Mud is awful I agree.Yeah, "offroading" is not a single category. So there isn't a single tire that could be called "best".
What sort of offroading you do makes a big difference. We avoid mud whenever possible, I hate what it does to the Jeep,so a mud tire would not be best for us. For us, an AT like the KO2 would probably be best. Currently we have Nitto Ridge Grapplers and they work well enough. They are better off road than the KO2 (slightly) but not as good on road (more than slightly).
Other good options for anything short of mud include Falken AT3W and Toyo Open Country AT3.
They are certainly the nicest, and most aggressive looking AT tire......I swear by BFG AT KO2's. I had BFG AT's on my 1997 TJ and ran them forever. Then in my JK, I put over 75,000 miles on BFG AT KO2's and they were indestructible, great on trails, snow, everything. And I just put a new set on the JL and know they'll handle everything (and they look rad too).
In fairness though, the KO2 is an AT and the Pats are MTs and they ride really well on road, smooth and quiet. Personally the Pats are the best riding on road MT I have ever had and I have had many over the years. They also perform very well off road IMO. Granted they don't last forever but longevity is way down on my own list of importance. Not to mention they are still less expensive than every other tire of good quality on the market.Long lasting never factored into my buying decisions, but BFG KO2’s would be my choice for an “all around”
I have Maxxis Trepador’s (Bias) MTs on my JKU, because “on-road” manners didn’t mean anything to me..... I put Patagonia MT’s on my JK, and wish I had KO2s instead, and that’s only because it’s used primarily on-road, but only 1500-2000 miles a year. I just don’t find the Pats to be worth the road manners sacrifice