makes it an excellent candidate for online ordering. Plus, you can score expertly prepared barbecue dinners for up to eight people for under $95.

To make sure everything went according to plan, I ordered a feast of ribs, brisket and brisket burnt ends from the iconic Joe’s KC via Goldbelly. Everything arrived frozen and neatly packaged with instructions for heating and serving. I grilled the tender pork ribs with some of the included extra sauce and heated the burnt ends and brisket on the same grill wrapped in foil. Everything turned out to be incredibly tender and full of rich, smoky flavor.

Oh, and I barely had to lift a finger.

If you’re looking for a real microphone for your cooking (but without the hassle), I can’t recommend Joe’s highly enough. But there is numerous easy Goldbelly options

The best barbecue to order online this summer

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This full-serve barbecue from Joe’s in KC includes a slab of pork ribs, one pound of brisket, one pound of chopped beef brisket and a bottle of sauce.

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This might be the best deal of all the Goldbelly BBQ offerings. Dinosaur has made quite a name for itself producing delicious ribs and pulled pork in upstate New York, but you can get the goods wherever you live.

The sampler includes two types of meat (ribs, sausage, pork shoulder, brisket or chicken), plus one pound each of beans and chili and two bottles of sauce. You can even add sausage links, homemade pickles, or more sauces to your order for an additional fee.

That’s enough food for eight (probably more) for less than $95. I’m not sure you can make all that food from a scratch for that cheap.

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If you like vinegar-rich Carolina BBQ, this sampler of meats, sides and sauce from Kings BBQ is what you need to get. The Oink Sampler feeds four to six people and includes the following:

  • 1 pound Kings Hand Chopped BBQ Pork
  • 2 Troughs of Kings BBQ Pork Ribs
  • 1 pint of Brunswick Stew
  • 1 pint of potato salad
  • 1 pint of straw
  • 12 Kings hush puppies
  • BBQ Sauce (5 oz)

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For Memphis barbecue, it doesn’t get much better than Central. This feast includes enough tender ribs and pulled pork for eight hungry partygoers. You’ll also get a jar of rub and a bottle of sauce to slather on.

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For a unique take on barbecue, Momofuku’s legendary Bo Ssäm is available for delivery nationwide. This home cooking kit includes half a pork shoulder that has been cured, smoked and roasted for several hours. All you have to do is reheat in your oven and serve with the included rolls and fixins.

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While you’re at it, you might want to order some extra sides, and there’s nothing more crowd-pleasing than macaroni and cheese. Rafetto’s excellent offering uses a velvety blend of yellow sharp cheddar and American cheese. Top it with bread crumbs or Ritz crackers, pop it in the oven for 25 minutes, and you’ll have some very happy party guests.

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