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Hey everyone:
So what's the best barbecue in the lower Hudson Valley?
We driving to Westchester and New Paltz to organize a wedding tomorrow. We'd like a catered BBQ event, and we hope to try a restaurant this weekend to get a taste.

Chowhounders, what's your favorite place?
Barnstormer?
Hickory?
Max's?
Others?

Thanks!!

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  1. Well I can tell you one place that it's NOT, I went to Q not long ago in Mt. Kisco and the ribs were practically raw. They were really bad, it's to bad because I had gone to Q in Portchester about 2 years ago and the ribs were not bad (not great, but good). Westchester magazine crowned Memphis Maes in Croton on Hudson as having the best ribs (914-271-0125), I suppose they could be the best seeing that Westchester doesn't have alot to offer with rib places, I've had their ribs,they're good but I've had better. The best pork honor went to Bob-B-Q's in Shrub Oak (914-214-8239), I've never had their ribs so I can't comment. There is also a place in Mahopac that I've heard has good ribs, can't think of the name of it but maybe if you google rib place in Mahopac you will get some results. Or maybe someone on the boards will know the name of the place. If I find it I'll post back later. good luck

    1. Per my earlier posting, and those of several others, I think Hickory has the best Barbecue in the area. I can also attest having been - and posted - about a wedding I attended that they catered - they did a great job and everyone raved about the food. They provided staff, bar the works. I don't believe Max's -who also has pretty good cue- does that stuff but I could be wrong.

      1. There's also Holy Smoke BBQ in Mahopac. Westchester Magazine did not cover them because they're just over the border in Putnam.

        1. I like Max's, but as other poster said- Don't know if they do weddings. Great for the meal though!

          1. While not a restaurant they had a loyal chow following when they did roadside bbq. A great comprehensive website allsmokedup.com

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            1. re: chowdom

              There is Big W in Wingdale - a bit of a schlep, though

              http://www.pigtrip.net/review-BigW.htm

              1. re: wincountrygirl

                I love, love, love, Big W, but wasn't sure if he would or could cater a wedding.

            2. I checked out big w's website, they do in fact cater weddings. Aside from the fact that the food is great ( my favorite in NYS) I couldn't think of a nicer person than Warren to deal with. I would check them out for sure.

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              1. re: chowdom

                I agree with chowdon!

                1. re: rkaene

                  I agree with rkaene!!!

              2. Big W - that's the place to be. You will not be disappointed!

                1. Thanks for your tips everyone. I will check out Big W's. We were at Hickory this weekend and it was pretty good. Not knock-your-socks-off- amazing, but we'd be happy if they did our wedding since they seem very professional and experienced at catering.

                  1. if you want excellent bbq, i'd hire Mo Gridder. They are in the Bronx, but cater. The location is unconventional, but the food is amazing for this part of the country. Good write up in the Times. Featured on Diners Dives on Food TV. NY Mag said this about the ribs, Barbecued pork ribs get four hours of smoke and a smear of tangy sauce.

                    "They are delightfully moist yet firm, and rightly put up a little fight when the bones are pulled" .although they did not like the brisket. I did not have brisket. Only ribs and pulled pork.

                    http://www.mogridder.com/CATERING.php

                    I found Q o.k., but not impressive.

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                    1. re: jwg

                      Thanks! Will check out Mo Gridder!

                      1. re: jwg

                        I've had pretty much everything on Mo Gridder's menu. The ribs are by far the best item on the menu. I usually order a rack or 2 to go and slather the tasty sauce all over. I'm ot a sauce person but Mo's sauce is finger licking good.