In honor of Election Day, I wanted to share some thoughts on the great American tradition of barbeque. Many outsiders (from “real America”…sorry, had to throw that in), do not realize that NYC is a barbeque hotspot. My husband and I have visited most of the well-known barbeque spots in the city (Hill Country, Wildwood Barbeque, Spanky’s BBQ, Blue Smoke, Virgil’s Real Barbecue…and probably a few more I can’t recall). Our top spots are listed below with a few menu items that you should seek out at each restaurant. If pressed, I suppose that I would say that Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is my top pick overall, but you can’t go wrong with any of these spots.
Daisy May’s – Golden Spicy Cornbread, Creamed Spinach, Pulled Chicken (best in the city)
R.U.B. – Pulled Pork (best in the city), Deep Fried Oreos (the sides are a bit lackluster, leaving more room for this dangerous dessert)
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Bar-B-Que Pork Ribs, any of the Homemade Sides, Peanut Butter Pie (not the exact name)
For cooking barbeque at home, I highly recommend Barefoot Contessa’s barbeque sauce. This recipe is a staple in our apartment and one of my husband’s favorite dishes. Since we don’t have a grill, here’s how I prepare pulled chicken (recipe courtesy of my friend Caroline):
Marinate chicken in sauce for two days (Barefoot Contessa recipe makes enough sauce for four pounds of chicken). Bake at 350 for 1 hour 15 minutes (covered in aluminum foil) or until chicken is tender and flakes with fork; bake 15 additional minutes uncovered if needs more time. Shred with fork and serve.
Now go vote if you haven’t done so yet!