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Are there any bbq places in queens that are good?

janie Aug 7, 2011 08:16 PM

Love swingbelly's in Long Beach, are there any good bbq in queens, --besides of course, the awful the awful dallas bbq at Rego Park center..thanks for some current info..it seems as pearsons and smokey's don't exist anymore?

Dallas BBQ
61-35 Junction Blvd, Queens, NY 11374

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    Mr Porkchop Aug 8, 2011 05:13 AM

    This just opened: http://www.ediblecommunities.com/quee...

    John Brown Smokehouse
    25-08 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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    1. re: Mr Porkchop
      ChiefHDB Aug 8, 2011 05:17 AM

      Legends in Jackson Heights isn't bad.

      The Ranger Texas Barbecue
      71-04 35th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

      1. re: ChiefHDB
        missmasala Aug 8, 2011 12:20 PM

        I second that--legends isn't bad. Not great, but not bad. I think legend's is the descendant of pearson's. I think the guy who ran pearson's first moved his operation in legends a while back, but now it's run by other people.

        1. re: missmasala
          Pookipichu Aug 8, 2011 12:25 PM

          I felt that Pearson's lost its mojo when it left its original digs. I tried it both in its second location and the manhattan location and it was never as good as before.

      2. re: Mr Porkchop
        GaryLovesFood Aug 17, 2011 09:51 AM

        John Brown Smokehouse has much upside and is already a must-visit. Pork items seem to be the specialty, especially the ribs, rib tips and shoulder. A dozen photos and much commentary here: http://www.pigtrip.net/preview-JBSH.htm

        John Brown Smokehouse
        25-08 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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        BigV Aug 17, 2011 03:27 PM

        John Brown Smokehouse was solid the first time I went- give it a shot.

        John Brown Smokehouse
        25-08 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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        1. re: BigV
          janie Aug 17, 2011 08:50 PM

          a friend of mine went recently, and said the food was good also, and place was a dump, in an odd location--though--

          1. re: janie
            jonross Sep 30, 2011 06:56 PM

            Actually John Brown is NOT a dump but rather a low key kinda place down here in LIC on 37th Ave. Some might call the location odd if you're not used to this neck of the Dutch KIlls woods but they do a heck of a business from the 2 firehouses nearby as well as the 108th and the sanitation depot that's a few blocks away. Then they also get the livery drivers from UTOG and teachers from the school across the street.
            Let's talk about the food. Pulled pork is top notch. Probably the best in NYC. The burnt ends are freaking addictive, like meat candy should be. They recently started making pastrami which is out of this world awesomeness. In fact everything at John Brown is great. And if you like cole slaw try theirs, it's different, not your usual NY mayonnaise based sweetness but it has jalapeno and vinegar. They also make their own BBQ sauce which is finger lickin' good. Try it, you won't be disappointed. Just don't let the secret get out.

            John Brown Smokehouse
            25-08 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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              MarcInSunnysideGardens Oct 12, 2011 06:05 AM

              Just wanted to bump this up and echo jonross. John Brown Smokehouse is legit. Burnt ends were particularly excellent last week; this has to easily be the borough's best BBQ. The location is sort of off the beaten path, but it's super easy to get to if you've got a car and are anywhere near Northern Boulevard on the west side of Queens--I drove there from Sunnyside in about 7 minutes. If you like BBQ and live in Astoria/LIC/Sunnyside/Woodside etc, this place is well-worth your support.

              John Brown Smokehouse
              25-08 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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          Mr Porkchop Feb 14, 2012 01:11 PM

          In addition to John Brown's Smokehouse, there's now Butcher Bar in Astoria serving BBQ. If I'm not mistaken both have now been written up by Dave Cook in the Times. For the next Times article, perhaps it's worth asking, is BBQ now NYC's biggest harbinger of gentrefication?

          I've tried both these places now. Both have been seamless orders, so you can discount that as you like, but I'm of the opinion that BBQ should be able to travel across Astoria (if not a couple hours in backroads Texas).

          For my money, deciding between the two, I'd bet on Brown. I tried the ribs, which were good, but the burnt ends might have been the best bite of BBQ I've had in NYC. I know a guy who knows the guy who runs this place, and I suppose quality BBQ should be expected from his Kansas City by way of Austin by way of Hill Country (Chelsea) pedigree. Too bad it's a bit in the boonies so it doesn't seem like a beer and BBQ destination I'd go with a group for dinner, but maybe some someday they'll expand it out into such. I also had the mac n' cheese, which I recall being quite tasty.

          Butcher Bar I was less impressed by. I got the half and half sandwich, half brisket and half pulled pork. I thought $10.99 was a little expensive for a half and half that wasn't coming from a lady of the night. Along with yet another side of mac n' cheese, it seemed I spent a lot on something that wasn't terribly filling. But then, when I eat BBQ I do so to the point of immobility. I thought the brisket was quite good, but the pork was just not right. It was tough and stringy and not terribly recognizable as BBQ pulled pork. It was more like a chewy, ropey pork version of Mexican chicken tinga, in a bad way. I was expecting more since I understand the chef to be from Austin... but maybe that explains why the pork wasn't in his wheelhouse.

          As for the "accoutrement", the roll on the sandwich was a bit dense and dry too. I did like the little cup of standard coldslaw and pickle. As for the mac and cheese, it was more like shells and cheese. It literally was shells, and had a that creamy Kraft-like consistancy, though with whiter cheese. It was actually fine and tasty, but not what I was expecting.

          John Brown Smokehouse
          25-08 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

          Butcher Bar
          37-08 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11103

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          1. re: Mr Porkchop
            queenseats Feb 14, 2012 02:47 PM

            Another vote for John Brown Smokehouse. I'm not a huge BBQ fan but I was really blown over by this place. No ambiance to speak of, but the food is incredibly tasty. Everything we had was great, particularly the burnt ends.

            Per my husband, who is from the midwest and whom I consider an "expert" in BBQ: "this is the best BBQ I've ever had." He also attested to the environment seeming straight out of Kansas City -- divey but who goes there for anything other than the food. We also liked Butcher Bar but upon comparison, John Brown is the clear winner. Though I'm glad to see these sorts of businesses that really care about the quality and source of their food thriving in Astoria. I was actually quite charmed by the off-the-beaten-path location of John Brown -- it feels like a well guarded secret. If it was in the middle of a more populated strip, the place would be mobbed. Though it sounds like they're doing well, as their Facebook posts often warn of things selling out quickly.

            John Brown Smokehouse
            25-08 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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