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best bbq in brooklyn?

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  • andrea Jul 17, 2003 12:27 PM
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what are people's favorites? is there any carolina-style bbq?

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  1. Unfortunately, there isn't any in Brooklyn.

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    1. re: DeeDee
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      billyblancoNYC

      Biscuit 367 Flatbush Ave

      1. re: billyblancoNYC

        Oh,no, Billy!!! Don't tell me you're a biscuit fan! Seriously, I don't think good BBQ - carolinian or any other style- exists in Brooklyn. If you want it, ya' gotta' make it yourself!

        1. re: Faren

          Well, he didn't say it was good. He said the best in Bklyn - which may still be sucky.

          1. re: Katerina
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            billyblancoNYC

            Never been. I just heard it's Carolina BBQ.

            1. re: billyblancoNYC
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              Joyce Goldstein

              Some people I know, who are fairly reliable foodwise have told me that Biscuit is pretty good. I have yet to try it.

            2. re: Katerina

              I think the origional post said "favorite". Maybe Biscut could fit that criteria (because B.B.Q. are so few and far between) - but I can't imagine anyone describing that restaurant as good.

        2. re: DeeDee

          Jake's on Columbia

          1. re: Ham Renaut

            Jakes has been discussed many times on Chowhound (do a search) and opinion runs about 70%-30% that it sucks. I fall into that 70% group - its conveniently close to me and I certainly like BBQ. I went in there on a Friday night in Feb after having beers at Alma - the perfect preparation for BBQ. I was pretty hungry but I wound up leaving most of my food on the plate. It was flat out bad. Dry, flavorless, and lukewarm. The temperature trick was pretty amazing since we were sitting about 10 feet from the kitchen.

            I'm glad you like it - I wish I could say the same.

            1. re: Ham Renaut

              Jakes is a Chinese takeout/delivery operation.

              How or why they got into the BBQ business as an option to their Chinese fare is a bit of a mystery. Maybe too many Chinese places already doing sushi, so they went for Q. No slow cooker in sight. The food is not the real thing, not even an imitation. Rather an Oriental take on what BBQ might be, done in a Chinese manner and not a good one at that.

              1. re: Odyssey

                Jake's also takes forever to send delivery...

          2. I really like the ribs at the Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic. The beers are great too.

            1. I'd suggest the best bbq in our fair borough is not Carolinian but Caribean.

              You'd be hard pressed to find jerk chicken or pork anywhere along Nostrand, Utica, or Church Aves which compete with Jake's "bbq" for lameness. (On Atlantic, Stir The Pot's jerk chicken just about equals it, sadly; but her curry goat, oxtails, and roti are all at least pretty good and fish cakes were excellent.)

              I've never had authentic Carolina BBQ or a plausible fascimile, but for something at least in the extended family I like Pooor Freddy's (sic) a bit past the Van Wyck in Queeens.

              Chuck

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              1. re: bosshogg

                No real Southern BBQ to speak of....Go to Jackson Heights to Pearson's for good mesquite

              2. The ribs at Pete's on Atlantic ARE good. However, skip Bklyn and head to Blue Smoke for good BBQ, at least to me it is, I'm not from a BBQ State. It was yummy - I had the rib sampler, but I'll not post in more detail as I'm sure it is discussed over on the Manhattan board.

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                1. re: Mondaybox

                  I don't know why people always like Blue Smoke....Personally I think that their meats were pretty dry

                  1. re: Kev

                    I wasn't thrilled either. Thought I was the only one.

                2. I've been looking in bklyn for good bbq for 20 years w/no luck. Either hit Pearsons in Queens or Virgil's in Time Square or I'm afraid you'll have to make it yourself. Good luck!

                  1. I'm from Atlanta and this is the best BBQ and collards we have had in NYC. Biscuit is located on Flatbush. The pulled chicken is very good, they have several sauces on the counter from which to choose, the blackened catfish is scrummy, biscuits are little dry but good considering this is Yankee country. Wear comfortable, cool clothing because the A/C doesn't work.

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                    1. re: kruella

                      Pardon me for asking, but I'm a native Brooklynite and in all my life have never heard anything described as "scrummy." Does it mean what I think it does -- sort of scrumptuous and yummy? I sure hope so!

