Need good, crusty BEEF RIBS in North Jersey and/or Hudson Valley
As a fellow BBQ lover, Midwesterner, and former Texan, I can 100% recommend the que at Fette Sau in Brooklyn, especially the pork cheeks (damn near best thing I've eaten all year pig-wise) and the beef brisket that was melt-in-your-mouth with a very clear, bright pink smoke line.
Beat a path out there for the best que I've had on the East Coast.
As a former Austinite myself, I had a terrible craving for the best beef in the world (Louie Muellers in Taylor) when I left there.
The only place that meets (no pun intended) my needs is Hill Country, in NYC. Sure, it's expensive, sure it's not perfect, but it's cheaper than either having a complete dinner airfreighted to my home or airfreighting my butt to Texas.
There is nothing else around that comes close to the real thing, and I've tried them all and been disappointed everytime.
I've resisted making any suggestions to this thread, mostly because there really isn't any good barbecue that comes to mind.. Some like Bailey's in Blauvelt, but I am not a fan of Fink's style and I do not know if Bailey's even offers Beef Ribs.
I can say I have had the Beef Ribs at The Cheesecake Factory. This isn't necessarily a recommendation, but to let you know you have the option if all else fails. The BR's weren't great, but they weren't bad by any means. They are not in anyway Fred Flintstone sized large.
Here may be some sleeper suggestions/options.....
go through the lincoln tunnel into manhattan and on the west side at 46th and 11th you can get great beef ribs at Daisy May's BBQ - then go back into the tunnel and back north on the turnpike then back to the Garden State Parkway to the Thruway. Its a slight detour but you can get great beef ribs there.