Now that Memorial weekend has kicked off the summer season, what food comes to mind when you think about beautiful summer days spent drinking iced cold beverages while soaking up the sun? Barbecue! Want fall-off-the-bone, tender, slow-smoked meats without the hassle of the grill? Here’s are seven places doing it right.
48 Main St, Irvington; 914.674.4848
The motto is “Happiness is the Best Revenge,” and there’s no doubt that Revenge BBQ’s Texas-style brisket, sausages, and meats — arguably the best in the county — will put a smile on your face. “There is not much to it. We start with high quality meats, use a liberal amount of coarse ground pepper and kosher salt, and then (patiently) let the smoke do its thing,” explains co-owner Jacob Styburski, who was trained by Texas pitmasters.â€‹
302 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck; 914.341.1655
606 North Ave, New Rochelle; 914.813.8686
At Smokehouse Tailgate Grill, the emphasis is on flavorful, fall-off-the-bone barbecue and good times. The signature dish at the Mamaroneck location is their smoked wings, which are brined for 24 hours in sweet tea, smoked over applewood, and then charred on the grill with agave butter. (Note: They’re never fried.) To top it off, choose between two sauces: Nashville Hot or the non-ketchup-based Alabama White BBQ.
Photo by Kayla Garritano
13 Spencer Pl, Scarsdale; 914.874.5655
Miss the thrill of grilling your own food? This Korean barbecue restaurant lets you cook your own dinner right at the table. Test your skills by ordering popular staples like kalbi (soy-marinated short ribs) or bulgogi (sliced rib-eye), and pair it with classic Korean dishes like bibimbap and fresh vegetables.
2016 Albany Post Rd, Croton-on-Hudson; 914.271.1260
Serving up traditional barbecue for 15 years, Holy Smoke believes in pairing a good meal with some of the country’s best craft beers. For barbecue and beef lovers, go for the Texas-style brisket, smoked for 17 hours to yield moist meat that’s paired with sweet onions and just the right amount of sauce.
Photo courtesy of Three Little Pigs BBQ
481 Commerce St, Hawthorne; 914.747.2480
This little piggy went to get some grub at Three Little Pigs, where in addition to meats-by-weight, you’ll find po’boys and some outrageous platters. The Hot Mess Dish sounds like it’s about to ruin your clean shirt, with five different smoked meats (brisket, pulled pork, pork belly, chorizo, and roast chicken) smothered with barbecue sauce and served over a crispy sweet potatoes, brisket baked beans, and baby arugula with pickled beets and crumbled goat cheese.
45 Main St, Tarrytown; 914.631.5600
Go for the sandwiches, which contain carefully stacked ingredients to ensure the same combination of flavors in every bite. Staples coming out of the in-house custom smoker include brisket and pulled pork — both make finger lickin’ good sandwiches — paired with a gooey side of mac ’n’ cheese.
529 Gramatan Ave, Mount Vernon; 914.665.3490
With a name like Bar-B-Q Rib House, you can guess that fall-off-the-bone ribs are the order here. Proudly serving local and pasture-raised meats, you can grab a full rack of St. Louis, baby back, or beef ribs. Real rib lovers, take advantage of the special where you can buy one rack of ribs and get another at a discounted price.
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