To me, summer has many symbols. The beach, fireworks, freshly cut grass, and cold beer are summer staples that no one can deny. The same is true for summer food and for me, that's Barbecue. Although my time in the Cedar Valley has been short lived, I've eaten at enough BBQ joints to give you my top 5. Without further adieu, the best Barbecue restaurants in the Cedar Valley.

5). Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que

4). Whiskey Road Tavern & Grill

3). D&K Hickory House

2). Blue Barn BBQ

1). Starbecks Smokehouse

After tasting,enjoying, and diligent note taking, this is my final list. Starbecks and Blue Barn were quite close but Starbecks wins it with the outstanding Mac-N-Cheese. Did I miss anything?