How does country star Jewel keep her figure in tune? Mesquite-smoked Texas-style barbecue.
Okay, maybe that’s not her most tried-and-true diet tip, but the country singer certainly has a go-to barbecue joint: Hard 8 BBQ in Stephenville, Texas.
“I take all my out-of-town guests here, and they rave about it,” she tells PEOPLE Country in its September issue. “In fact, I think they visit me just for the barbecue.”
Where else are country stars getting their barbecue fixes? These digs have singers like Tim McGraw and Dolly Parton licking their fingers – and reaching for wet naps:
Country Tavern, Kilgore, Texas
• “The best brisket and ribs I’ve ever had. And they’ve got traditional country on the jukebox. It just feels like Texas.”
Blue Pig BBQ, Ardmore, Okla.
• “It’s pork barbecue. The name is kind of a dead giveaway, isn’t it?”
Jack’s Bar-B-Que, Nashville
• “It’s great food, and the atmosphere is always awesome in the middle of the honky-tonks.”
Couser’s Southern Restaurant, Nashville
• “They have the best barbecue. When I first came to Nashville, I used to fill their salt and pepper shakers [in exchange for free food].”
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