Good Barbecue is hard to find in NYC. This statement was true back in the 80s and 90s but not so today. With the coming of Daisy May’s, Dinosaur BBQ, Fete Sau, Brisket Town, Mighty Quinn’s and now Hometown BBQ you can get your barbecue fix relatively easily. Relatively easily because you still have to deal with the substantial wait times once you get there. Be patient though because the food is worth the wait.
We found Hometown BBQ by chance as we were wandering (read lost) in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. The nondescript exterior belied the deliciousness of the food inside. What was that about judging a book? Well, that proverb applies here.
Inside you have a homey laid back atmosphere with picnic table dining, reminiscent of a traditional barbecue joint.
Their menu is an interesting mix of traditional barbecue offerings like ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and more esoteric offerings like lamb belly, banh mi, tacos, and Sriracha hot wings.
We’ve had the brisket, pulled pork, beef rib, spare ribs, Sriracha hot wings, brisket tacos, and the lamb belly banh mi. I would be hard pressed to say which I liked the most as they are all equally delicious, especially when paired with either their sticky sauce or hot & sweet sauces.
The brisket was tender, moist, flavorful and not overly smoky. When slathered with their sweet and tangy sticky sauce it took on a more complex flavor. Having it as a taco further enhanced the flavor’s complexity with the addition of salsa verde, pickled red onions, sour cream, lime, and cilantro.
The beef rib was a gargantuan hunk of smoked beefy goodness. Tender, beefy, juicy, and not too smoky, this rib was enough for two. Keep the rib as a souvenir of this gustatory experience,
The big surprise of the day was their lamb belly banh mi. It was absolutely delicious, not gamy nor fatty with a great balance of sweet and tanginess from the pickles, which was further enhanced by an application of a mixture of their sticky and hot & sweet sauces.
Of the sides, we had the texas-style queso mac & cheese, smoked pit beans, backyard potato salad, Hometown Slaw and corn bread. Of the sides, the most noteworthy were the texas-style queso mac & cheese and the corn bread.
If you decide to give this place a try, come early as they tend to get crowded on the weekends.