It’s no secret that Missouri and Kansas are known for serving some of the country’s best ‘cue. Cities have their own specialties – burnt ends in Kansas City, pork steaks in St. Louis – but no matter your location, most barbecue joints have at least one menu item in common: pulled pork sandwiches. In this issue, which is dedicated to the best summer eats and drinks, we tracked down 55 of our favorites, ranging from a riff on a Cuban to Hawaiian-inspired to classics with just plain tender, smoky pulled pork piled high on a soft bun.

From spicy to smoky to sweet, dig into 55 of our favorite pulled pork sandwiches.

Writer Pete Dulin is the author of Kansas City Beer: A History of Brewing in the Heartland, KC Ale Trail, and Expedition of Thirst: Exploring Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries Across Central Kansas and Missouri.

Jessica is a freelance writer based in Columbia, Missouri. She lives by the words of M.F.K. Fisher: "First we eat, then we do everything else."