This past March Griff and I -- two guys who are relatively new to barbecuing -- and our wives took a whirlwind tour
that mostly followed the NCBS Historic Barbecue Trail. We couldn't eat at nearly enough places in a week, but it was a start! Good luck with your appointed task -- it's hard work, but somebody's gotta do it.
(Do take a look at Jim Morgan's site
-- brief summaries of your reviews would surely be welcome additions.)