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As 20th-century jobs shifted from farms to factories in the American South, barbecue pit masters moved to cities like Memphis, Tennessee, where they worked more quickly, smoking smaller cuts of meat in handmade oil drum grills and brick barbecue pits. In the process, says Lolis Elie, author of SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING, “the styles of barbecue now associated with Memphis emerged: shoulder sandwiches and rib racks.” Here are the best places to grab a taste.