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Mar 28, 2014 05:12 AM

Hometown Bar-B-Que Red Hook

I did a search on this board for this place and it turned up nothing. I would appreciate any comments anyone has to offer on it.


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  1. I went once about two months ago and I enjoyed it. It's hard to recollect the particulars but I remember preferring the ribs and brisket over the pulled pork which looked like it's held in some kind of cooking liquid to give it moisture. The mac-n-cheese is a cheesy gut bomb if you are into that. I like the space which is divided into two rooms and quite sizeable. Went on a Sat. afternoon and it was mostly parents with toddlers, not that there is anything wrong with that. I think at night they are doing live music. It's very similar in style, price and quality to Fletcher's & Morgan's and worthy of a visit. Personally, I am grateful for all the new bbq options, will be interesting to see which ones stand the test of time once the whole craze has died down.

    1. I was not excited by it. Prices were sky high ( I am spoiled by annual trips to Lockhart) and quality was just ok.

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        1. re: psnative

          I have not tried enough of the Brooklyn places that have recently opened. When Hill Country opened its Manhattan location a few years back, I thought that they were really on the right track- unfortunately, save the brisket ( and that is my least favorite menu item when it comes to bbq), its no longer on my list. I don't tend to be such a downer on my praise in most categories.

          1. re: carfreeinla

            Not much info here and since we can't all go to Texas for BBQ we'll have to make due with what we have in NY.

            1. re: psnative

              Agreed. You asked so I answered. Thankfully I have many places left to try that hopefully will compare. Isn't that why we are on this site?

              1. re: carfreeinla

                I came off snarky. I apologize. Please keep us posted if you discover some nice NY BBQ

            2. re: carfreeinla

              I recently visited the Brooklyn Hill Country and had the juicy brisket. And boy, it was fatty brisket - I mean a half-pound piece was half fat if not more, with one of the three pieces the cut broke into being entirely fat. - though absolutely delicious.. I felt this was a little over the top though Ill say it again, absolutely delicious.

              I also wish for more moderate prices on sides in these places

              1. re: jen kalb

                50% (exterior) fat is unacceptable at $25/lb.

                1. re: tex.s.toast

                  Yes. I wound up eating the whole portion - I had planned to save some for husband, but there just was not quite enough meat for a saveable serving. At that price there should have been enough to share....Not sayin' this is always the case however.

                2. re: jen kalb

                  I have the same complaint about the burnt ends at Fletchers. Mostly fat. However, my brother and husband love them.

          2. I liked it and I've been around the BBQ block a few times. Perfect place to grub after shopping at IKEA nearby. The beef rib was stellar and a little less expensive than what you'd pay at Mighty Quinn's for similar quality. Definitely get it. Pork ribs, brisket, and pulled pork were solid. Where they were weak was with the sides, but that's a secondary concern at a BBQ joint I guess. They have special sausages and things like lamb belly that they change up from day to day. Great beer selection too. And to top it off it's a really welcoming staff and a funky spacious place---like an indoor beer garden vibe. If I'm ever out that way I'd happily go back.

            1. we have been 3 times now - important to know that they recently changed their ribs. their main pork rib is now done 'jerk style' - and I was worried that it would be too spicy but it's just a little bit of heat. and I think it was a great change. they are also featuring a big beef rib. I really like the place - like the food - LOVE the coleslaw which is second only to fletcher's cole slaw. don't like either hometown or fletcher's mac and cheese - and prefer fletchers for cornbread. but you can relax more and have a meal out more than at fletcher's where you are seated community style and it's a little squishier.

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              1. re: redgirl

                The place itself has a great location, good for a scenic walk before or after dinner.
                They have a few items I haven't seen elsewhere i.e. lamb belly, pastrami bacon, jerk ribs.
                They were sold out of lamb belly when I was there. They sell it by the 1/2 lb , like all their meat or on Banh mi sandwich.
                The pulled pork was OK, it wasn't great but it was not bad. The brisket, 2nd cut / juicy was amazing. Tender, succulent, different than other places. They seem to use a rub , reminiscent of pastrami seasoning. It is better than the brisket at Fette Sau, Hill Country, Mighty Quinn.IMO. A pound of it , I think was about 7 thick slices.
                The mac n cheese was not bad. The potato salad very tasty. The collard greens I thought were weak. The slaw was good. The corn bread was dense and honey coated. One piece could be cut in two. The back room had a bandstand, I guess they have live music sometimes.
                Excellent BBQ, even compared to BBQ that I had in Texas .

                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  As I mentioned in an earlier post, it is all about the brisket @ Hometown-and it is good to hear others concur. I agree that the pulled pork is just "okay..." but the sauces in the squeeze bottle, which are quite good, help elevate it. The ribs that I have had have good flavor but do not fall off the bone. Am a fan of the mac & cheese--which if memory serves, is kicked up with some sort of creamy, spicy rotel / velveeta combo though perhaps that has changed. The potato salad is also very good--The bummer is that every time I have eaten here, they are out of lamb belly--Every time.

                  1. re: brooklynsabra

                    I am anxious to try that lamb belly. I think I will call first, and see if they have it. I will call early so they can't say "we are out of it", they would have to say " we didn't make it today". They made it sound like it sold out. I asked if it was good, and they said " yes, that's why it sold out so fast", I'll report back if I get to taste it.

                    1. re: foodwhisperer

                      yes it is so good. a match for the brisket in tastiness. I went on a recent Saturday afternoon and they had it. get some of their sticky sauce. The pulled pork was bland, the slaw was fresh but nothing special, the cornbread looked heavy and overly moist (I did not order) the beans were way too sweet(seemed like with a big dosage of the sticky sauce, same flavor).

                      but go for the brisket nnd the lamb. I want to get back to try the beef rib and the jerk ribs as well.

                      1. re: jen kalb

                        I went today a little bit before 5 p.m. and they were slammed all day, evidently. It took about an hour to get to the head of the line (with only two employees on the other side of the counter). By the time we got to the front of the line, they were sold out of spare ribs, and we were among the last to get brisket.

                        We ordered the lamb belly bahn mi and the brisket and the bahn mi was the star. The bread was outstanding and the vinegar in the dressing cut the fat effectively. I wasn't equally enthusiastic about the brisket. It was cooked perfectly, less well done than most briskets in NYC, but the edge with the pepper was dominated by the spice, and yet the flavor of the rub had barely penetrated the rest of the meat.

                        Is the lack of sufficient staff a constant problem?

              2. Finally made it last night. Went early 5:30 and they were out of the jerk wings already. That's ok since the replacement beef rib was by far the highlight and the only highlight actually. Juicy, succulent, good flavor but not quite Mighty Quinn level. The Brisket was fairly dry and flavorless. Sriracha wings were ok.. plenty of sweet and sneaky spicy notes, but wouldn't order again.