“The art of brewing beer and smoking meats are both time-honored traditions,” Doug Psaltis, chef-partner of Bub City and co-founder of Chicago’s annual Windy City Smokeout festival, says.

We agree completely. Barbecue is among America’s proudest contributions to the global culinary canon, in summer and always.

That’s why we’ve compiled perfect beer pairings for 12 of the country’s top barbecue dishes. Whether your ribs are saucy or spare, and your pulled pork sweet or tangy, we’ve got you covered.

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How to pair beer with barbecue favorites.