                      1. re: Walnetto

                        >>Does it mean what I think it does -- sort of scrumptuous and yummy? I sure hope so! <<

                        Yes, the alternative doesn't sound appetizing: the taste and aroma of a scrum, that part of a rugby match when a couple of dozen sweaty guys link arms and push against each other whilst the ball is tossed in at their feet. Yum!

                        1. re: Deven Black

                          actually, there's a bar called the Gibson on Bedford Ave Williamsburg that has pulled pork Fridays. Damn good. Cheap. AND it's a bar. Yay! I hear the fish tacos on Tuesday are out of this world too.

                    2. Not particularly saucy BBQ, but I really enjoy going to Fette Sau in Williamsburg. Outdoor picnic table seating, food sold by poundage, and I like the cole slaw a lot. Skip the potato salad and eat more ribs.

                      http://underemployedinnyc.blogspot.com/

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                      Fette Sau
                      354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                      1. My wife's from Texas and she swears by Fette Sau in Williamsburg-really good!

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                        Fette Sau
                        354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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                        1. re: jeeg

                          I am surprised that more people are not jumping on this. Fette Sau is really, really good. They make the best pulled pork I have had outside of the south.

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                          Fette Sau
                          354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                          1. re: NYJewboy

                            +1

                          2. re: jeeg

                            I'm from Texas and I agree with your wife. Best I've had in NYC.

                          3. Fette Sau - hands down!

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                            Fette Sau
                            354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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                            1. re: unknown24

                              Seriously some of the best BBQ I have ever had. The sides could be better but the beer and meat are so good I don't even care.

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                              Fette Sau
                              354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                              1. re: MandaLee

                                yes, their sides are weak, but the bbq is great and interesting,,, no particular school, which is to say pastrami style brisket next to pulled pork, w/ no tradional rubs and such, but damned good...

                            2. Fette Sau is amazing. I'm also a big fan of The Smoke Joint in Fort Greene.

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                              Fette Sau
                              354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                              The Smoke Joint
                              87 S Elliott Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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                              1. re: AnnieWaits09

                                I'm surprised no one's mentioned Calvin's Royal Rib in bed stuy. open 4 days a week, damn, that place is good.

                                1. re: Jeffsayyes

                                  I was pretty unimpressed with Calvin's. Fette Sau was pretty good though. Has anyone tried Mabel's?

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                                  Fette Sau
                                  354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                                  1. re: ChiefHDB

                                    when i went to fette sau, i got sick. too greasy. but maybe it was the beer...

                                    1. re: ChiefHDB

                                      I tried Mabel's the other day. It was decent. I ordered the platter, which was a meat, two sides, plus cole slaw, wonder bread, pickles and jalapenos. The ribs were very tasty and extremely saucy (which is a matter of preference). I usually like a dry rub with less sauce. The mac and cheese was good as was the corn off the cob, which had a cornbread-like taste. Overall, it was not fantastic but I'd go back. The space was very cool and the staff was friendly. The bar did not have a ton of options, especially for bourbon at a bbq place but it was servicable.

                                  2. re: AnnieWaits09

                                    I went to smoke joint several years back. Found it pretty bad. Maybe they've fixed everything.

                                    1. re: MRich

                                      I went last summer - it was awful. The pulled pork sandwiches were nearly flavorless and bone dry. Dousing them liberally with various sauces produced a the paradox of a soggy sandwich but the meat was *still* dry. It's as if it was covered with Teflon.

                                      The hot dogs were actually pretty good. I had one as a starter. I should have stopped there.

                                      1. re: Bob Martinez

                                        I miss the Cambodian restaurant.

                                        1. re: Bob Martinez

                                          I think the thing to get at Smoke Joint is the bbq/smoked chicken wings. I never knew wings could be so good. Seriously.

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                                          The Smoke Joint
                                          87 S Elliott Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                                          1. re: egit

                                            I'm a huge fan of Smoke Joint's spare ribs. I can't speak to the pulled pork but the spare ribs and mac & cheese have never disappointed.

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                                            The Smoke Joint
                                            87 S Elliott Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                                            1. re: egit

                                              If you really like wings get yourself over to Bonnie's in Park Slope. They're very good. Not saucy like so many others but juicy just the same. Order the medium heat ones - the "hot" ones will probably be too much.