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Any recommendations for Father's Day? My husband loves Blue Smoke but I'd rather find someplace local for him to drool over....

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  1. No such animal in lower or upper westchester.... I have several smokers and compete in several events during the year. My best suggestion, drive into the city, Daisy Mae's on 11 Ave and 46thish and pick up some of your husband s favorites to go. Its a few blocks off the Westside Highway, easy on and easy off.

    1. I"m no expert. I have heard great things about Yvonne's in Pelham. I prefer Cajun stuff to BBQ. Aside from Q, which I have heard is pretty mediocre, there isn't any real BBQ joints in Westchester that I know of.

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      1. re: jhopp217

        By Yvonne's, do you mean the soul food place? If so, that's not a BBQ spot. OK soul food, but it is not a Daisy Mae's or Blue Smoke etc.

        1. re: Ora

          I'm aware it's a Southern Restaurant, but they have BBQ Ribs, Chicken, and Pulled Pork. Last time I checked those were considered BBQ. Honestly, I've been to a few BBQ joints, but the best pulled pork and the best BBQ ribs I have ever had were not at BBQ joints.

          1. re: jhopp217

            Yes--it's oven BBQ.

        2. re: jhopp217

          The sauce that Q infuses with its pulled pork and chopped brisket is ridiculously sweet like candy. really bad stuff!!! but they do run a really great bread place down the street called the kneaded bread. that's the place to go.

          1. re: jhopp217

            Have you been to Yvonne's for their Sunday brunch?

          2. Big W in Wingdale, Dutchess County

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            1. re: martyl9

              marty has nailed it...big w is wonderful

            2. Take a trip up to Croton for Memphis Mae's. Worth the trip.

              Great meats, great sides.

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              1. re: Elisa515

                take it from a kcbs certified bbq judge, we're 10 minutes away and its not worth the trip for us.

                1. re: vinouspleasure

                  Then where does a KCBS certified bbq judge eat barbecue out? What places are "worth it"?

                  1. re: ELerner

                    The closest place is ned and buzz in richmond, va, which defies the mostly correct adage that there is no good bbq north of North Carolina.

                    Big W's in wingdale is "good for ny". Holy smoke in mahopac is good for...I guess northern westchester.

                    I had very good brisket from Hill Country in chelsea during the big apple bbq, it's on my list of places to try in the city.

                2. re: Elisa515

                  Not a fan of memphis mae's.

                3. Big W's is definitely the place to go. Not really close at all if you are in Southern Westchester. I drove for 50 minutes to get there and it was definitely worth it. I even love their unique take on BBQ sauce, it is kind of like a vinegary hoisin sauce.

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                  1. re: randomdude

                    It's not a father's day place, but for mostly take out or sit down (in a vibe that resembles McDonalds) the BBQ Rib House in Fleetwood is good. At least everything is usually falling off the bone tender and not too sweet. I usually order pork ribs and jerk chicken (with Mac and Cheese).

                    I am no BBQ Aficionado, but I hate sweet sweet sauces (like the type you find in the Supermarket takeout counter...BLECH!)

                    1. re: jcmods

                      falling off the bone is a sign of steamed, baked faux bbq. real bbq has a bit of firmness to it and big smoke flavor, with little to no sauce.

                  2. jbs bbq 3867 Danbury rd., Rte.6, Brewster,NY

                    The ribs are in east nc style. Slight vinegar taste to sauce. The sides were just o.k. we've been back to give them another try and they have improved though the mac and cheese was too salty. We ordered a rack of ribs, pulled pork and the fried fish. The pulled pork has always been good. Very tender w/ a lot of flavor. The ribs have a nice smoke ring on them and when you bite into them you get that nice tender chew not the fall off the bone craziness people think is bbq. The fish is whiting and had a nice crunch. The place has a southern shack interior feel, picnic tables and a few small tables. The owners are friendly. When they saw I didn't like the mac and cheese they gave me another side and threw in some hushpuppies ( I love hushpuppies, so I was o.k. with that) We drove up from Fleetwood and didn't feel it was a waste of time. It's hit or miss in westchester for bbq.

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                    1. re: dee4

                      Not nc style ribs but *east* nc style ribs? Very impressive but there's no such thing (though I'd love to be proved wrong). NC is known for pulled and chopped pork with either a vinegar/pepper sauce (east) or a vinegar/tomato. There is no nc rib style.

                      <you get that nice tender chew not the fall off the bone craziness people think is bbq>

                      spot-on comment, great review, if we get to that side of the county we'll give it a try. Are they cooking over wood?