Maple Tree BBQ in Riverhead, Long Island...the real deal
Stopped at Maple Tree BBQ today after reading about it on another thread....AMAZING BBQ. I have driven by this place dozens of times, and now regret all those missed opportunities to 'pig out'!
I think this is the Holy Grail of barbecue here on Long Island; I write this as I keep picking on my takeout order of barbecued beans- a mix of at least three different beans lightly bound together with bits of brisket and other very good things with a touch of sauce.
The counterman/son of the owner was obviously proud of their food and gave us first-timers samples of the moist brisket, home made pastrami, pulled pork, smoked chicken chili and smoked chicken wings.....all so good we couldn't decide and bought them all. The brisket and beans are now gone, and everything else is hidden in the back of the fridge in a futile attempt to save some for another day. Also bought a wonderful turkey vegetable soup to have with a salad to balance out our diet. The takeout order included two half pint tubs of their own white horseradish and sweet/sour red sauces, both really, really good, but next time I will also ask for the spicier red we sampled at the counter. More importantly, next time we will try one of the sandwiches with very intriguing ingredients- pesto brisket? Fig sauce? Crushed potatoes? All in the most unassuming setting ever.....