New York City is a wondrous place. When I moved here from Missouri seven years ago, I quickly realized there was so much to see that I’d never be able to do it all. Even though I’ve accepted that fact, I’ve been visiting new restaurants, bars, museums, concert halls, performance spaces, parks, and more as often as I can. I enjoy breathing in the city and letting it elevate me.
One thing I brought with me from Missouri was a love of American barbecue. Smoked and seasoned meats of all kinds, sweet and spicy sauces, and tasty sides are things I love with a passion. And so it’s been fascinating to watch a true barbecue renaissance emerge in the city that I’ve settled. It’s been a wild and delicious ride to visit many of these barbecue restaurants and see what some of America’s best pitmasters can cook up.
New York City’s barbecue brilliance comes from chefs from all over the United States (hell, the world) and sharing their food styles with us. Because we have enough people to support diversity and many of us have adventurous palates, we've attracted most American barbecue styles. Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis, Texas, and North Carolina styles are all currently represented in NYC. And who knows what else is to come?
I haven’t had a chance to try every well-rated barbecue restaurant in the city. But I’m damn well going to, and this site will see me reviewing as much finger-licking food as I can. I’m not stopping until I’ve tried the best ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and pork belly in this city. I might even stop in to a few BBQ joints that are not universally liked and see if they’ve been given a fair bite.
What else can you expect from NYC BBQ besides barbecue reviews? Look out for interviews with the city’s most innovative pitmasters, news items pertaining to NYC’s barbecue restaurants and culture, and information about the best NYC barbecue events.