Interesting you should mention that & you've got a very good point. I guess finding the best BBQ joint is helpful for those traveling to areas outside their local venue. For instance, If I'm in Austin and I have an itch for good Q, then it's good to know where the best joints are. However, I'm not going to drive to Austin JUST to eat barbecue.
A guy I work this and I are big BBQ aficianados. He's working with a Pitts-n-Spits rig handed down from his dad. I'm working with a Comalco Tall-Que. His Mesquite-smoked Q is "off the hook" (to quote Guy). But I'm having great fun learning how to get the most out of my vertical smoker and have had fine results using hickory (My family's preference).
When the dust (or wood chips) settle, it's all about eating great barbecue cooked by someone who really cares about what good barbecue should taste like, regardless of whether it's home-made or eat-out.
This 4th of July weekend, there will definitely be smoke over my neighborhood, and it won't be from fireworks!