The 2016 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in Madison Square Park is coming up soon. Here's everything you need to know.Read More
The New York Daily News took a stab at rounding up some of the best BBQ joints in New York City in today's issue. The authors interviewed several NYC pitmasters and chefs to help show off all the barbecue styles you can find in the city, from Texas to Kansas City to Carolina.
Unfortunately, three key restaurants that have helped defined NYC's barbecue culture are missing from the piece.Read More
It's highly appropriate that Hill Country Barbecue Market (30 West 26th St, New York, NY 10010) is the first stop in my journey to review's NYC's best BBQ joints because it's the first one I ever visited when I moved here more than seven years ago. I was invited to eat at an "authentic barbecue restaurant" by a friendly woman I had met on a plane ride between New York and Kansas City. As I loved BBQ and hardly knew anyone in the city, I obliged.
Even back in my early NYC days, Hill Country had the scent of commercial-ness -- the sort of place designed by someone trying to emulate a Texas barbecue restaurant he or she saw in pictures but had never actually visited. The owners wanted to make this feel like Texas, but we're clearly in Manhattan.Read More
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?Read More