Has any cuisine expanded its Brooklyn presence in recent years more than barbecue? Last year BrisketTown, Fletcher’s and Fort Reno opened, joining established spots like Fette Sau. But the slow-cooked meat scene shows no signs of slowing down here. Introducing eight new, revamped or soon-to-open ways to get your fill of Brooklyn barbecue.
1. NYC BBQ: Hometown
Hometown’s menu is a mix of Brooklyn cultural influences, like Caribbean jerk chicken and traditional Texas style barbecue like this brisket above. Photo: Hometown BBQ
RED HOOK–Borough-born pitmaster Billy Durney was preparing to open his Red Hook restaurant around this time last year, and while Sandy pushed things back significantly, Hometown BBQ is now finally ready to go, with plans to start serving by the end of August. We got an advance taste of Durney’s Brooklyn-style BBQ, which melds cultural influences culled from his experience growing up in Old Mill Basin. That includes Vietnamese flavors in a lamb belly bahn mi, a modified take on Caribbean jerk chicken, and an amazingly juicy jalapeño-cheddar sausage made for Hometown at nearby Paisano’s meat market, then topped with a housemade mustard and Brooklyn Brine pickles. There’s also more traditional Texas and Carolina-style BBQ to be had, including tender pork ribs, brisket and pork shoulder. Located directly across from Fairway, the large, casual space is outfitted with salvaged 150-year-old hemlock wood, faded American flags and Christmas lights strewn above Edison bulbs for a VFW hall meets hipsterville look. Throw in live music and a full bar, and it’s easy to see how Hometown will reel in the crowds. 454 Van Brunt St. (between Reed & Beard sts.), 347-294-4644
2. Pre-Game Spot: Morgan’s
PROSPECT HEIGHTS–This newcomer near Barclays Center is also set to join the BBQ party by month’s end. The Texas-style oak-smoked meats, available as sandwiches or platters, will include brisket, ribs, pulled pork, chicken, turkey and sausage along with sweets like bourbon pecan pie. The prime attraction looks to be the sizable Flatbush Avenue patio–a nice spot to enjoy some outdoor drinks and ‘cue before an arena visit. And perhaps even more exciting is that the same owners will simultaneously open a second Brooklyn branch of The Elbow Room next door, serving top-notch mac-and-cheese from a street-facing window, making this intersection the borough’s new comfort food corner. 267 Flatbush Ave. (at St. Marks Ave.)
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