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Jul 29, 2013 04:13 AM


Can anyone recommend a great barbecue place? ( Burbs or Philly )

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  1. Fette Sau (fishtown), sweet Lucy's (northeast Philly)

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      1. re: barryg

        Found ALL the food at Fette Sau, which l loved in Brooklyn, to be barely luke warm, a death knell for me.
        Sweet Lucy's was OK, but certainly not awesome.

        Will have to try Blue Belly when back in Phila.

        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          Deluca what time of day did you go? I did remember seeing a lot of heat lamps. I had some very good (not on the menu yet) burnt ends there that they are considering adding to the menu. And the house made pickles are very good. Brisket was good but a bit fatty for me, and I didnt like their tomato based sauce (didnt try the vinegar based sauce as I did not have any pork.)

          I am curious if your concern about temperature is more likely to happen later during the day?

          1. re: cwdonald

            I had the fattiest most disgusting brisket at Fette Sau but I went the first weekend when they opened. But I hear some people like it that way. And the other stuff I tried there (ribs, beans, pork) were all mediocre.

            I found Sweet Lucy's to be just OK too.

            Percy Street used to be much better. Their most recent menu really leaves BBQ afficonados in the lurch.

            Thank God for Blue Belly!

            1. re: bluehensfan

              That's a shame, I've been to Fette Sau twice and found their brisket, ribs and pulled pork to be all top notch. Not to mention that on a few separate occasions each bartender has managed to throw together a phenomenal Sazerac for me. Good luck with that at any other BBQ place!

            2. re: cwdonald

              Were there right at opening with 6 people, chicken was hot, but l didn't have chicken.

        2. Great bbq above the Mason Dixon line is hard to find.

          Four very good bbq places in Philadelphia proper are

          Fette Sau (Fishtown)
          Percys (Old City)
          Sweet Lucys (NE Philly) Sweet Lucys does a bbq buffet that is AYCE on Mondays.
          Blue Belly (Have not been here, but some on the board think its the best bbq in the city right now... )

          Bubba's Texas BBQ also in fishtown is liked by some. The owner just landed a show on Foodnetwork.

          Depending on how far you are willing to travel in the burbs there are quite a few options. Are you looking for ribs, pork, chicken, brisket, sausage, burnt ends?

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          1. re: cwdonald

            Bubba left Bubbas when he got the show. I love their wings and I like the place as a bar, but I tried the BBQ once and it was weak. Their sandwiches sound like they might be good but I just keep getting the wings.

            1. re: cwdonald

              Please list the burbs options just in case I've missed one cw.

              1. re: cwdonald

                CW, your first sentence nails it! Had the good fortune( good fortune?) to be transfered to North Carolina for a couple of years and found some great BBQ in that area although I am not a big fan of the vinegar based sauce the dry rub offerings with self selected sauces were often great! Nothing that I have ever had "up north" comes close.

                1. re: Bacchus101

                  Yes they know something south and west that we here don't. I don't eat BBQ but my family and friends are BBQ lovers and they say Tex, Tenn and the Carolinas do it best!

                  1. re: Bacchus101

                    Oh my gosh Bacchus, I lived in Raleigh for a coupla years and I hated the NC bbq sandwich on a bun with slaw the first time I tried it. But my friend kept ordering and I kept trying it and now what I wouldn't do for a real NC bbq sandwich. I don't even want to think about the pig pickin' I attended. /swoon
                    I also have lived in various sections of the Miami area and Gainesville FL. Gainesville great bbq Miami area not so much. There was this shack that served bbq goat sandwiches and not much else in Gainesville. Yum yum.

                    1. re: givemecarbs

                      They do love there BBQ in Raleigh. I also became "educated" to the NC BBQ although not a first choice for me. Never spent much time in Memphis but enough to visit a few of the "biggies" in the ongoing BBQ battle in that city. Damn I loved them all. Not really sure of the names of the types but who cares when one is chomping one down. Never been to a pig pickin but I can envision it clearly. The local feeding frenzy which I found bizarre was a fish fry at a cabin/restaurant in a country grove. UGH!

                  2. re: cwdonald

                    Jim's in Frazer
                    Phamous Phil's in Evansburg

                    1. re: Chefmonty

                      Phamous Phils is the best we've found in the area. We're headed to NC in April for the Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary extravaganza and plan on eating lots of good BBQ! Can't wait. :)

                    2. re: cwdonald

                      Just FYI, Percy Street is on South Street. Old City's local BBQ source is Khyber Pass Pub.

                      1. re: gina

                        Does Kyber smoke in-house? I've enjoyed their fried chicken, but I make it a personal rule never to order barbecue at a place that does not have a stack of wood on premises...

                        1. re: MainLiner

                 be quite honest, I don't think I've ever noticed stacks of wood at any BBQ joint I've ever been to! Too busy looking at my food, I guess. Lol

                          I live on the street behind Khyber, and haven't noticed wood being delivered or smelled wood smoke. This doesn't necessarily mean anything, though. I was told that the former Q around the corner from Khyber did in fact have a smoker, but again, never saw or smelled wood.

                          So, to answer your question, I don't know for sure. I feel like I heard at some point that they did, but can't confirm.

                          1. re: gina

                            I can't recall if the Tequila BBQ around the corner had a smoker or not. I know The Fogo de Chao was forced to use gas. Most of the Fogos I have visited have been out West, and standalone, so they cooked over wood. Huge difference. There must be ordinances in Philly about live fire... Blue Smoke in Battery Park, NY built a 40 foot smoke stack...

                            1. re: MainLiner

                              Q which was the former Philly Fish Co definitely had a smoker. Have no idea about Khyber, but to be honest, the food that attracts me there these days is the N'Orleans style food rather than the 'cue.

                              1. re: cwdonald

                                The residents of the Academy House clearly knew that the Smoked Joint had a smoker :)

                      1. re: waking1

                        +1 for Zachary's! The whole BBQ chicken is heavenly!!! And nice, homemade sides.

                      2. A bit of a drive, but there is Henri's Hotts in South Jersey...


                        1. I've been looking for some awesome beef ribs. Does anyone do those anymore?

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                          1. re: Misha

                            You might try fette sau. I didnt have them but the person i dined with last time I was there had them. They are quite big, almost resembling something out of the Flintstones.


                            1. re: cwdonald

                              Will do; thanks. And yep, lol. Heard they're sometimes called Dinosaur bones. REAL glad they're not extinct.

                              And darn. I'm busy this Sunday, too, but will keep an eye out for 2014. Sounds like a great time for a worthy cause.

                              1. re: Misha

                                Some of the meat selection rotates at FS. Not sure if the website is kept up to date about current selections.

                                If you think beef ribs are big you should try bison ribs. I had some of these out in Wyoming.

                                1. re: barryg

                                  I think I had boar ribs years ago at the Half Moon in Kennett...

                            2. re: Misha

                              Beef ribs are pretty hard to find in most BBQ joints. Not sure why.

                              1. re: MainLiner

                                The southwest is where one will most often find BBQ Beef ribs. A staple at Texas BBQs. In the south it is most often PIG.

                                1. re: Bacchus101

                                  Very true, and if you want to try something really different mutton bbq is very good. Owensboro, KY is the mecca for it. I have found lamb ribs on the menu at places like Fiorella Jack's Stack and Gates BBQ in Kansas City.

                                  With regard to Beef ribs in the Philadelphia area, Fette Sau definitely has had them. BarryG pointed out they may not be on the menu all the time.

                                  1. re: cwdonald

                                    Used to take a trip to Owensboro every couple of years, mutton is so my favorite.