BBQ Joints 2015

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Us Northerners need to bone up on our barbecue facts. First off, a barbecue isn’t just a get-together. It’s a distinct way of cooking. Not to be confused with grilling — which is cooking over direct heat on a hot fire — barbecue is another animal entirely, involving indirect heat and a long cooking time, using wood smoke for a layer of flavor. You’ll know it’s true barbecue when you see that pink smoke ring develop along the outside of the meat and around the bone.

The second thing you must know (and this is a little bit of a touchy subject) is that, for many people, barbecue isn’t just food — it’s a religion. The holy trinity? Brisket, ribs, and pulled pork. Purists will spend hours arguing North Carolina style versus Kansas City versus Texas. Happily, there isn’t just one true way. Even better, you can taste it all without taking a road trip down South. This low-and-slow, unhurried style has finally drifted into the Valley, part of a national trend sparked by tastemakers like Bobby Flay and Danny Meyer, who have opened their own barbecue tribute restaurants. All over the country, pitmasters (those keepers of the flame) are vying in competitions, such as our own homegrown Rib Fest this month in New Paltz (www.hudsonvalleyribfest.org). Here’s a guide to the region’s greatest barbecue, with more places heating up and popping onto the radar every day.


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American Glory

One of our featured barbecue joints in Columbia and Greene Counties

Bailey’s Smokehouse

One of our featured barbecue joints in Rockland County

Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Q

One of our featured barbecue joints in Dutchess County

Billy Bob’s BBQ

One of our featured barbecue joints in Dutchess County

Billy Joe’s Ribworks

One of our featured barbecue joints in Orange County

Brian’s Backyard BBQ

One of our featured barbecue joints in Orange County

Brothers Barbecue

One of our featured barbecue joints in Orange County

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

One of our featured barbecue joints in Rensselaer County

Elsie’s Place

One of our featured barbecue joints in Ulster County

Fireside BBQ and Grill

One of our featured barbecue joints in Dutchess County

Hickory BBQ Smokehouse

One of our featured barbecue joints in Ulster County

Holy Smoke

One of our featured barbecue joints in Putnam and Westchester Counties

Max’s Memphis BBQ

One of our featured barbecue joints in Dutchess County

Round Up Texas BBQ and Tumbleweed Saloon

One of our featured barbecue joints in Putnam County

’Cue

One of our featured barbecue joints in Ulster County

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