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Best Barbecue In Brooklyn

February 3, 2014 5:00 AM

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You don’t need to travel to Dallas, Memphis or the Carolinas for stellar barbecue anymore. Quality BBQ is well represented in New York City. The barbecue food trend has crossed the river into Brooklyn, with many restaurants worth a trip to the outer borough. By Adrienne Smith.

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Photo Credit: Fette Sau

Photo Credit: Fette Sau

Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 963-3404
www.fettesaubbq.com

Williamsburg’s Fette Sau, or “fat pig” in German, offers barbecue in an old auto-body repair shop outfitted with long communal tables. The smoker churns out dry-rubbed meats like Berkshire Pork Belly, Brisket and Berkshire St. Louis Style Pork Ribs. Ask for recommendations on the many North American bourbons and whiskeys, and you’re set for the night. But be prepared for a wait, especially on weekends.

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Photo Credit: Fletcher's BBQ

Photo Credit: Fletcher’s BBQ

Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue
433 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(347) 763-2680
www.fletchersbklyn.com

Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue offers just that: wood-smoked barbecue with a distinct Brooklyn flair. All meat is local, pickles are made daily in-house and the wood comes from Upstate New York. The Char Siu pork shoulder is cut into steaks, with Asian-inspired flavors like ginger, hoisin and soy. Fletcher’s also offers more traditional BBQ fare, like its excellent brisket sandwich. And while all of Fletcher’s sides are worth trying, the mac and cheese is particularly good.

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Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Morgan’s
267 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 622-2224
www.morgansbrooklynbarbecue.com

Morgan’s is a relative newcomer to the Brooklyn BBQ scene, opening in late 2013. But the Prospect Heights restaurant has quickly established itself, led by John Avila of famed Austin’s Franklin Barbecue. Morgan’s focuses on traditional dry-rub meats with Texas roots. Try the fatty brisket and pulled pork, and tuck into the Frito pie on the side if you’re feeling indulgent.

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Photo Credit: Briskettown

Photo Credit: Briskettown

Briskettown – Delaney Barbecue
359 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 701-8909
http://delaneybbq.com/briskettown/

Williamsburg restaurant Briskettown stemmed from smoker Dan Delaney’s “Brisketlab” recipe project at New York pop-up locations. The namesake brisket is rubbed with a peppercorn-heavy rub, slowly cooked and served with pickles and sliced raw onion. You won’t find barbecue sauce here, but the brisket’s spice rub packs enough punch on its own. If you’re craving barbecue for breakfast, try Briskettown’s breakfast taco. The famous brisket is stuffed into flour tortillas with scrambled eggs cooked with crème fraiche, pickled red onion and chile tomato sauce.

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Photo Credit: The Smoke Joint

Photo Credit: The Smoke Joint

The Smoke Joint
87 S Elliot Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 797-1011
www.bcrestaurantgroup.com/tsj

This barbecue joint is a stone’s throw from the Barclays Center – perfect for a pre- or post-game meal. The Smoke Joint, nestled into a charming square in Fort Greene, serves up “real New York barbecue.” The Joint Hot Dog can come topped with pulled pork, chicken or beef, and is one of the best hot dogs around. The pulled pork, smoked over 12 hours over hickory, and the Brooklyn chicken wings, served sweet or spicy, are both solid choices.

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Adrienne Smith manages Lifestyle & Entertainment content for CBS Local. Follow her on Twitter.

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