The story of Billy Durney’s path to opening Hometown Bar-B-Que in Red Hook and how he fed a community in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy even before the doors of his restaurant officially opened. Both Speedy and I loved Hometown few years back, but I didn’t know this fantastic story until this video.
When Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast, all the hard work and heart Billy Durney put toward building his dream restaurant came to an unexpected halt. But that didn’t stop this bodyguard-turned-pitmaster from pulling through for his Brooklyn community. He lifted his hometown’s spirits with damn good barbecue, and in turn, they inspired his greatest pursuit yet.
Arrogant Swine in Bushwick demonstrates a Carolina whole hog technique on a whole lamb.
On today’s fresh episode of Prime Time, Ben Turley and Brent Young head to a barbecue restaurant called Arrogant Swine, to meet up with Tyson Ho, an expert in North Carolina barbecue. The guys talk whole animal barbecue, and why cooking whole lambs makes so much sense.
– Just a few more items from the #BrooklynBBQ controversy last week
I talked to @Nicholasgill, author of the infamous Brooklyn BBQ article. He usually writes about conservation & foodways in South America, “but nobody cares about that,” he told me. “They care about barbecue.” https://t.co/IIok4qvZBM
They opened B’s doors at 9 a.m. on those days (the Riverside restaurant usually doesn’t open until 11 a.m.), slinging Council’s biscuits stuffed with country ham and apple butter or Furman’s fried chicken or sausage gravy. “If you come to a barbecue joint looking for a healthy breakfast, you’re in the wrong place,” Furman says. “We do not do gluten-free here!”
At some point, they added brisket hash to the menu. Then, they started selling beignets. And almost every morning, they sold out.
When a re-posting of a 2014 article takes over the internet on a Sunday; Munchies on how one food writer noticed a micro-trend of barbecue restaurants around the world modeling their restaurants on Fette Sau in Brooklyn
– Sam Jones agrees, and is a friend of Billy Durney of Hometown Bar-B-Que
Take a breath folks. BBQ is defined by geography. To say any is superior to the other is simply a personal preference, and a bit closed-minded. In my opinion, @BillyDurney does some fine work in Brooklyn.
– A few NC sportswriters in Brooklyn for this week’s ACC Tournament actually tried Fette Sau and the verdict? Actually pretty good!
When all was said and done, the four Carolina boys that showed up on their barbecue high-horse were left with little room to eat their words — fat and surprisingly happy — after chowing down on a couple pounds of meat.
Sean Evans of Hot Ones fame explores NYC’s barbecue scene
Once mocked for its lack of quality smoked meats, NYC has finally become a serious contender on the national BBQ scene. But does it have the chops to appease two Texas locals? In the hopes of gaining some perspective, Sean Evans enlists the help of Barbara Dunkelman and Burnie Burns—two of the visionaries behind Austin-based production company Rooster Teeth. At Fletcher’s in Brooklyn, chef Matt Fisher is busy combining Southern cooking techniques with international flavors, creating a barbecue style that’s distinctly New York. Will the pork char siu be enough to convert Barbara and Burnie to the church of NYC BBQ? Watch an all new episode of SITW and find out.
A different twist on the “Foreigners Try American BBQ” video concept. A recently transplanted Texan gets a mini barbecue tour of Texas joints in NYC: Fette Sau in Brooklyn and Hill Country and Blue Smoke in Manhattan.
Gotta say – why didn’t they try Hometown Bar-B-Que in Red Hook though? I can only assume because it isn’t a strictly Texas joint despite it having both brisket and beef ribs.
– An Austin rag “takes the temperature” of the barbecue scene in Brooklyn and with one exception finds that it doesn’t quite add up to Austin
– Everyone has a dark past, and NC barbecue is certainly no different; it had a beef phase
NC BBQ hasn’t always been pork-centric. Dale Volberg Reed turned up this great clip from Rockingham NC in 1919 (Her husband John Shelton Reed notes it’s from “before we got hogmatic”) pic.twitter.com/PKZKPvjApq
Nick Solares tries adobo and sisig. The video refers to the dishes as “Filipino barbecue” but even though its focused on pig it’s not quite the same as wood-smoked american barbecue. No sight of lechon, though.
Host and professional carnivore Nick Solares heads to the Cobble Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn to sample the Filipino barbecue at F.O.B. (Fresh Off the Boat).