From mesquite to mild, find out where the stars love to go for smoked and grilled meat

By Alison Schwartz
August 18, 2010 03:30 PM
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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.”

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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:

Joe Nichols
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.”

Blake Shelton
Blue Pig BBQ, Ardmore, Okla.
• “It’s pork barbecue. The name is kind of a dead giveaway, isn’t it?”

Justin Moore
Jack’s Bar-B-Que, Nashville
• “It’s great food, and the atmosphere is always awesome in the middle of the honky-tonks.”

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Tim McGraw
Podnuh’s, Baton Rouge, La.
• “P-o-d-n-u-h-s – like saying partner, you know, in Louisiana you say ‘podnuh?’ Best beans. Nobody can stay in the car with me though.”

Dolly Parton
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].”

For more celeb barbecue recommendations, plus the latest from Kellie Pickler, Toby Keith and other hot country music stars, pick up the special PEOPLE Country, on newsstands now

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