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Jan 29, 2010 05:07 AM

Authentic barbecue on Long Island

just moved to Syosset and am looking for authentic barbecue, someplace i can see a smoke ring in the meat and get my fingers dirty on some sauce. any suggestions?

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    1. Good luck with that. Authentic, smokey bbq on LI has become something of an oxymoron, sadly. :-(

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      1. re: mcf

        I picked up some pretty good takeout from Burke's Bar-B-Que Barn (2092 Grand Avenue, Baldwin, 516-442-0909). Chicken was excellent. Ribs a little overdone but tasty, brisket OK, pulled pork not too smoky-tasting. I do think they are serious about BBQ and perhaps lunch wasn't the best time to sample. Has anyone else been there? Motoeric?

        1. re: EZ Pass

          Let's observe a moment of silence for the brevity of this thread, the dearth of enthusiastic responses and the state of Lawn Guyland bbq. <*sigh*>

          1. re: mcf

            I was thinking the same thing. Is there anything we can do attract more LI posters? It's humiliating to be outdone by Westchester, et. al.

            1. re: EZ Pass

              I was referring to the lack of good barbecue, not posters! But it would be nice if more of the NYS not NYC boards were LI related, yes.

              1. re: EZ Pass

                I remember the good old days, when you could graze here daily for numerous Long Island chowish go-to gems. Where'd everyone go? Westchester?!

                1. re: kelvin8r

                  I know what you mean. I think with the economy, not many new places opening on LI. There are still places to discover tucked away in Hicksville, Brentwood, etc.., but the not much interesting elsewhere that hasn't been posted about already.

            2. re: EZ Pass

              I also had takeout from Burke's on Saturday night. I loved the brisket and sweet potato fries. My dining companions had ribs and pulled pork. We liked everything with the exception of the mac and cheese which was cold and very bland.

          2. you might want to try smokin al's. also second's bbq in amityville on 110 - that's like soul food though.

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            1. re: Jeffsayyes

              Tell us more about the smoke at second's? There's been a lot written about Al's, kinda mixed. Tell us more about the food and smoke at second's?

              1. re: mcf


                Okay, so Second's looks like it's worth a trip. The directory for LI bbq link posted above to welcome the OP to the area and help them find some q.

                1. re: mcf

                  I'm not sure it's smoked at seconds.
                  it's real homey though.

                  1. re: Jeffsayyes

                    If it ain't smoke, it ain't bbq. :-) Reviews say their meats are smokey.

                    1. re: Jeffsayyes

                      They definitely have a smoker out back. They say they smoke the meat then finish on the grill just before serving.

                2. from syosset your going to have to make the 45+ minute trip to Swingbelly's in Long Beach. I've said it on here before, but its the best by far I've had in LI. Pigtrip thinks its the best in LI too.

                  1. Welcome to LI . . . there's a Smokin Al's in Massapequa which we've gone to a couple of times that we liked.

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                    1. re: Pequagirl

                      been to Smokin Al's - i wasn't overly impressed. hit Harbor Q this past weekend. not bad at all. my in-laws are near Long Beach, but i thought that Swingbelly's closed?

                      1. re: quayfisher

                        unfortunatly i don't get down to Swingbelly's as much as I would like as i currently live in Oyster Bay, but according to their website, as recently as Jan 20th they were having a bourbon tasting. I really hope they aren't closed, as I love it there. I can't imagine that it is closed because every time i've been there the place has been packed.