10 old-school Detroit barbecue joints everyone should try

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Before there was Slows Bar BQ, decades ago, small neighborhood barbecue joints of a much different vibe — like Nunn’s, Vicki’s, Lee’s, and Park’s — helped turn Detroit into a barbecue town.

The old-schoolers are plexiglass-divided restaurants that are fragrant, small-ish, and often carryout only. Your meals arrive with slices of white bread used to sop up the excess tangy, sweet, or hot sauces, as is standard in the south. The shops are often owned and operated by people who come from a long line of barbecue masters with deep Southern roots, and each caters to the city’s love of ribs and chicken.