Manhattan's newest 'cue, the mighty Mighty Quinn's, set a high bar for BBQ in this city when it opened earlier this year after a successful stint at Brooklyn's Smorgasburg. Whether these Brooklyn newcomers can keep up with the competition (they join other Brooklyn BBQ joints including Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Fette Sau, Fletcher's and more) will say a lot about the quality of pit-masters making their way to the city to open new restaurants (instead of opting for the BBQ mainstays down south) — and Brooklynites' tolerance for smoked meat.
If the first days of September now signal new meat in Brooklyn, we like ours smoked, lathered in sauce and served with a side of cornbread, please.
454 Van Brunt St, Red Hook
The About Us section of Hometown's website includes words like "traditional," "classic," "Brooklyn flair," "nostalgic," "contemporary," "authentic," and "local craft beers." Sounds like a hipster going through a midlife crisis if you ask us. Eats include half hog (pork butt, belly, picnic, ribs and housemade pork rinds), lamb belly banh mi and jalapeño and cheddar sausage, which all sound great, but not particularly "traditional" to us. more >
Beast of Bourbon
710 Myrtle Avenue, Bed-Stuy
The list of Bourbon, Rye and Whisky is about as long as this enormous BBQ hall is grand. The 6,000+ square food space (reports the Village Voice) will house a meat counter, live music and a separate bar, The Flying V, in the front. The 'cue, including standbys like brisket, pulled pork and ribs and not-so-standbys like pig wings, will come from pit-master and upstate New York native Frank Davis. This newcomer might just be the wildcard of the bunch, but we're hoping it's one beast of a restaurant. more >
267 Flatbush Avenue, Prospect Heights
The pit-master, John Avila, makes this a highly anticipated opening given his training at Franklin BBQ in Austin (perhaps the most buzzed BBQ joint in the country right now, with legendarily long lines to get in). The 'cue promises to be all the classics done right, which, if it's anything as good as it's cousin in Austin, should be a real steal for Brooklyn — just watch out for the lines. more >