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.
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
– The Charlotte Observer had not one but two separate stories in response to the tweet (again, on a story that was 4 years old)
– Lexington Barbecue fans react; Allen & Son fans react
– The Washington Post even weighed in; again, this story was 4 years old
– Then came the tweets. The awesome, awesome tweets.
– Oklahoma sushi:
– Brooklyn doughnuts:
– A solid mini-tweetstorm (click on Tweet to see follow-ups)
– There’s just way too many to pick from:
– I’m actually not one of those who don’t believe that Brooklyn doesn’t have good barbecue. I’ve certainly had bad barbecue in Brooklyn, but Hometown Bar-B-Que is very, very good (our review). Arrogant Swine is pretty good too (our review). Heck. even Dinosaur Barbecue wasn’t bad for a regional chain (our review). You may recall that Matthew Odam of the Austin-Statesman took a pulse check last November.
– Sam Jones agrees, and is a friend of Billy Durney of Hometown Bar-B-Que
– 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.
– The NC State beat writer from the News & Observer tried The Smoke Joint near Barclays and didn’t mind it (we hated it nearly 6 years ago)
– But for reals, here’s a solid PSA:
– The upcoming Randy’s Barbecue in Statesville will utilize a type of three-dimensional sign that was just approved by the city’s zoning ordinance in December
– The Michelin Guide to the 4 best barbecue restaurants in NYC includes Arrogant Swine’s eastern NC whole hog
– Tuffy Stone’s barbecue book gets a good review
– The more you know:
– A few photos from the late 50’s at the former Harrill’s Bar-B-Q in Charlotte
– A review of Prissy Polly’s in Kernersville
– Deets on a barbecue panel at SXSW 2018 in a few weeks
– The Whole Hog Barbecue Summit is Feb 24 in Kinston
– Can you find real barbecue in New Hampshire? Now that’s a question.
– Smaller menu, location in Plaza Midwood or Belmont or NoDa, and Cheerwine on the menu? WELL I’M INTERESTED:
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.
– Big news!
– More coverage on Noble Smoke from the Charlotte Business Journal
– The LA Times has an easy guide to pairing beer with barbecue
– Re-opened yesterday
– A Texas man is the first pitmaster to make Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list
– More coverage from TMBBQ on Grant Pinkerton
– 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
– Robert Moss on “The Tyranny of Texas Barbecue”
– …and TMBBQ with the retort; claims that Moss is “jealous of neighbor’s popularity”
– The 15 pitmasters for the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party have been announced; Sam Jones and Rodney Scott represent the Carolinas
– Cuegrass ’17 takes over Davie Street in front of the Pit this Saturday for a day of barbecue, beer, and bluegrass
– Henry’s Smokehouse and the Greenville BBQ Trail Tour are in this Charlotte Five article on what to do in the SC town about 1hr 40 minutes away from Charlotte
– BBQ Hub also has a Charleston barbecue tour for the burgeoning barbecue capital
– Marie, Let’s Eat! is pleasantly surprised by some barbecue in Pigeon Forge from Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
– The Smoking Ho went to the Houston BBQ Festival last weekend and took some great photos
– Wayne Mueller BBQ is eyeing a Houston-area location for expansion
– Don’t forget about the fried chicken
Eater’s The Meat Show visits Hill Country Barbecue to try a disctinctly NY style of barbecue thats a hybrid between a steakhouse and a barbecue joint.
This week on The Meat Show, host and professional carnivore Nick Solares visits New York City barbecue favorite Hill Country, to sample a meaty hybrid that’s right up his taste buds’ alley. Chef Charles Grund Jr. combines fancy steakhouse-quality beef, dry aging preparations, and barbecue techniques to create what might be the most expensive barbecue in America at $47 a pound. Is it worth it? Watch the video above to find out.
– After their campaign stop Tuesday afternoon, Obama and Hillary stopped by Midwood for pork and brisket (Obama) and chicken and ribs (Hillary)
– Village Voice takes you behind the scenes with the pitmasters the night before the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
– Scott’s BBQ is closed this week, returning a week from today
– For the home smoker, an Epicurious writer says he’s over lump hardwood charcoal because “it’s expensive, burns too hot, and doesn’t last long enough”
– Monroe, NC gets its first craft beer bar, and it also serves barbecue – Southern Range Craft Beer & BBQ
– Food Republic has the lowdown on barbecue hash, with help from Elliot Moss among others
– Time has listicles of 8 Incredible BBQ Spots in Texas (with help from Daniel Vaughn of TMBBQ) as well as 8 Best BBQ Spots in the Carolinas (with help from Rien Fertel)
– Business Insider teams with Foursquare for their list of top 50 barbecue joints ranked
– Southern Living barbecue editor Robert Moss has released an updated 2016 list of the best barbecue joints in the south