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Carolina BBQ

This Carolina boy just moved to the city and needs his barbecue - that means slow-smoked pork in a vinegar based sauce. I've heard some good things about various BBQ joints around the city, but I want to know which ones know how to smoke pork.

Any thoughts?

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  1. For my money, the best BBQ in NYC is RUB, but it's not Carolina style, it's Kansas City style. Brother Jimmy's SAYS they have Carolina style....So does Virgil's. Reports on both have been very mixed. I've been to Brother Jimmy's recently, and it isn't awful, but I don't think it's going to be as good as what you want.

    Virgil's is Times Square touristy.
    Brother Jimmy's is Frat Boy/Football fan noisy

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    1. re: plf515

      Virgil's is so *not* NC style. Not close. I hate to say it, but the closest I've seen to real Southern 'cue (although not quite NC) was a little dive in downtown New Haven. Having carted a few quarts of the real thing up to the City, I can can tell you that it travels very well and freezes if necessary.

      Sorry, but you'll have to get back to Wilson to get the real deal.

      1. re: rockycat

        Will soon be spending a great deal of time in New Haven. Can you remember the name of the restaurant?

    2. Pies and Thighs in Williamsburg serves N.C.-style pork that gets good reviews. I've not been there yet, but it's probably a good bet.

      1. Hi Carolina - you will definately dig this spot out in South Slope (that's the south part of Park Slope) in Brooklyn. I went to birthday there a while back, and have definately returned since. the nc style pulled pork is fantastic.

        Bar BQ
        689 6th Ave
        Brooklyn, NY 11215
        (718) 499-4872

        1. Virgil's is great food but if you are looking for what you get back home in Carolina do not go there! There is a place called porky's or something in New York. Much more authentic.

          1. I am here to say that Pies 'n' Thighs is GREAT. Don't know how it will measure up to the stuff you get at home, but they do serve pulled pork with a Carolina style vinegar-based sauce. The coleslaw on top is a little weird, instead of shredded cabbage, it seems like it's been pulsed in a food processor, great taste, just a strange texture. Great hush puppies, served with homemade tartar sauce. My friend had the collard greens and there was definitely some serious ham hock action in the greens. For dessert get a WHOLE PIE if you dare, the key lime was out of this world.

            It is kind of hard to find, it's a tiny hole in the wall, literally across the street from and almost under the Williamsburg Bridge, near the Domino Sugar factory. And there isn't much space to sit down and eat, none really, but you can sit down in the adjoining bar (Rockstar Bar), order a beer, and they'll bring you your food. The bar is kind of a rough joint, lots of tattoos and leather, but nice folks. In the summer, they have picnic tables in the loading dock, out next to the smoker.