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8 Places to Get Tender, Slow-Smoked Barbecue in Westchester

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These Westchester County barbecue dens dish up some of the best down-home smokehouse grub the Hudson Valley has to offer.

If your grill is hibernating until Memorial Day, have no fear—Westchester offers a bounty of options for satisfying a craving for fall-off-the-bone, tender, slow-smoked meats (without the hassle of the grill).  Here’s are 8 places doing barbecue right.

Bar-B-Q Rib House

529 Gramatan Ave, Mount Vernon; 914.665.3490

This casual spot should be on every rib lover’s radar. An array of meat is on the menu, from wings to burgers to seafood, but the ribs are the focal point. Order the tender St. Louis or baby back by the rack, and don’t forget to check out the combo plates with chicken or shrimp if you’re feeling particularly carnivorous.

Holy Smoke BBQ

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.


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Pik Nik BBQ

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.


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Smokehouse Tailgate Grill

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. The signature dish at the Mamaroneck location is the smoked Tailgate Wings, which are brined for 24 hours in sweet tea, smoked over applewood, and then charred on the grill, never fried. To top it off, choose between three sauces: Nashville Hot, agave, or the non-ketchup-based Alabama White BBQ.

Three Little Pigs BBQ of Hawthorne

481 Commerce St, Hawthorne; 914.747.2480

Three Little Pigs of Hawthorne turns out succulent, mouth-watering barbecue guaranteed to fill your belly and put a smile on your face. Groups may be interested in one of two Family Packs, the most outrageous being the Ultimate Hog. This meat lover’s dream features several pounds of brisket, pork, sausage, wings, and ribs, plus your choice of eight sides.

Whole Hog Cafe

2542 Central Park Ave, Yonkers; 914.713.4924

Award-winning barbecue takes center stage at this casual joint. Barbecue fanatics will lose it over the Memphis-style meat, which is slow-cooked and pit-smoked to perfection. Try the namesake pork, a Memphis classic, topped with one of the sauces numbered 1 to 6; #3 (Spicy) and #5 (Sweet) have proven to be most popular. The heaping sides of baked beans or fluffy cornbread aren’t to be missed, either.


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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 them with classic Korean dishes like bibimbap and fresh vegetables.

Bonus: Food Truck Barbecue!

Crafty ’Cue

Roaming; 914.266.2425

Crafty ’Cue is making its name in Westchester’s food truck scene thanks to its delicious and innovative barbecue sandwiches. Just like the truck’s location, the menu is subject to change, but the North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich highlights a staple of Carolina-style barbecue: pork! Barbecue from the eastern region focuses on the pig itself, so this shoulder meat is dressed lightly in an apple cider vinegar sauce.


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