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The Best BBQ Restaurants in NYC for Smoked Meat

The Best BBQ Restaurants in NYC for Smoked Meat

New York is one of the best cities in the world for food. The city is home to numerous high-end restaurants, many of which are world-renowned. The range of choice on offer is enough for you to choose a different restaurant every night and never have to revisit the same place twice. Needless to say, among the many award-winning restaurants that are littered throughout New York City, there are plenty of places that serve up premium meat. 

If you want to experience smoked meats on demand, you will need to invest in the best electric smoker. Even with your own smoker, smoked meat is a hard thing to get right, but anyone who has eaten perfectly prepared smoked meats can testify just how delicious they are. The following BBQ restaurants in New York City all offer their customers some of the best smoked meats you’ll be able to find in a city that is overflowing with excellent food.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Located on the Harlem shoreline, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is one of New York’s hidden gems. With a price range of around $20-25 per person, the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is excellent value. The food is, as you would hope, absolutely delicious. The range of meats on offer is sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate.

The Dinosaur offers take-out options, which are perfect for a night in with a friend or spouse. However, if you do make your way down to the restaurant (make a reservation to avoid disappointment), you will have one of the finest dining experiences a smoked meat lover could ask for. 

Hometown Bar-B-Que

Located in Brooklyn, the Hometown Bar-B-Que offers a great BBQ experience, along with some of the best sandwiches in New York – which is saying something! The restaurant is located at the very end of Van Brunt St, near to the shoreline.

As well as plenty to whet your appetite if you want to sit down and take your time, Hometown also offers an array of quick bites and examples of local cuisine that set it apart from other local places. The smoked meat is fantastic, whatever form you have it in, but we would especially recommend the ribs and the house sausage.

Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque

On 2nd Avenue, just around the corner from the Merchant’s House Museum, Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque serves up some of the most delicious naturally-raised slow smoked meats. Their brisket, slow smoked for 22 hours prior to being hand carved, is an absolute must-try for any smoked meat lover in New York.

The highlight of Mighty Quin’s menu has got to be the Brontosaurus Rib, which more than lives up to the name. There’s almost a full pound of meat here (which we accept is not a full brontosaurus worth!) served up with slaw and assorted vegetables.

Jongro BBQ

BBQs are enjoyed throughout the world, but there are a few countries that are notable for incorporating the barbecue into their cuisines – Australia, the USA, and Korea. And, many people would argue that it is Korea who have perfected the art of cooking barbecue food. If you want to understand exactly what it is that the Koreans are doing so much better than everyone else, Jongro BBQ is the perfect demonstration.

You truly don’t know just how good a barbecue can be until you have sampled authentic Korean BBQ. Jongro is a huge restaurant, and even when it’s packed it still feels spacious and never claustrophobic. The atmosphere complements the food perfectly, and a menu full of tasty tender smoked meats ensures that everyone is having a good time.

Baekjeong NYC

Another Korean BBQ joint, this one is located over the street from the Empire State Building. This is a prime piece of real estate in the heart of New York. Cooking your own Korean BBQ food is notoriously difficult to do properly. Anyone can BBQ, but few people can pull together the range of tastes that come together in a properly prepared Korean BBQ dish.

We would recommend making reservations instead of just stopping by, as this place gets very busy – hardly surprising given its location. We would recommend trying out the signature dishes, all of which are absolutely fantastic. However, don’t be afraid to experiment – everything here is great.

Properly cooked smoked meat, made with the best quality premium meats, is a culinary experience unlike any other. If you like meat, but have never tried smoked meat, then you really owe it to yourself. Take a trip to any of the restaurants on this list and you won’t be able to buy your own barbecue and smoker fast enough. 

There are a lot of restaurants in New York City, so picking out the true gems can be difficult. However, we’re confident that whether you are new to a smoked meat BBQ or you’re already an aficionado, these restaurants are guaranteed to impress.

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