“Growing up in Austin, Texas smoked BBQ is in our blood. Every Saturday night my parents would get mesquite and hickory burning in our 8 foot backyard smoker (that my dad had welded together) and tend to its fire overnight. On Sunday afternoon, right after church, we had us a good ol’ time. We wanted to offer a “Meatopia” of our favorite meats and the Butcher’s Platter was born—a sampler of burnt end brisket, pork belly, and ribs topped with mac and cheese and bacon-string beans. Just like Momma’s Sunday BBQ!” Orlando Sanchez, Executive Chef, Butcher Bar, 37-08 30th Ave, Astoria, (718) 606-8140, butcherbar.com
John Brown Smokehouse is throwin’ a hootenanny this Wednesday. Actually, it’s more of a pig picking. To commemorate Harper’s Ferry Day the Long Island City ‘cue spot,which has become something of mini-museum of ephemera devoted to abolitionist John Brown, will be smoking a 200-pound hog. And not just any old hog either but a very happy heritage breed pig from Tamarack Hollow Farm in Vermont. Pitmaster Josh Bowen has enlisted the aid of Tyson Ho, who knows a thing or three about cooking whole hog. The not-so-little piggy will smoking out front of the restaurant all day and should be ready to serve by late afternoon, $20 all the pork you can eat. Rumor has it that Bowen’s, banjo picking alter ego, Trainwreck Washington will be making an appearance.
Just a few blocks away from the 7 train on 111th Street on the way to Flushing Meadows Corona Park are a few street vendors. If you get hungry, try a stick of barbecued chicken. It’s simply seasoned and for an extra kick throw some hot sauce on it. If that’s not enough, add a side of salchipapas (hot dogs and french fries) and wash it down with some horchata.
“It’ll be like B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ in Kansas City. You go there to eat BBQ and there just happens to be a bad-ass blues band over in the corner rocking out,” such was Josh Bowen’s vision for the new John Brown Smokehouse in Long Island City. After last night’s blistering double bill of R.L. Boyce and Daddy Longlegs it’s safe to say he has achieved his goal.
Flushing is home to some of the best cheap eats street food. $1 bbq sticks? I’ll have three. They come in chicken, lamb, and beef. Spicy or mild? Go for the secret shake spice! It’ll make all the difference. Expect long lines after work and during late nights.
Where Main Street, 41st Avenue, and Kissena Boulevard begin to fork.
In the shadow of Jackson Heights’ famous Indian, Nepali, and Himalayan cuisine lies Legend’s Bar where in the back exists a fantastic Texas style barbecue kiosk. Head straight to Ranger Texas Barbecue for all your pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, sausage links, and chicken cravings. They even have sides. Baked beans, cornbread, you name it!
Legend’s/Ranger Texas Barbecue, 71-04 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Wouldja look at this meaty monolith? This well-crusted crusty hunk of juicy meat candy is a beef burnt end from Long Island City’s very own John Brown Smokehouse. It is the object of my BBQ affections.