The World on a Grill

El Principe Tutul-Xiu, Mani, Yucatan, Mexico

This thatched-roof, open-air restaurant in the heart of the Yucatan is a one-trick pony, but, oh, what a trick: Poc chuc--thin shavings of flash-brined pork--are grilled over oak and served under pickled onions with fiery habanero salsa. _El Principe Tutul-Xiu
Calle 26, No. 208, Colonia Centro, Mani, Yucatan
997/978-4257
COURTESY JUANITA STEIN/YUCATAN TODAY

While writing my book Planet Barbecue! (Workman, 2010) I traveled across six continents (I skipped Antarctica, though scientists there grill, too) and 53 countries in search of the best flame-cooked foods on earth. Below, in no particular order, are my 12 favorite grill joints in the world.